So this discussion was inspired by Jess @ Princessica of Books. Her own discussion of the same topic was really interesting for me to read, I felt that though I saw her own views on the subject, I also had my own ideas regarding it. You can read her discussion on the same topic here.
I’m pretty sure a good chunk of 95% of bloggers enjoy receiving, reading, and reviewing ARCs. I mean they are advanced copies of books BEFORE the book actually comes out. But then again ARCs have almost become a symbol in the book community. In fact, it is a symbol. If you receive ARCs from a publisher, you’re practically famous. And even worse, ARCs are sometimes seen as currency in a way, on #booksfortrade on Twitter, there are people asking for some crazy books for the ARCs they have.
Personally, I like ARCs. I like to get a book early, I like to review them. I mean it is a book and I love books. But at the same time, if I don’t like an ARC, I will get rid of it. I’m actually planning on requesting my first ARC really soon.
I also feel like for some people, ARCs have been forgotten for their purpose. They aren’t just to keep and have, they aren’t to SELL, don’t you dare even think about it, and the one thing they should be for is to review. Then there is the problem of people beginning to blog ONLY because of ARCs.
LOOK AT WHAT ARCs HAVE DONE TO US.
They have manipulated us! They have made us greedy little bastards. Seriously, I mean it. If you are reading this post right now and you are a blogger and you are only blogging because of ARCs…SNAP OUT OF IT. I’m gonna tell you right now, you shouldn’t be blogging if the only reason you are doing it is for ARCs.
Jess mentioned this on her own post. She found that ARCs should never be sold. Ever. Regardless of the circumstances. But me, personally, I have to disagree. Let me make up this situation – it’s completely made up. But let’s say a book blogger is low on money, jobless, has a family to support and is about to be homeless. Oh yeah, and they have 3 shelves worth of ARCs on her bookshelf.
If a situation is dire like that, when you have a whole family to support, I think that selling ARCs is a necessary. It’s not okay, but it is just necessary. I mean yeah cannibalism isn’t okay but take a look at the Donner party. What do you guys think about selling ARCs? Have you guys requested an ARC before? If so, what are some tips because I need them for when I request which will be soon! Did you enjoy this post? And what’d your general opinion on ARCs? Phew! That was a lot of questions! Hope you enjoyed guys!