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New Twist on ARC sales: Free gift with purchase.

Some enterprising ebayer is trying to get around the “not for resale” limitation on ARCs by offering up the ARC as a free gift with purchase. Obviously he is really selling the ARC but since he is “giving” the ARC away with a book for sale, he looks to be within the guidelines of ARC distribution. What now for authors? Get on your publishers, ladies. Get a tighter hold on the distribution of ARCs. These ebayers. So clever.

PS Would like a New Moon arc. I think Little Brown would like to give me one. Alas, *sniffle*, no copies are around to be given. In lieu of a New Moon ARC, I would definitely be pacified with an ARC of Lover Awakened by JR Ward or No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole. Just saying.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. AngieW
    Jun 15, 2006 @ 07:49:20


    I’d love an ARC of Kresley Cole’s, No Rest for the Wicked, I adored that first book even when I thought I wouldn’t.

    And I’m telling you, just wait for the hits you’re going to get now.

    ARCs will be sold on Ebay, I think that’s a fact of life. I mean, for some people, the money would be impossible to resist. Given the number of random emails I’ve had asking to buy mine and name my price, I think people see the dollars signs. And isn’t that kind of human nature? Hey, Lover Awakened would pay my gas bill and my electric bill at this point. How many people struggling day to day can really turn down that much cash?

  2. May
    Jun 15, 2006 @ 11:31:54

    Yeah on the hits.

    Ever since Angie decided to get her jollies taunting me with her Lover Awakened ARC, I’ve been getting hits nearly every day from people searching for “Lover Awakened ARC”.

    If they are really that upset, then they can hire assassins to go take out every single ARC seller on the planet. Illegal perhaps, but oh so satisfying.

  3. Tara Marie
    Jun 16, 2006 @ 07:16:31

    I would definitely be pacified with an ARC of Lover Awakened by JR Ward or No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole.

    Ah, wouldn’t we all.

    And, Angie’s right about the extra hits. I whined about wanting the JR Ward last week and I’m still getting hits from it.

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