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Another First-- EBAY

So, today I discovered something, erm, interesting.


Yep, you can now bid on your very own PRADA ARC.

At first, this really bugged me. Especially the part that said the book was "unused and unread". I mean, really? You didn't want to read it? AT ALL?

And then I kind of wanted to bid on it myself, though I'm not sure why.

But after some discussion with a few author-friends, I've come to the conclusion that Prada on ebay is not a terrible thing. If someone is bidding on it, it means that they actually, you know, really want to read my ARC. And that's better than the ARC sitting somewhere collecting dust.

So there you go, peeps! If you want to read Prada, feel free to bid on it on eBay.


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Jan. 5th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
i went to see john green speak once, and had an ARC of looking for alaska signed. I asked him if it was tacky to get an ARC signed and he said "no way! as long as you don't sell it on ebay!"

what a strange situation, though!
Jan. 5th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't worry about it too much. I've purchased ARCs a couple of times on eBay, when I absolutely could not wait to read the book in question, but I invariably buy the official release when it comes out, so there's no loss to the author :)

On the other hand, there have been a couple of occasions when I have bought what was advertised as a new hardcover, and received an ARC instead. THAT makes me positively livid, as you can imagine. Thankfully in both instances I demanded my money back and got a refund--and kept the book ;)

Edited at 2009-01-05 09:00 pm (UTC)
Jan. 5th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
That's weird. I guess I'd be wondering which person to whom I'd sent one of my few and valued ARCs was classless enough to auction it off without even reading it. But you're probably looking at it with the right attitude. Still... odd!
Jan. 5th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
very true...but yet I dont think it was anyone that *I* sent Arc's too (or that *I* forwarded the request, anyway, sincne i"m not mailing any myself unless its a contest or something).... I am thinking it may perhaps be a bookstore rep or someone who went to a book fair. They are selling quite a few ARC's. They may have gotten duplicates or something.

*Says she who looks at the bright side after others show it to her*
Jan. 5th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool - I didn't think of it that way. I was just thinking about the precious 30 or so that are spelled out in my contract that *I* will receive and that I know I'll have to use for marketing. But yeah... it makes sense that the pub house has a bunch, too, that they're using for their own purposes.

OK - now I don't feel so righteously indignant anymore! :-)
Jan. 5th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
I got 20, but I'm not using any for reviewers, as my editor told me to forward those requests to her. I dont think all pub houses are quite as generous.

The 30 in your contract are probably "Author Copies" not ARC's, unless your contract is different. I dont have my author copies yet.
Jan. 5th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
I've seen a couple of MUDVILLE ARCs pop up on used bookstores, and it does bug me a little, since their uncorrected proofs and because I don't get royalties, although it's really just one or two. I'm sure it's not technically legal to re-sell ARCs but it happens all the time and I don't think it's a battle the publishers are picking.
Jan. 5th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
Did you put it in your watch box? Just to see how high it goes?
Jan. 5th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
oh, this is a little weird! I'm kind of with meredith - I'd want to see how high the bidding goes! Don't worry, I still have my copy, not unused, but read happily! (do you want me to pass it on to anyone, btw?)
Jan. 5th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
did you see my debs post on this? Yours is listed by the same seller.
Jan. 5th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
WHAT??? No, I'm going to go read your post now
Jan. 5th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
I can understand your worries over your first book being on EBAY. :) I'm happy that your author friends was able to settle your fears and helped to show you that it's a good thing. :) Personally, I'm not a big EBAY fan....
Jan. 6th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
I get the feeling it's someone who got a BUNCH of copies and wants to unload, and they probably don't have a used bookstore around to do so with.
Jan. 6th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
It bugged me too when I first found an ARC of Something to Blog About on ebay right before the book was released. It still bugs me that people put up these books that say "Not for sale" on the covers so they can make money off of something they didn't pay for. But on the other hand, someone who buys it might love it so much that they tell all their friends, which would make up for it. :)
Jan. 7th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
I was just looking at the different ARCs that that book store had and what the bid price is now:

Prada is now at $16.38
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is still only at $.99 and The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson is at $10.29

so I'd say that's a compliment!
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