Chris in the UK asks:
What on earth are ARCs?
I sometimes forget that readers of this blog might not be hip to all the publishing lingo. So let me explain...
An ARC is an Advanced Reading Copy (also known as a bound galley or uncorrected proof). It's a pre-publication edition of a book that is printed by the publisher to send out to reviewers, producers, booksellers and other trade people in hopes of generating reviews, word-of-mouth and orders.
ARCs are softcover editions, printed in limited quantities and usually sent out 3-6 months before the book is available in stores. They are generally 99% the same as the finished product, although sometimes they are edited slightly -- either for content or, more typically, for typos, grammar, etc. -- before publication.