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Mark Atwood
Waiting for Rainbow's End.
ARCs of Rainbows End are in the hands of reviewers and buzz-generating readers, such as John Scalzi, Charlie Stross, and James Nicoll.

I had a brainstorm, and just hit eBay. ARCs always show up on eBay.

Nope. None of the reviewers want to give up their copy.

This is a good sign for the lack of suckitude of the novel. But it still means I have to wait until May.

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helix90 From: helix90 Date: January 31st, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Either that or the publishers are figuring out that advanced copies are being auctioned, and have started writing in to the contract that the reviewer can not auction off the copy.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: January 31st, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
They've always forbidden the sale of ARCs (they usually have "not for resell" stamped in and on them.).

However, there is no "contract" for the publishers. The vast majority of ARCs are distributed unsolicited. Once you get on the "magic lists", they just start showing up in the mail, unbidden.

There was an article in Arts&Letters daily a year or so ago, about the sale of ARCs being an open secret with a long tradition. Many very well known "men of letters" survived in lean times by selling reviewer ARCs to used bookstores.
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