Saturday means Discussion time here at the Bookworms. And since we are right now running our PubLove Feature I thought it would be great to talk about why we want to seek ARC’s in the first place!
I don’t want to discuss this topics only with Book Bloggers, but also with readers, so awesome readers who are not Book Bloggers, please stay and add your thoughts at the end in the comments!
ARC’s are free!
I guess the most commonly used phrase is that Book Blogger seek ARC’s because the are free!
Agreed! And … Disagreed! I agree, because yes in the first place we do not pay money for the ARC we get we do not need to buy this book. But on the other side, it is definitely not free. By getting or requesting an ARC we somehow agree to read and review this book. I cannot just read this ARC, enjoy it and put it aside. No. I have to sit down and put together a review about this book. This does not just means I have to write the review but also gathering links, formatting the post etectc. This takes time! And when you then go and put your review also on other outlets like amazon, goodreads and wherever else it takes even more time. Of course you also send an email to the publisher telling them your review is up. Reading an ARC is not simply reading. It entails a lot more coming after we’ve read the book!
So no! I do not seek ARC’s just because they are free!
…Because we get them early!
Actually, yes! This is one of the main reasons why I personally love getting an ARC. It means that I get the privilege to read an anxiously awaited book before it is officially released. This most definitely holds a certain allure I wouldn’t dismiss! but, I also get why ARC’s are sent out early because like this the publishers can ensure that promotion about this book starts early and every publisher LOVED their pre-release sales! So they want to start the buzz about a book early which is why they send us ARCS in the first place ! Also, I wouldn’t be able to post my review around the release date if I would just read them after they came out. By sending us ARC’s early publishers ensure a certain time frame when the buzz starts!
So YES! I do seek ARCs because I can get them early.
Because this other bloggers has it…
Well, … and then there is this bog point of cross blogger jealousy. And I do not want to make a big buzz around this topic, but sometimes we see that another blogger got an ARC we desperately wanted to get, but just didn’t get it. Why this blog and not me? I’m being honest here. As mature as I mostly am about this whole subject sometimes I cannot hide my disappointment when I see how many blogs got this book while I’m sitting here making big pubby eyes. I mean, I’ve been blogging for 3 and a half years by now but still there are some books I would desperately love to read early but do not get them. At the same time, there are also some publishers that keep ignoring me and it hurts. Well, sometimes 🙂 (Like Penguin *sniffles*)
Most of the times I am a big girl about this and I do understand that not everyone can get the same books. Still, I wouldn’t be completely honest with you if I wouldn’t admit feeling a little jealous every once in a while!
To sum this all up, I fell incredible lucky and honored to get all the ARC’s I get and it’s simply amazing how many wonderful publishers are sending me books to review them. When I started the blog I had no freaking clue how big this all is and that publishers even want to work with us and help us promote their books. I am honored, lucky and so so grateful!
So, now I want to hear it from you guys! Why do you seek ARC’s?!!? Is it because they are free, is it because they come in early? And… do you also feel the ARC Jealousy sometimes?
Readers, how do you feel about this whole ARC thingy. I mean you guys read all our posts (and thank goodness for you people, I <3 you so freaking much) but, do you even care about this?
Much Love and … let’s discuss!!
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