Quick confession: part of the reason I started this blog was because I read that book bloggers receive ARCs, and I thought that was so cool. Now I quickly grew out of this, because I love blogging, and I realized I couldn’t care less about ARCs, but still hear a lot about ARCs, so I thought I’d address the subject.
Here’s why I don’t read ARCs:
1. I live in Germany, but I read books written in English. There are more than enough book bloggers in English-speaking countries, so it doesn’t make sense for publishers to send me ARCs.
2. This could easily be remedied by requesting ebooks, but I prefer print books, so that’s not an option for me.
3. I’m the moodiest mood reader in the history of moods. If I had a list of ARCs to read, it would just feel like work instead of fun.
4. I, um, kind of like book shopping. Would I like for books I’m genuinely interested in to randomly appear at my doorstep? Certainly, but I really don’t mind ordering them myself either. It can be costly, but money spent on books is never a waste of money in my head so that’s fine.
And here’s why I still think ARCs are cool:
1. You get to read the book before (almost) everyone else. It’s like you’re one of the premium members airlines always specifically welcome at the beginning of a flight – you have privileges it’s easy to live without, but it’s still nice to HAVE them.
2. They’re free. And I hear sometimes publishers send along extra stuff with them. Like chocolate. There’s really nothing bad to be said about chocolate, especially when it comes with books.
3. If the prequel ended with a terrible cliff hanger, an ARC can save you from premature death by suspense. Who doesn’t want a book that can save lives?
4. You get to confuse us
peasants common people non-ARC readers by posting reviews of books that haven’t been released yet. I cannot tell you how often I went to order a book only to find out it won’t be out for another four months.
Weirdest ARC offer I’ve gotten:
It was definitely a book on gardening. I don’t even have a garden. One time, at work, I had lunch with my colleagues and they talked about lawn maintenance for fifteen minutes. I’ve been working through lunch ever since.
What do when you get ARC envy:
I personally don’t get ARC envy much, so clearly I’m qualified to tell you what to do.
1. Chill the eff out, you can still read the book when it comes out and until then there’s the thrill of anticipation
2. Remind yourself that the bloggers who get tons of ARCs usually work really hard on their blogs (and I mean REALLY hard) and take it as inspiration if you have similar goals
3. Send a howler
I don’t read ARCs because a. it’s too expensive for publishers to send me the few ARCs I’d actually be interested in and b. like most things in life, I’m just too lazy to enjoy them, but I still think they’re great, and I will cheer you on in your ARC endeavors.
Do you read ARCs? Do you get ARC envy? Did I offend you personally with this post? Don’t answer that last one, it’s par for the course here.