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I. HOW TO ENTER
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Select the author of your choice and enter your email address for the chance to win. The sweepstakes begins November 1, 2011, and final submissions are due by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on November 30, 2011. For purposes of these rules, “receipt” of an electronic entry occurs when Sponsor’s servers record the entry information. Entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of the entry. Automated entries are prohibited, and any use of automated devices will result in disqualification. Entries are limited to individuals only; commercial enterprises and business entities are not eligible. Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information by entrants; lost entries or transmissions; interrupted or unavailable network, server, or other connections; scrambled transmissions or other errors or problems of any kind whether mechanical, human, or electronic, technical malfunctions of the computer hardware, software, or any combinations thereof; or problems associated with any virus or any other damage caused to entrants’ systems.
Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age on November 1, 2011, and all Random House and employees and affiliates. Entries received from persons residing in geographic areas in which entry is not permitted will be disqualified. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law.
Sixteen (16) Winners will be selected: Two (2) winners will be selected per author: one (1) grand prize–winning group per author will win a video chat, a webcam, a themed gift box full of goodies for their reading group evening with the author, and up to fifteen (15) copies of the author’s most recent paperback release; one (1) runner-up group per author will win a video chat with the author and up to fifteen (15) copies of the author’s most recent paperback release. (Total ARV of all prizes: $4,500). Sixteen (16) WINNERS will be chosen in a random drawing from all qualifying entrants received between 12:01 a.m. EDT on November 1, 2011 and 11:59 p.m. EST on November 30, 2011 conducted by Sponsor, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects. Odds of winning the Sweepstakes depend upon the total number of eligible entries received, and all video chats will be scheduled at the convenience of the author.
All winners will be notified on or around December 1, 2011. The winners will be notified by email and may be required to sign and return affidavit(s) of eligibility and release of liability within 10 days of notification. A noncompliance within that time period or the return of any notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner. One prize per household. In the event of any other noncompliance with rules and conditions, prizes may be awarded to an alternate winner. Taxes, if any, are the winner’s sole responsibility. RANDOM HOUSE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SUBSTITUTE PRIZES OF EQUAL OR GREATER VALUE IF PRIZES, AS STATED ABOVE, BECOME UNAVAILABLE.
V. ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS
In the event of a dispute, entries made by Internet will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. The “authorized account holder” is deemed the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, service provider or other online organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. A potential winner may be requested to provide Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. If for any reason the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, human error or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries. The Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, any combination thereof, or otherwise, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Sweepstakes. Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, illegible, incomplete, stolen, or misdirected entries or entries that are garbled or unintelligible for any reason, including but not limited to computer or network malfunction or congestion (including at Sponsor offices), and any such entries shall be deemed ineligible. By entering the sweepstakes, participants are consenting to be added to Random House’s mailing lists for future promotions and for the use of their name for publicity and promotional purposes on behalf of Random House with no additional compensation or further permission (except where prohibited by law).
VI: GOVERNING LAW
All disputes and questions regarding the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any participant or the Sponsor, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than New York. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these Official Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.
Sponsor: The Sponsor of this sweepstakes is: Vintage Books and Anchor Books, a division of Random House, Inc., whose address is 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.