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ARC: Advance Reader's Copy

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ARC of a novel

The Dial Press / Random House
Definition: ARC is an acronym used to denote an "advance reader's copy" on a printed preview copy of a book. The purpose of an ARC is to get early reads and create pre-publication "buzz" from booksellers and/or publicity venues. ARCs are labeled as such ("Not for Resale") and resemble paperback books--they have a near-final version of the actual book jacket, and usually include promotional copy (such as advertising, marketing and PR plans). ARCs are expensive to produce and distribute, and are usually reserved for major releases.

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