Horns on Ebay ?

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Horns on Ebay ?

Postby Roomtemp on Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:16 pm

Hi All,

Saw this on ebay for a split second this morning... Was tempted but my ebay account had been hacked so it was snatched before I could fix it. Anyway I saw that Joe had twittered they had released 300 ARCs into the "wild" so I was wondering on the authenticity. Has Joe done any signings of these yet? Seems early but who knows. And if they are real I am going to be doubly pissed at the german hacker who hacked my account..

http://cgi.ebay.com/Joe-Hill-HORNS-ARC-SIGNED_W0QQitemZ170391390130QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Fiction_Books?hash=item27ac1e47b2
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby Nerak on Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:24 pm

These are the advance reader copies so the publisher can get reviews. So, no signings yet. These go to reviewers, book stores and such.
And bad german hacker!!!!!
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby Roomtemp on Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:29 pm

So Karen.... Do you think these were fakes?

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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby Shane on Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:26 pm

Nerak wrote:So, no signings yet.


Technically, this is both right and wrong.

While there haven't been any formal signings for HORNS (due to the fact the book isn't out for several more months at this point), Joe was scheduled to make an appearance at last weekend's New England Independent Booksellers Association. On their itinerary, a reception with a selection of authors signing was scheduled; Joe could have easily have signed the books then and there. It's not uncommon for attendees of such things to put sought-after galleys up for sale. Without having spoken to Joe specifically about this I will say that the signature on the copy up on eBay I saw the other day looked legit, as did the illustration seem like something Joe would have included.

For whatever it's worth...
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby LauraK on Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:07 pm

Oh my goodness. I so would've paid $55 for that. Great inscription, too.

I hope I get a chance for a sig after Horns is released....one day I'll make it to a signing...somehow!
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby LauraK on Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:31 pm

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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby demorganakamark on Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:33 pm

I dont thinnk that they are suppose to sell ARC's in the first place. lol
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby Nerak on Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:12 pm

Shane wrote:
Nerak wrote:So, no signings yet.


Technically, this is both right and wrong.

While there haven't been any formal signings for HORNS (due to the fact the book isn't out for several more months at this point), Joe was scheduled to make an appearance at last weekend's New England Independent Booksellers Association. On their itinerary, a reception with a selection of authors signing was scheduled; Joe could have easily have signed the books then and there. It's not uncommon for attendees of such things to put sought-after galleys up for sale. Without having spoken to Joe specifically about this I will say that the signature on the copy up on eBay I saw the other day looked legit, as did the illustration seem like something Joe would have included.

For whatever it's worth...



oh so sorry for the mis-information. Cool about the reception...now I wish I could have snuck in! LOL
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby LauraK on Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:36 pm

No, I'm sure they aren't supposed to....hm. That makes me wonder.

Shane- Can they legally ship these arcs to people who win them on eBay before the book's actual release date? Or is there no stopping them?
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby James on Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:06 pm

LauraK,

I don't believe there's any stopping them.
They're not supposed to, but a lot, not most,
people are out to make a buck.

Personally, I own quite a few arc's that I've purchased
via abebooks and ebay. I'm one of those psychos that
likes to try to purchase every version of a novel / story
that is produced. I own the complete collection of arc's
from Steve Berry and could most likely sell them at a
HUGE price. The first arc printed of his was only 200
coppies and it's uber rare. Would I ever sell it...HELL NO!
Would I ever sell any of Joe's collection I have...A double
HELL NO...HELL NO.

I hope to get an arc copy of HORNS to read and to keep
in pristine shape. I would pay a good price for it...I guess
that's why people sell them.
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby James on Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:13 pm

to speak of the DEVIL...

I just...I mean...I JUST picked up the arc
of HSB off ebay for $30. The price was $49.95
or best offer. Of course, I offered $30. They
had two available...and I just picked up one of
them. Shipping is $4.

Jump on it quick!
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby demorganakamark on Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:45 pm

James wrote:to speak of the DEVIL...

I just...I mean...I JUST picked up the arc
of HSB off ebay for $30. The price was $49.95
or best offer. Of course, I offered $30. They
had two available...and I just picked up one of
them. Shipping is $4.

Jump on it quick!

Im jumping, im jumping
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby James on Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:53 pm

demorganakamark,


Im jumping, im jumping


did you get it?
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby demorganakamark on Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:00 pm

James wrote:demorganakamark,


Im jumping, im jumping


did you get it?

still waiting
tick, tock.......man, i want it
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Re: Horns on Ebay ?

Postby Shane on Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:04 pm

LauraK wrote:Shane- Can they legally ship these arcs to people who win them on eBay before the book's actual release date? Or is there no stopping them?


Laura,

ARCs (which are also knows as 'galleys') are a weird thing. Plenty of books come out in an advanced form to seek out blurbs or garner reviews. For the most part, many of them are unremarkable and truly serve their purpose for just that objective. Others, for authors who are dear to you personally, or more famous relatively, have their galleys sought after a bit more for collector purposes. They are, almost never different from their finished siblings, but just offer a look at a book prior to its official release.

I have several of them, and I pulled three of them off the shelf to look at them before replying to you. One of them had no caution or directive on it at all, but merely said it was an uncorrected proof and is subject to change. The other was a bit more wordy, saying that it's not for sale, and exists for review purposes. The last one had a full disclaimer that threatened potential litigation for any misconduct associated with it, including the sale (or transfer!) to any third-party.

Technically, the idea is they're not supposed to be for sale. But, that's to be meant for bookstores/dealers, I would think. Regular people sell all kinds of stuff to one another. Personally, I'm a bit like James in that I like to get the galley for books that are of a particular favorite or fondness to me. I find galleys all the time in independent bookstores. When I used to work at a bookstore, they'd come in all the time; fiction, cookbooks, history, etc. They'd go on a shelf out back, and employees were welcome to them. Every once in a while, one from a major/popular author would come in, and that was a bit different. But I don't think I've ever seen anything substantially different in a galley from the final product, aside from a typo here or there.
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