Sunday Confessionals || I don't like ARCs12:00 AM
Hello hello! Today I'm addressing- ARCs. An ARC is an Advanced Reader's Copy that publishers have a limited amount of and hand o...
Hello hello! Today I'm addressing- ARCs. An ARC is an Advanced Reader's Copy that publishers have a limited amount of and hand out to bloggers. The point of an ARC is to simply drum up hype for a book. Or gain feedback on an unpublished story. It's a free marketing tool. Additionally, bloggers get free books.
My confession today is- I don't like ARCs.
Now when I say I "don't like" them, I don't mean that I find them fuel for bloggers to get their panties in a twist of jealousy and angst. I don't loathe them for making people feel bad if they aren't one of the chosen few to receive a "golden egg".
When I say I don't "like" them, I mean I don't like them in the same way that I don't necessarily like paper back books. In the hierarchy of books on my shelves it goes- Hardbacks, Paperbacks, Audio book, and then ARC's.
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I think ARCs are cool if you're trying to put together a collection of works by your favorite author. For example, I wouldn't mind getting Leigh Bardugo ARCs. They make a collection complete. But other than for that reason, I don't WANT an ARC.
Why: I'm greedy, and I can't stand wasted space. Also they are riddled with mistakes.
Greedy in the sense that if I hate the book, I can't sell it. It says in big words on the cover of most ARCs that they aren't to be sold. So I can't get money for my disappointing ARC. Alternatively, I could trade ARCs and receive books I do want in return. But that's only if somebody out there has something I actually WANT, and I have an ARC that they want. If I'm stuck with undesirable ARCs, they'll just hang out on my shelf taking up space and collecting dust.
I can't stand wasted space either. I have limited room on my shelves, and it drives me nuts knowing that I have books on there that I don't want, but can't seem to get rid of. They just kind of pile up and go nowhere.
As for the mistakes, ARCs are unfinished copies of books. The author is still editing them. So there are all kinds of mistakes in them, and it's really distracting when trying to take in plot and characters. When I have a book on my shelf I prefer it to have a hard cover. I want it to also be complete- rid of mistakes and completely fleshed out. So even if I do like the story of an ARC, I would much rather have the hardback version. I know I can donate ARCs to schools or libraries, and I probably will, but it makes me cringe to know that children will be reading books with so many mistakes- typos, awkward phrasing.