ARCs – What’s acceptable to do with them? – The feedback from Publicists

July 21, 2014 Discussion 54

We all know that ARCs are not for the general populace. They are early review copies provided so that reviewers, critics, other authors and publications such as Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Locus can provide blurbs and reviews. I know myself and many of my fellow bloggers replace ARCs with finished copies once our reviews are complete if we enjoyed the book.

Recently I saw drama floating around regarding some higly sought after ARCs from BEA and then also questions were raised about the different expectations that various publishers have. So I asked several publicists for feedback on ARC usage and this is what I got back.

My questions: What would the publicity department prefer we do with these ARCS once we are finished with them? Below are common things I’ve seen bloggers do once they are finished with an ARC – are these sorts of things acceptable? If not what are some etiquette rules bloggers should go by?

1) passing the ARC along to another blogger / reviewer for them to review?
2) Hosting a giveaway for the ARC copy on their blog?
3) Donating the ARC to Toys for Tots, the library or another charitable organization?

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From Senior Publicist, Lisa @ Pyr Books

I guess the number one thing we’d like to see happen to ARCS is for them to be passed on to other bloggers for possible review.  We try to generate a buzz with reviews from these copies so the more reviewers they’re able to reach the better! The blogger community is such an awesome place that you guys can easily think of a friend who is the perfect fit for a certain book.  And since there are so many reviewers and bloggers chance are pretty decent that we might not even know about this person, so when the review pops we can in turn reach out and voila! A new connection is formed!

Giveaways are possibly as important to us as passing ARCs on to fellow bloggers. After all, the ultimate goal is to reach readers, and readers are the ones entering these contests so the book is automatically (even if only momentarily) on their radar. You see the book a couple of times and maybe you add it on Goodreads. We know adding a book to your shelf on Goodreads in no way guarantees you’ll actually get around to reading the book, but if you take the time to make a couple extra clicks it means we did something right.

As for donating…we definitely won’t say no, but honestly our ARCs might not hold up that long on a library shelf! Actually I believe libraries can’t shelve ARCs but don’t quote me on that.  One author once took a picture of his ARC on the shelf at Amvets.  Yes, the cover clearly said “Not For Sale.”

I guess as long as you’re not selling them or using them to start forest fires, we’d be happy with any sort of positive use!  A friend of mine does these “wild releases” (check out http://www.bookcrossing.com/) in which she literally sets a book free in a public place with a little note on the inside.  I’ve left a couple ARCs in an airport before hoping to brighten someone’s day (and my lighten my carry-on) and a coffee shop table just can’t be beat.

But we’re always here in case you have a question about a specific ARC or plans for it, so don’t be shy about reaching out.  Publicists don’t bite 🙂

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From Publicity @ an adult Sci-Fi & Fantasy publisher

Some of my thoughts on ARCs:

At its very simplest, ARCs are not freebies given out to readers from publishers. They cost far more than the actual published book (economies of scale) and it’s a quid pro quo: we give out ARCs to reviewers in exchange for their time and opinion, with the aim being to – ideally – sell copies of said book to readers. I am always aware that for every ARC I send out it’s that particular reviewer’s valuable time I am asking for, but I sometimes (read: often) wonder if the reviewer realizes that they’re receiving something that has cost the publisher money and time to produce.

One of the biggest issues I’ve met with ARCs is this sense of ‘entitlement’ we tend to see from reviewers. This can range from angry emails when people are denied ARCs (whether they’re ebooks on NetGalley or physical) to a ‘give me all the ARCs’ attitude – often comes with noise on Twitter/Goodreads that “I was denied x by y but received a by c from the same publisher”. Perhaps publishers need to convey to reviewers more that each book has individual plans, requirements, and not every reviewer can receive every book.

Regarding physical ARCs, once reviewers are finished with them, I am more than happy with that reviewer running a giveaway; if our ARC can also help them with content for their site/blog/magazine/podcast that’s great, and if it also gives something on to the reader/listener, brilliant. The same with passing the ARC along to another reviewers; as long as that reviewer genuinely wants to review the book and we’re not potentially losing a sale. That can be a key issue for publishers; there’s always the worry that with eARCs or physicals being passed around, we’re potentially losing sales. If the passing on of an ARC is done with good intentions like a charitable organization or library, I don’t have a problem. Getting a book into libraries is huge and if an ARC were to get traction in a library, hey – I’m not going to complain!

I had a conversation with another publicist recently about whether ARCs being numbered or stamped in some way would apply accountability to each recipient. If ARCs are being sold on, for example, if the original recipient of that ARC was to be blacklisted by that publisher, it might be harsh but it would go a long way to showing that we value each and every one of our books. Whether that book is an early or final copy, they all represent – potentially years of – hard work and money, from the author to the publisher, and perhaps reviewers need to remember this. I would be keen to hear what reviewers think of this; would they take it as an insult or would they see that the actions of a few can be damning on many?

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Tabitha here again

I totally understand why the second publicist wanted to remain anonymous because they had some very strong and forthcoming opinions on the matter. I appreciated the honesty and I hope all of you do as well. I completely agree that I have witnessed the attitude of entitlement from some review bloggers that was referred to. Has anyone else noticed this? Frankly it’s that kind of behavior, along with the selling of ARCs and pirating of eARCs that that has the potential to make the entire community look bad.

Book blogging is not all about ARCs, who gets them and who doesn’t. To me it’s about sharing my enthusiasm about books (good and bad haha) and interacting with the wonderful people I’ve met. I would love to hear from all of you about your thought on ARCs and would you still blog without them? Have you ever been told by a publicist / publisher what was expected you’d do with an ARC when finished with it? What are some of the ways you handle them when you are done with them? Do you replace with finished copies?

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54 Responses to “ARCs – What’s acceptable to do with them? – The feedback from Publicists”

  1. blodeuedd

    I came to realise I have so many books! I have to keep them at my parents. So I have tried now for the past 2 years to give some away. A lot, ARCS and normal books I have given to friends. Some I have left that this table the library has. Take one book, give one book. And then I have found groups on FB, give away groups, sell groups, and I have just given away books there. I do hope my ARCS have found nice homes. I would love to keep them all, but I had to cut back a bit.

    And yes sadly I do not know if those I have given them to will do as I have. Maybe they will sell them, but I can’t stop them then
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  2. Melliane

    Ah yes difficult topic… I confess that I dont really have a lot of ARCs in a physical way, mainly ebooks but I have some. When I love them I keep them when I have too many I give them to other bloggers so they can try and share their reviews as well. But I confess I didn’t know hat ARCs were more expensive. thanks for the interesting post!
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  3. Joy @The Bookshelf Intruder

    This is just a great post! 🙂

    I kinda feel for the 2nd publicist. I think, as bloggers, we should always be mindful of our intentions. Getting ARCs is a wonderful perk but it shouldn’t be the primary reason for blogging. So when you’re denied of that ARC that you want, move on. I don’t think anyone can run out of books to read so there’s no need to be uptight about it.

    When I finish reading an ARC, I usually just keep it to myself (especially if it’s a really good book that’s worth buying) because I’m thinking of how my giving it away will affect the sales. But if the publisher/author tells me that I can host a giveaway, then I gladly do it.

    I think it’s great that you’re able to ask publicists to share their views. This is a really helpful post. 🙂
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  4. Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)

    I like this post, seeing the opinions from two different publicists. I like to give away my ARCs via giveaway on the blog, but I also give them away to blogger friends. I can’t ask this of a giveaway winner, but I ask my blogger friends to review the book at some point, if they can.

    Personally, assuming I liked the book, I’ll replace the ARC with a finished copy. There’s nothing like a shiny new hardcover (or paperback) 😀

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
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  5. Anne @ Lovely Literature

    I haven’t requested any physical ARCs yet because I’ve been resting on my blog being pretty new. However, I’d like to start, but only for a few books because I really don’t like the idea of having a printed title laying around and not having time for it. The eARCs at least are inexpensive so getting to them all doesn’t make me feel as bad! And I totally get the anonymous publicist’s perspective!
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  6. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    This is awesome to actually read…just to get it in black and white. I definitely don’t think bloggers are “entitled” to ARCs. I’m freaking excited about each and everyone I get. I’d LOVE to pass them onto other bloggers, but I struggle with money for postage (it’s extremely expensive in my country). Hopefully one day I’ll be able to do more of a box like giveaway? Who knows! Thanks for asking the publicists about this!!
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  7. Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    I don’t remember the last time I had an ARC (physical or electronic), mostly because I decided I didn’t want to play that game. I get my books from the library, and I’m fine with that. Plus, people generally have more to say on reviews of books that have been out a while. That said, I loved this perspective from publicists, especially the idea of just leaving ARCs in public places for people to find.

    And the second publicist who said bloggers often say things like “I was denied x by y but received a by c from the same publisher” on social media? I find this annoying from a blogger’s perspective too. It’s whiny. And I often unfollow people whose majority of tweets read like this.

    I’ll also agree with the second publicist (from my experience as an author) that many don’t understand the cost associated with ARCs (or, frankly, any review copy). Like s/he said, it’s more than production cost — it’s the loss of a sale. Which, in theory, you recoup from the review and people who buy the book based on the review. Except for unknown or debut authors, you need a lot of buzz and reviews before people are willing to take a chance. Review copies are money sucks, and putting them in the right hands is super important.
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  8. Nathan (@reviewbarn)

    The entire publisher/blogger relationship is at times intimidating, and ARCs are just one piece of that. Because inevitably I wonder what is good for me, what is good for the pub, and how it all balances. I assume that I am sent ARC’s because more reviews= more exposure; but at what point does requesting them move one to the ‘entitlement’ line? Or does that only come from comments/interactions?

    At times arcs feel like dirty little secrets, best not to be talked about at all other than for FCC requirements. But then again I know ANY mention of a book is loved by pubs, even if it just showing off an arc on twitter.
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  9. Tammy @ Books, Bones and Buffy

    First of all, great discussion post! I’m surprised that publishers are actually still producing physical ARCs, what with digital ARCs being cheaper to do. I understand the benefit of having something physical to hand out at BEA and cons, but other than that, it seems just about every reader these days has some kind of e-reader. I love my ARCs and I will only give them away to people who I know will appreciate them. I feel it’s a priviledge to be given each one. And I loved what the anonymous publicist has to say about their expectations when giving bloggers ARCs. It mirrors my discussion post on that very topic.
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  10. Danya @ Fine Print

    I haven’t been doing this for very long at all, but even in the brief time that I have I’ve come to realize that – for me at least – ARCs are more of a curse than a blessing. There’s a very strange culture surrounding ARCs where some people really do act entitled or become jealous when another person gets an ARC that they were denied. It’s just not worth the drama for me. That said, if I desperately want to read a book I will request an ARC. I’ll also buy a finished copy when it comes out, because really what I want to do with my blog is spread the word about authors that I love. I don’t want to feel obligated to read a book that otherwise would’ve been a DNF. Life is just too short!
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  11. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    Wonderful post, Tabitha. I haven’t been doing this very long either, and the idea of sharing ARCs was a bit scary. Is it illegal? If I share one, and somehow get found out by the ARC police (who are crafty like spies), will I be blacklisted FOREVER? So I’m happy to know that sharing is encouraged. ALSO–I totally get where the second publicist is coming from. If I ever get famous and answer the Proust Questionnaire for Vanity Fair my answer for “What is it that you most dislike?” is a sense of entitlement.
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  12. Faye @ The Social Potato

    I’ve seen a lot of blogger entitlement around the blogosphere when it comes to ARCs. “Wah, why didn’t I get this? I deserve it!” “This publisher better gives me this ARC.” and it’s kinda sad to see because blogging should never be about ARCs anyway. It’s not the be all end all to blogging, right? I get rejected all the time for books that I really, really want but I never give a big deal about it (not for long anyway). Wish the would realize they are other stuff (and books!!) to blog about there aside from ARCs!

  13. Kirsty-Marie

    Brave post! Get why the second publicist wanted to remain anonymous but yeah, valid points. The whole numbering/stamping is a good idea. I pass along my review books (whether finished or ARC copies) to friends on a read-review basis) ones I love, I replace with finished copies. I started blogging because it’s fun, though it does have it’s ups and downs, right? I was watching an adaptation with friends last night and was flailing all the way through it and they just didn’t get it (sine they haven’t read the books) and it just reminded me why I love talking to people who have, because they’d flail right with me.
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  14. Kristopher

    Great post. I think too many book bloggers view it as a “The blogger with the most ARCs wins,” and that is simply not the case. If you are putting out quality reviews (regardless of whether they are positive or negative), you are going to get on the radar of the right folks. Be happy for the ARCs you do get and do your part to spread knowledge of them.

    I personally would have no problem with ARCs being numbered or stamped to track them. I know that too many folks are selling them. I prefer to get digital ARCs, since I do find it very hard to dispose of a print ARC. Since I don’t do giveaways on my blog, that is not an option. I typically try to pass them along to another blogger.

  15. Valerie

    Great post. I’m so irritated that some feel entitled to ALL ARCs. I’m always just so happy to get what they are willing to give me. If they don’t, I get it. I love giving the ARCs away and sharing the love. The point of all of this (blogging, ARCs and such) is the LOVE of books. Sharing that love on the blog and letting peeps know about awesome books – that’s the reason for this. Not the “I’m better than you” attitude because I got this ARC. I’m really glad you took this approach to the drama after BEA.
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  16. kimberlybuggie

    Thank you for doing this post. I’m glad the publicists are okay with giving away ARCs to other bloggers and their followers.
    I’m also really happy the second publicist said what they said. I totally agree. I think it’s really really sad there are some people out there that ruin it for the rest of us. I find that the entitlement thing really bothers me.
    I am a blogger and I do not own a bookstore. I do not work in a library. I am so totally grateful that any publisher would send me an ARC, digital or physical. I do not expect them. I do not think any of us should. It is an even exchange – for giving me this book I will offer you my opinion. You may like it or not but it is free and there you go. If you do not think I should have this ARC I have requested, that is fine. Who cares? You can’t get everything people!
    And if I really love the book, I go out and buy a physical finished copy of it anyway, so they don’t lose my sale.
    I think we should all remember that we love books. That we want to share and talk about books. And that we’re all on the same side.
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  17. Mogsy

    When my request is accepted for any ARC, I always feel so grateful and appreciative because I know the publisher didn’t have to grant that privilege to me – and I wouldn’t want to abuse that relationship for anything. A lot of the entitlement comes from people who don’t realize the blogger/publicist dynamic is a partnership. Publishers aren’t REQUIRED to send just any ARC you ask for, and it makes me mad just knowing some people think that. They have their own goals for the title, and bloggers have responsibilities as well. I think selling ARCs is reprehensible, actually. I sometimes see these high profile bookstores selling them as “approved collectibles” and I can’t help but wonder if that’s even legal. I’m glad knowing that passing on ARCs to readers and other reviewers is seen as largely positive though, because I have done that. On the whole, I treasure my ARCs greatly and have become attached to a lot of them, but if one day I do decide to set them all free, I love Lisa’s “wild releases” idea!
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  18. Kristen

    I love this discussion. I usually pass my younger level ARCs onto my students through our reading reward store at the end of the year. I pile them up for our big event in May. My other ARCs I usually will put into a box and do a giveaway. I don’t often keep ARCs on my own shelves unless they are signed. I’ve also given my YA ones to a teen librarian before to give to her teen readers.

    As for buying books, I’ve been scaling back on buying for my own collection, but I’ve been doing a lot of swaps and I have two sisters-in-law that love reading YA, so I usually buy them my favorites of the past year of reading.

    I don’t feel like I’ve ever felt entitled to ARCs, I feel like I get more than my share especially when I attended TWO book conferences last year and got an overwhelming amount. I try to weed through them and pass them on if I don’t have time to read them before publication date. I’m trying to request more eARCs instead of physical, but I’m still not the best at ereading (working on it).
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  19. Daphne Trumps

    Fantastic post! I often worry about what to do with ARCs. Do I pass them on to my blogger friends who may not have it because there is a chance that they will review them? Or do I do a giveaway to my readers? Right now, they’re sitting on my bookshelf, collecting dust. I love the idea of leaving them laying around for someone to find. I kind of worry, though, that someone will pick it up who won’t appreciate it in the way that it should be. 🙂
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  20. DannyBookworm

    What a great post. But you know what I found most interesting in this whole discussion? What the Adult Publisher said about the attitude of some bloggers.
    Hearing this makes me so mad, and even ashamed!! I do not want to be thrown into the same bag (popular german saying lol) like these people! I am always excited when I get an ARC. And of courseI am sad when I do not get a particular ARC I am super excited to read, and that even after 4.5 years of blogging But does that means I have to go and harass the publisher?
    NO.No. and NO!

    I usually give my ARCS to my friends and students at work. They are always excited when I bring a big bag of books and then we talk about them, I can recommend them books that they might love etc etc. These days always make my day!
    And yes, I always press that they can give them to someone else or throw them away, but for freaking sake not sell them!
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  21. Mary @ BookSwarm

    I get nervous when requesting a book for early review, just because I don’t want to be seen as greedy. Anything I get, I’m grateful for. Sure, I may get a twinge of envy when I see that hot-hot-hot ARC in (seemingly) everyone’s mailbox but mine but, you know what, that’s what stores are for. It’ll be there soon. So, I definitely understand the second pub’s frustration with “ARC entitlement” some bloggers have.

    As for what to do with ARCs, I do some giveaways, donate any YA/MG to teacher classrooms or give to students, and give adult books away to my fellow teachers (end of the school year, when I have a big collection and have to clear off my home bookshelves because they’re so overstuffed!). It’s part of my review policy, too, so people know that, if it’s a physical book, it might end up in someone else’s hand. I made sure to ask the pubs I work with on a consistent basis, too.
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  22. BookaholicCat

    99% of the ARCs I get are digital, so I can’t share them, but it’s good to know that if someday I get a physical ARC I have the option of sharing it with another blogger and it will not be frowned upon.
    I always wondered what was the publicists position about ARCs. Thank you for this post, it answers my questions.
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  23. Amir

    This is wonderful and really informative Tabitha! Thank you for taking the time to reach out and ask these floating questions. I can definitely understand why the 2nd publicist chose to remain anonymous. I don’t really understand when bloggers think they are entitled to ARCs. I get declined as much as I get approved and although I do get heartbroken for awhile, I quickly get over it and just BUY THE BOOK when it comes out. I know waiting’s a bitch but we all have to go through it once in awhile. And anyway, I’m like you, when I ended up loving the book, I purchase the published copy to show my support. Blogging really isn’t about ARCs, it’s about sharing our love for reading and for also sharing our honest thoughts on books that we read….no matter what their publication date is. Awesome, awesome post!
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  24. La La in the Library

    I think anonymous publicist didn’t quite understand the library example. Public lbraries in the US can not shelve donated books because they need to be purchased from a certain sorce with more durable library bindings, and at a little extra cost to make up for sales lost from borrowing. That is why if you lose a library book you cannot run to B&N and buy a replacement for $19.99 and you must pay the library the $49.99 they are asking. Books donated to the library are for their used books sales and sometimes summer program giveaways. I don’t think they loose too many sales among book bloggers with the passing around of ARCs because when we really adore a book we usually get the ebook and a hardbound for our shelves, and sometimes buy editions with new covers, when they come out. I am a retired music reviewer, and let me tell you, that ARC that we may get comes no where near paying for the type and scope of exposure most book bloggers provide. I agree with publicist number one; they are lucky if we share our ARCs with other bloggers and in giveaways.
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  25. Celine

    Great post Tabitha. I think it’s important for bloggers to remember that ARCs aren’t made for our pleasure. They’re costing the publishers a lot of time and money, so yes, they are expecting something back if they send them to you.

    I personally really like the idea of passing ARCs on to other bloggers. Sure, it might lose one sale, but I think the gains outweigh the losses on that one.

    I’m not sure if I like numbering ARCs. What if you pass it on to a friend, and that friend sells it? You as a blogger would be blacklisted for something out of your control.
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  26. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Oh! This is a great post as it is something I have been curious about. Glad to hear word from publishers on exactly what they would prefer see happen with them (and that giveaways of ARCs are not frowned upon). And I completely understand the second publicists comments on some reviewers attitudes after being denied ARCs. I understand the disappointment, but not the sense of entitlement. I think every reviewer should feel grateful for the ARCs they do receive, because it is all more than the publisher has to give.
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  27. Bec @ Readers in Wonderland

    The “rules” of what can/can’t be done with ARCs have never been completely explained to me so this is very interesting to read. I know the general guidelines and what bloggers think about it, but have never really seen a publicists thoughts on it.

    Either way at this stage, ARCs aren’t a big part of my blogging experience. I’ve only ever really used Netgalley, recently got on Edelweiss, and have received one physical review copy of a novel (which I kept because it was brilliant and a finished copy) in the entire 3 (or 4?) years I’ve been blogging. The only true ARC I ever got my hands on was won, and when I finished I sent it all the way over to America to Alise because I knew she was desperate to read it and I was buying a finished copy anyway 😀

    To answer your discussion questions more directly: yes, I would still blog without ARCs. They were never the reason I started blogging and I don’t read that many anyway. If I ever did receive them I think I’d try to give them away to other bloggers who wanted them once I was finished, or if no one was interested donate them to a charity or something after the release date. And if I enjoyed it/it was part of one of my favourite series I would definitely replace it with a finished copy!

  28. fishgirl182 @ nite lite

    Really interesting, Tabitha. ARCs are definitely a perk of being a blogger but I admit that I don’t like to get too caught up in it. Almost all of my ARCs are electronic or are from events that I actually attend. I know a lot of bloggers as well and we tend to share them. I don’t think this necessarily means that a publisher will lose out on a sale. From my experience, most bloggers are really prolific book buyers and, if they like the book, will go out and buy a finished copy or a copy to give away.

    I use the library a lot as well, so I don’t feel a ton of pressure to get ARCs. I mean, do I get a little jealous when I see other bloggers getting tons of physical ARCs? Sure, but I am still pretty lucky with all of the books I have access to and I’d definitely still blog without ARCs.

    Also, even though libraries can’t put ARCs in circulation, I know a lot of librarians who run teen programs and other programs where those books come in really handy.
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  29. Nikki

    That’s the weird thing about ARCs. Some of them LOVE it when bloggers pass around ARCs to generate more buzz. Others hate it because a) it’s the UNCORRECTED proof and yeah, it loses sales. I never know what to do with my ARCs so I usually host a giveaway (since that way I introduce it to a lot of people, and someone who’ll appreciate it gets it.) or I’ll just keep it.
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  30. Angie @Angela's Anxious Life

    I have never received a physical ARC so I don’t even have the option of passing off one. But I did think publishers would want you to pass an ARC to another blogger to spread the word. I am actually about to read my first ARC book and am actually kind of excited about it. Horrorstor is what it is called and looked neat.
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  31. Emily @ Oh Magic Hour

    Such a great post. I am glad to know that they are ok with passing them on for others to review or giveaways. I don’t have a ton of ARCs in physical form, but this is what I have tended to do with them. I once bought one at a library sale without realizing it was an ARC, but since the money went to the library (and I reviewed the book) decided it was ok!

    Thanks for reaching out to the publicists on this! So interesting!
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  32. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    I usually just keep all of my ARCs because of this very dilemma. LOL I’m so worried about doing the wrong thing, so instead they just collect dust on my shelves. I do however sometimes give them to my mom and sis in law cuz they are poor & like to read. Thanks for asking the tough question, Tabitha!
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  33. Jen @Fefferbooks

    Love this post!

    I love the idea of numbering ARCs *except* for the fact that I have plans to do giveaways of them, on occasion. Once they’re out of my hands, I can’t guarantee what will happen, and if I were to be blacklisted because someone I trusted did something I would never do with an ARC, I’d be crushed, you know?

    That said, I’m so happy to pass along ARCs to other bloggers, and unless they’re signed or special to me somehow, that’s what I do! How fun is the idea of releasing them in the wild?
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  34. Michaela @Will Read for Coffee

    This is such an awesome post. I am still pretty new to the blogger world so most of my arc’s e-books but I think it is great the get the publishers opinions on giveaways and pasting ARCs along. I totally understand where the second publishing is coming from with their being no guarantee of sales or good reviews when they give out ARC’s which, of course is their main goal, but I feel like if they started putting such regulations on the book they give out then they are going to be less circulated. Especially when it comes to giveaways, as bloggers we are just sharing our love of books and most of us aren’t making big money from blogging so I bet that would cut down a lot on giveaways and passing books on if you could potentially get in trouble for what the next person chooses to do with the book once they are finished. Giving them to the library also seem like a great idea that I would have never even considered!!
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  35. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I actually think that what the second publisher said is pretty acceptable. I mean, I’ve gone to ebay and I see multiple ARCs for sale for DOUBLE the price of what the regular selling price is. It’s really shameful to know that a book blogger, someone who was trusted with being honest, just looks out to make profit.

    I once ordered a book from an online thrift shop, and when I got the book I realised it was an ARC. The cover clearly said “not for sale” and they were expecting that I would’ve just been so chill about this. When I asked them why they sold me a book that clearly said not for sale, they acted as if I must’ve been mistaken. UGH.

    Anyways, great post! It was interesting to see what publishers really think.
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  36. Bibliotropic

    I know that a lot of libraries actually don’t want ARCs, since there are sometimes differences between the ARC and the finished copy, and they want the finished copy on hand for their patrons. And that makes sense to me. I end up keeping a lot of ARCs that I received, since I’m big on rereading books I’ve enjoyed, though I will also pass them along to friends and other reviewers from time to time.

    The real dilemma comes for me when I end up being lucky enough to get an ARC and the finished copy. I don’t need 2 copies of the same book. But which do I donate? The library probably doesn’t want the ARC, so it’d make sense to give them the finished copy, but by the same logic, I’d also prefer the finished copy on my own bookshelves for any eventual rereading that I want to do. Times like that make me wish I had more spare money for shipping costs so that I could do an ARC destash and send some to reviewer friends to take a look at; that solves everybody’s problem!
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  37. Anya

    I am such a bookshelf snob that as soon as I read an ARC, I want to find a way to pass it on. I love sending them to newbie bloggers to help them get some early reviews and create those exact connections that Lisa mentioned .>). I’ve also received a lot of ARCs from friends clearing out of books that I’ve been meaning to read but am unsure of, and again once I read them, I plan to pass them on and buy the hardcovers 😉

  38. Trish @ Between My Lines

    Interesting post, I have often wondered what the ‘rules’ are re arcs. I have never passed one on as that seems like it would affect sales as publisher number 2 mentioned. Plus I like to keep my arcs as I’m a book hoarder. I do get far more e-arcs than digital ones though so it’s not something I need to overly worry about.
    And I don’t like the idea of giving away a used arc in a giveaway but maybe that’s just me being odd.
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  39. Rabindranauth

    Interesting. I’m actually in the process of generally getting rid of ARCs out of my reading. I like blogging and all, but I’m a reader first, and as of late nearly 90% of the bad books I’ve read have been ARCs. Unless it’s a release I’ve had my eye on, something by an author I’ve read previously, or from DarkFuse, I’ll be taking a pass on them, period. Too much other stuff I want to read. ARCs are nice perks of blogging but I’m too picky a reader to enjoy them as most folks do.
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  40. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    This is a really great post to remind everyone that ARCs are not a privilege and that publicists consider each blogger individually to receive their ARCs. Interesting point about sharing them with other bloggers etc. I’ve seen some people try and sell their ARCs on ebay which is terrible. I mostly keep them, give them away on the blog or donate them to charity. Great post Tabitha, I’ll be sharing this!
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  41. Lauren @ Lose Time Reading

    I would definitely still blog without ARCs (in fact, I’d probably get more of my own shelf read *hides*), for me, I’m just excited for whatever I get accepted/sent. I do see the sense of entitlement, especially when they get accepted for a prior title and then denied for another one and it’s not a good hat to wear IMO. I don’t get many physical ARCs, normally only egalleys, and the physical ARCs I have are signed so I’ve held on to them… but I often by the finished copy as well if I love them!!! Thanks for posting this Tabitha, it was some great insight to what publishers think 🙂
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  42. Sarah P.

    This is really an interesting topic, Tabitha. I don’t generally receive physical ARCs because I’m an international blogger but I do know that some bloggers give them away or lend them and it’s nice to know that publicists do appreciate these. I’ve seen this ‘ARC entitlement’ time and again and it’s really pissing me off. It’s like some people think that you’re only as good as the best bloggers by the number of highly coveted ARCs you receive. I don’t understand why anyone should feel entitled to anything. I, for one, don’t mind not receiving any ARCs and would gladly review books I own or borrowed.
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  43. [email protected]

    It’s good to hear that leaving ARC’s or sending them to other bloggers is okay. I’ve been thinking what to do with some ARC’s I don’t want anymore (I don’t keep the ones I didn’t like) and I might just scatter them around the train when I’m on my way to school 😀

    I’ve seen that type of behavior a couple of times and it annoys me so much. NO, just because you are a blogger doesn’t mean they HAVE to send that book to you. And because they’ve send you other titles doesn’t mean you are entitled to get them all.. It really makes me wonder what their priorities are, because it’s not about free books for me. I always feel SUPER excited and happy when publishers are generous enough to send something to me.
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  44. Candace

    I do agree that some bloggers seem to feel entitled. Maybe they don’t mean to come across that way, but they do sometimes. I get so many unsolicited books that I rarely request any. I do get lots of emails from publicists to see if I’m interested in particular books and only respond if I genuinely am. There have been times I couldn’t get into the book but I let them know and usually ask what they prefer me to do with it (do a giveaway or just donate it). I donate a lot of books to the Pine Ridge Reservation because they don’t have a library and the people there don’t have access to many books. I have been told that some of the ARC’s have encouraged them to buy some of the books for their distribution program though, so my donation did bring sales in some cases anyway.
    I do giveaways and I share books with a couple local bloggers so we can get more reviews out of the book. If I love a book I want a finished copy anyway, so I’m often buying books I have (or had) ARC’s of.
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