29 September, 2008

A low sort of person

A friend of mine (she's not the low one) found an uncorrected proof copy of Tender Morsels in a Newtown second-hand bookshop, for sale.

People, those proofs are clearly marked NOT FOR SALE. If you were sent one, if you no longer want to keep it, the proper etiquette would be to do one of the following:
  1. pass it on to someone else to read, with no exchange of cash involved
  2. even better, send it back to Allen & Unwin
  3. destroy it, or
  4. put it out with the recycling.
Giving it to St Vinnies to sell for $4 a week before the publishing date—hey, why not just come over here and smack my face with the thing?

Yes, and St Vinnies should know better too. Still, I guess at least someone benefited.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Stephanie Campisi said...

Ugh, that's no good. I must say that I've seen a few ARCs (none of yours, though, promise!) floating around in secondhand bookshops of late. I've always wondered how they end up there, given the rather larger 'NOT FOR RESALE' signs on them.

Perhaps they come in through a bulk purchase and aren't checked before being stuffed on to the shelves? It's a mystery, for sure.

29 September, 2008 11:36  
Anonymous Stephanie Campisi said...

Oops, 'large', not 'larger'.

That's what I get for not finishing my coffee!

29 September, 2008 11:37  
Blogger The Scarlet Tree said...

That really is appalling Excuse my ignorance though, but how would they have gotten a copy in the first place??

29 September, 2008 23:04  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Hi, Scarlet Tree: Someone who was sent a copy to review or to otherwise spread the word would have donated it to St Vinnies' shop. Probably they get a lot of books sent to them; probably, as Stephanie says, they donated a lot of books at once. Probably the St Vinnies volunteers putting them out for sale didn't look at the covers any more than they needed to in order to get the books the right way up.

30 September, 2008 08:08  

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