Let’s talk about anything bookish!
I have a confession to make. I do not really care if I get a physical Advance Reader Copy (ARC) or not. SERIOUSLY. I know there have been a lot (trust me) of drama surrounding ARCs, the grabbiness of bloggers that I have to admit have some truth to it, plus some that actually sell ARCs at an exorbitant price!
Not only that, but there is also such a thing as ARC ENVY. Oh, I admit to being envious of all the ARCs that some bloggers get waaaaay in advance. And yes, I was initially doing everything in my power to get ahold of them. Requesting ARCs from publishers, going to conventions (admittedly, I don’t go to a lot) and lining up so I could grab the coveted ARC.
Which brings me to my confession. I personally DO NOT care anymore if I get an ARC or not. Sure, I’d love to get physical ARCs but I won’t actively seek them out anymore.
Too little time
One of the reasons is just that I simply can’t read them all. Heck, I still have a bunch of physical ARCs from last year that I haven’t even read yet. And not only that, these are some that I really don’t have the interest to read anymore.
Yes, I understand the high that one gets when you receive an ARC in the mail but after that initial high, you are left with nothing.
I just don’t have a lot of space
Let’s be honest here. Physical ARCs take up a lot of space. Since I prefer hardbacks, I want to keep my paperbacks at a minimum. Now, if I love a book, I get the hardback (if available) so then I end up with two copies of 1 book that I don’t know what to do with.
Plus, the clutter! *shudder*
What if I don’t like the book!
Another thing that concerns me that I might not like the book. Now, what do I do with an ARC if I don’t like it? Sure, I know that you can trade your ARCs and I have seen people do it but I don’t really receive any of the coveted ARCs anyway so I never get a trade. And the ones that are good picks, I really don’t want to trade.
I still love eGalleys
I’m also not eschewing ARCs altogether. I still request eGalleys from Netgalley and Edelweiss and I am perfectly fine with that. There also doesn’t have as much envy to get an eGalley as compared to a physical ARC.
I have requested fewer galley in the last few months, though. Again, this is because I just don’t have the time to read them anymore. I’ve also found that some books are better in audiobook form, so I usually wait for Audible or my local library to have it on hand.
Do you love physical ARCs? Do you go out of your way to get an ARC?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: