January 10, 2015 in 

Advanced copy, also known as galleys or uncorrected proofs, are early versions of a book that are typically sent to reviewers, booksellers, and librarians to generate advance word-of-mouth publicity. While they are not the final version of the book, they can give readers a good idea of what to expect from the finished product.

Advanced copies are usually printed well before the book’s release date, which can be months or even years before the book hits shelves. This allows reviewers and other opinion leaders to read and comment on the book before it is widely available. It also lets booksellers jump on stocking the book and promoting it to customers.

Libraries also use advanced copies to make purchasing decisions and to build awareness for upcoming titles. In some cases, they may even make the book available to patrons before it is released to the general public.

The main purpose of sending them out is to generate buzz and interest in the book. Reviews in major publications can help generate interest and sales, and getting the book into the hands of booksellers and librarians can help ensure that it will be available when readers are looking for it.

They can be acquired in a number of ways. Reviewers and other opinion leaders are often sent them directly from publishers. Booksellers and librarians can also request them, and they are sometimes available for purchase at industry trade shows.

If you’re a book lover, you may have received an advanced copy of a book at some point. They can be fun to read since you get a sneak preview of a book that will be published soon. But it’s important to remember that these are early versions of the book, and changes may be made before the final version is published.


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CJ McDaniel

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!

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