Is selling ARCs of a book, before pub. date, considered theft?

I think it’s unethical. When you receive an ARC you should treat it with the same respect as you would confidential client information.

A Bibliophile's Reverie


 Picture Taken from a recent product page, for a “Prince Lestat” ARC, being sold nearly three months prior to the slated Publication Date.
**Click the hyperlinked text, to be taken to the incriminating Ebay page, which really quite shocked me, to say the least!**

As a book blogger, it is commonplace for me to receive Advance Reader Copies, or Galleys, for books, which I might review and feature here on this book blog. These ARCs are rarely ever shared with anyone else, besides myself, and I have never thought to sell them on Ebay, because there is an unspoken truce between publishers and media outlets to not sell galleys or advance reader copies for profit, in advance of a book’s slated release/publication date. Some people might be wondering, “Why are you writing this article, exposing this kind of stuff, when the practical thing is neither to raise attention to it…

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~ by Sumiko Saulson on September 3, 2014.

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