Saturday, April 07, 2007
What do you think should be done with review copies of books? I know there are things that are obviously wrong to do. Like readers at large presses trying to Ebay advance review copies of books by famous authors for thousands of dollars. And then there's something else that seems wrong, just throwing out a book that I don't want to keep. I know the book was given to me to review, not to profiteer from. But the exact nature of acceptable and unacceptable conduct seems a little vague--so I could use some input.
Currently I tend to just delete ebooks; for some reason that doesn't bother me. But what about ebooks on CD? Are these still digital files and so illegal to even give away to another person? But they are still books. I am constitutionally unable to just stuff them in the trash. Hard copies I either keep or give away to friends. Is it okay to drop them off at the Goodwill store if nobody wants them? How about this? I will list all the review copies I have in a tangible form and I will send them to anyone who agrees to review them, on their own blog or here. Then you can figure out what to do with them!