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Nov 2, 2011, 12:41pm Top

Can we donate the ER books to our local library after we've read them?

Will the library take a book that has written on its cover that it is an advance reader copy?

Nov 2, 2011, 12:49pm Top

You can try, but I'd guess that most libraries won't take them, since they aren't the final published work and haven't gone through final editing. Illustrations may be missing, and if the book is non-fiction, it's likely lacking the index, foot- or endnotes, appendices, etc. that will appear in the final work.

A lot of libraries won't take any donations, depending on their acquisitions policy.

But ask! You never know. And if the library won't take it for its collection, they may have a library book sale to which you could donate your ARCs.

Nov 2, 2011, 12:51pm Top

>1 skf: - Also, be sure not to completely delete the book from your library, since doing so will delete your review. And note that the LTER terms prohibit selling LTER titles (anything other than that is okay).

Nov 2, 2011, 12:54pm Top

As a librarian, I would not accept them as donations if they are clearly marked as advanced reader copies as they are not the final product.

Nov 2, 2011, 1:17pm Top

There are always a lot of ARCs on the sale shelves at my library. I don't think I've ever seen an ARC in the library's actual collection though.

Nov 2, 2011, 2:25pm Top

Another issue with the ARCs in the library collection is that they are cheaply bound - they won't stand up well to multiple check outs. Many libraries buy their books with special "library binding" so as to withstand the heavy use. ARCs typically have cheaper-than-average binding because they're not meant to be lasting tomes.

Ask your library, though - they may take them for a book sale.

Nov 2, 2011, 4:14pm Top

I usually BookCross the ones I don't want to keep ... though that's not many!

Nov 2, 2011, 4:57pm Top

I've seen several people donate ARCs to teachers' classroom libraries at local high schools or to women's shelters, halfway houses, etc.

Nov 2, 2011, 5:26pm Top

How about a homeless shelter or women's day shelter?

Nov 2, 2011, 6:50pm Top

I often donate mine to the "free giveaway" section at the library.

Nov 2, 2011, 8:21pm Top

I've "donated" several of mine to my son's girlfriend, a single mother who likes to read and can't afford to create her own library just yet. :)

Nov 2, 2011, 9:16pm Top

i've given some away on my blog.

Edited: Nov 3, 2011, 12:14pm Top

I give them to family and friends. My local library will put them on their free table but another library I go to has them on their shelves.

Nov 4, 2011, 1:07pm Top

In my town there is a retired book reviewer who used to work at a large newspaper. He still gets review copies and writes a column in the local newspaper about them, and donates many of them to the library. My library doesn't seem to have a problem with it.

Nov 4, 2011, 4:51pm Top

I think y'all are talking about two different things. Donating to the library to be put on the shelves vs. donating to the library so it can be sold in some sort of used book room for fifty or twenty five, or whatever small amount of money.

I do think that most libraries really don't want to put ARCs on their shelves because it isn't quite kosher.

And a whole lot of libraries sometimes don't even run their Used book sales/rooms themselves, but their Friends of the Library do, so....

Nov 11, 2011, 10:59am Top

Thanks. I have some ideas of what to do.

I do wonder if I am allowed to donate to the library and THEY are allowed to sell as a used book?

Nov 14, 2011, 9:57am Top

>16 skf:, the practical person in me says, 'ah, come on most places are selling them for fifty cents to a dollar or less and in a library it's for non-profit as well', but, the rest of me does wonder, and it is a good question.

Nov 14, 2011, 10:28am Top

My library's "Friends of the Library" has a special shelf for ARC's. They are free -- not for sale -- but do have a "suggested donation". :-)

Nov 14, 2011, 10:47am Top

Another question: If the ARC really is pre-publication date, should we wait until after to donate it?

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