Earlier this week I reported on a social media frenzy against Crossroad Reviews for the way they supposedly were selling multiple copies of ARCs they had picked up at conventions and received from publishers and authors.
Today I am retracting that story.
It has been brought to my attention that the image I used to back up the story was not an original screenshot of a Facebook update. Instead, it was a composite image of a FB update and an unrelated image from the same FB account's gallery.
Here's a screensnap of the original update side by side with the composite image. As you can see, it tells a very different story when considered in its original context.
Before I published that post I took care to make sure that the image at right was legit, but in spite of my best efforts I still missed the fact that it was a composite.
The original image, as posted, does not meet my standards for proof of illicit activity.
I still don't like this book blogger; their "reviews" are all 50 to 200 word summaries of books rather than actual reviews. And that update about grab bag sale still stinks.
But it also doesn't prove anything, by my book, and so I have to retract the story and express my apologies for the mistake.
image by Sh4rp_i