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?