Since 1997, you’ve been coming to BarnesandNoble.com to discuss everything from Stephen King to writing to Harry Potter. You’ve made our site more than a place to discover your next book: you’ve made it a community. But like all things internet, BN.com is growing and changing. On May 1, we’re saying goodbye to our community message boards—but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be a place for adventurous readers to connect and discover.

Now, you can explore the most exciting new titles (and remember the classics) at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. Check out conversations with authors like Jeff VanderMeer and Gary Shteyngart at the B&N Review, and browse write-ups of the best in literary fiction. Come to our Facebook page to weigh in on what it means to be a book nerd. Browse digital deals on the NOOK blog, tweet about books with us,or self-publish your latest novella with NOOK Press. And for those of you looking for support for your NOOK, the NOOK Support Forums will still be here.

We will continue to provide you with books that make you turn pages well past midnight, discover new worlds, and reunite with old friends. And we hope that you’ll continue to tell us how you’re doing, what you’re reading, and what books mean to you.

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Paul_Hochman
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About the First Look Book Club

Do you have questions about the First Look program? Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions.

What is the First Look Book Club?
This is a unique opportunity to enroll in a private discussion with an author, and to talk to other readers about a book that won't be released for a few months. We'll send you an Advance Reading Copy -- for free! -- in time for the book club. In other words, you can be the first to get the scoop on the next great book, long before it ever hits the shelves!

How do I sign up?
Once we have a First Look selection, we'll make an announcement in the B&N Book Clubs, and open the enrollment period. If you are enrolled in one month's First Look Book Club, you're not automatically enrolled in the next one. Because quantities of ARCs are limited, each First Look Book Club will have it's own enrollment. That's the only way to ensure that everyone will have a chance to participate. Instructions on how to enroll for each club are posted with each announcement.

What exactly is an Advance Reading Copy?
An Advance Reading Copy, or ARC, is an uncorrected paperback edition created by publishers for distribution to booksellers and the media a few months before the actual publication of a new book. The ARC you'll receive will look very much like the final version of the book. It'll have all the text, and usually all the photos, illustrations, and front matter included in the finished book.

Do I have to pay for shipping?
No. The ARC -- and the shipping -- is free to you. The book will be delivered from one of our warehouses, but will not go through our normal order path and therefore will not be listed as an "order" on your Barnes & Noble.com shopping account.

When will I get my free Advance Reading Copy?
Once enrollment starts, we will alert you to when the ARCs will ship. It can take up to two weeks to get your free book.

What happens if you run out of books?
We will be monitoring demand closely, and hope to have enough books for everyone. But quantities are limited, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one book per account, per person, please. If we run out of books, we'll post a message to the board, and close the enrollment period.

How do I find out about future First Look selections? Can I enroll right now?
Sorry, there's no pre-enrollment. Stay tuned to our Announcements board for news about our next First Look book club. Along with the announcement, we'll also post instructions on how to enroll.

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Re: About the First Look Book Club

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Paul, I have a question to ask you about the First Look Club

and It is not  a Personal, personal   question or anything silly --I am not going to ask you about yourself

but I want to ask you about my own situation  and want to include my address and do not want to post on the main message board   Is  there a way I can contact you to ask this question?

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Re: About the First Look Book Club

 


deannafrances wrote:

Paul, I have a question to ask you about the First Look Club

and It is not  a Personal, personal   question or anything silly --I am not going to ask you about yourself

but I want to ask you about my own situation  and want to include my address and do not want to post on the main message board   Is  there a way I can contact you to ask this question?


 

Send me a PM -- the envelope under your name on the right.

 

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Re: About the First Look Book Club

How often do you select books for first looks, monthly or every few months?

How long do you have to read the books before the discussion? 

Where do I have to go to sign up?

How do I find out when there will be a new selection?

 

Thanks in advance.

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Paul_Hochman
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Re: About the First Look Book Club

 


momofprecious1 wrote:

How often do you select books for first looks, monthly or every few months?

How long do you have to read the books before the discussion? 

Where do I have to go to sign up?

How do I find out when there will be a new selection?

 

Thanks in advance.


 

 

We run a discussion usually every other month. The Announcement Board is your best source for upcoming clubs (see link):

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Announcements/bd-p/announcements

 

 

 

 

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Re: About the First Look Book Club

Thanks for your quick response.