For some people—people who work for culture blogs, just to take an example—getting advance copies of books is nothing new. (That’s how reviews are published right when books go on sale.) But for book lovers who usually have to wait for a title to show up in stores, the chance to take an early look at the work of a favorite author is something to salivate over and to talk about.
At least, that’s what the publishing company Penguin Group hopes.
As part of their new (and free) program called First to Read, members will have a chance to download so-called “advance reading copies” of upcoming titles from writers like Elizabeth Gilbert and Richelle Mead, up to three months before they’re available to the public. Any member can enter the pool to win a limited number of digital copies—the first group of titles will be given out June 25—but…
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