I just got a google alert today for The Familiars. Excited, I clicked on the link, hoping to find a new press blurb in Publisher's Weekly or a favorable mention in someone's blog. To my dismay, I was directed to Ebay to find that someone had placed an ARC of The Familiars on the site for the low bargain price of $5. Selling a proof of a book that they no doubt received for free.
Click here to see the book on Ebay.
With a quick search I came to see that this is an ongoing issue for authors and the publishing community. Here is a great blog entry on sharonlovesbookandcats talking about how we can bust arc ebayers and a nice blog entry on wordforteens debating the problem.
What do you all think about people putting author's pre-published advanced reader copies of their books up for sale on Ebay? And what can we do to put a stop to this?