I think everyone in the book social media world, whether that be blogging, twitter, Instagram or goodreads can agree the ARCs are a hot commodity. To be one of the select few who receive one feels like you’ve been dubbed an elite in our little internet community. And on the flip side to be one of the many who are denied one can feel a bit disheartening. I am here today to talk about why I’ve stopped caring about ARCs all together.
For those of you who are a tad confused an ARC refers to an Advanced Readers Copy of a book; meaning the early copies of unreleased books handed out to reviewers and public figures for review – usually to generate discussion and hype around a book. They can be very hard to get, but there are like 10,000 posts available all of the internet with valid and reliable tips if you were interested in googling.
Me, like almost every other book blogger has tried in the past to get our greedy book loving hands on an ARC before, when you first join the book online community the idea that ARCs are the BEST THING EVER is kind of forced on you! But after blogging for just over a year and a half I’ve decided that ARCs really are not for me.
Here are 5 reasons why I don’t bother with ARC:
What pressure? You ask. Well, 1) the pressure to like the book, 2) the pressure to read it and review it before a certain date and 3) not getting the choice as to what to read.
1) I feel so, so, so damn guilty if I’ve been given an ARC and once I read it I’m over here like, ‘ahh… well, I know I’m meant to be helping boost sales of this book but… it kind of sucks, don’t waste your money.’ Like, NO! Don’t put that pressure on me! Then on the flip side, I always feel this weird pressure to bump my star rating up on an ARC, like if I wanna give it 3 stars change it to 3.5 instead. Which is obviously breaks my personal ethics and I blame the whole moral dilemma on ARCs!
2) My reading and reviewing speed is a fickle fickle monster, let’s call him Jameison, who needs to be nurtured and feed so that when he feels like leaving his beautiful lazy slumber he is at peace enough to read and review to his hearts content. Now if you suddenly put a deadline on Jameison, he will rebel against it by lighting fire to your deadline and aggressively snarling at it till it passes and he is secure in his knowledge that Jameison can fail every deadline ever!
3) Another thing Jameison hate’s is his choice being taken away, and he is a very big believer that ARCs take away his choice of what book to devour next because of that dreaded deadline mentioned above!
Just a quick snap of Jameison being Jameison – giving me the side eye while devouring a book. Ah classic Jameison.
Dude, I love a hardback. My wallet may not, but my soul certainly does and like 99.99% of ARCs are either ebooks or paperbacks and my soul (and Jameison’s) will wither up and die if forced to not own beautiful, beautiful hardbacks.
As you may know, getting your hands on an ARC when you aren’t on a publishers auto-send list requires you to send well-constructed emails pretty much selling all your blogs awesome traits. This is the most tedious experience ever. Cross my heart and hope to never have to do it again. Also, with ARCs you have to like have special ARC Reviews, or have to be part of a book tour. It’s just a lot and I’m like 10,000% too lazy for that life.
Is it just me but do ARCs always have this feeling of competiveness and lowkey jealousy. When I first started blogging I wanted those ARCs so badly! Now I’ve been doing this for a decent whiles, I’ve kind of dissociated from that wanting to be followed, from running my blog for other people and more completely for myself. ARCs always used to feel to me that it was the person with the most ARCs was the most loved and I’d get a tad jealous but since letting all that go I no longer see ARCs as like some kind of symbol of blog success and therefore no longer want them.
Seriously, a quarter of a trillion (accurate number). I don’t need unpublished ones, I have too many glaring at me accusingly as it is!