Back when I first started blogging, I heard about these mythical creatures that only a few saw, called advanced reader copy. When I heard that I immediately thought 'free books! How do I get them?' Recently I even joined NetGalley in the hopes that I could get them - but that was before I found out all the hoops you have to jump through. Does it bother me? I don't know, really. One of the things that they need, however, is a picture. I don't even have one on my blog - so the likelihood of me putting one on another website? Yeah, slim.
To me, reviewing ARC'S is more of a tradeoff than most (especially publishers) seem to think. They each have something the other wants and…well, that's not what this topic is really about.
You see, once I found the requirements for NetGalley, I started thinking more about ARC's. The reason behind them as well as the reason to read/review them.
First up, they generate hype. If no one received ARC's, few people would be rushing to the store - or the internet - to buy the book the day it releases unless it was by an author you love. I know for me, I usually wait with most books until after they have been out for awhile - long enough to read reviews both good and bad - before buying it. So, ARC's give me opinions of people before the book has actually released. In that respect, I like people reading/reviewing ARC's.
For me personally though, I've thought about ARC's and… A couple of times I accidentally bought ARC's off the internet. Besides feeling ticked off - after all, it says right there 'do no sell' - I wasn't willing to read them. Yeah, I'm kind of odd that way. But then I got thinking about why exactly I wouldn't read it.
I feel that ARC's aren't the finished story. They're like watching a deleted scene for a movie or TV show that wasn't actually finished. They're up against the green screen, or they have those little black with white writing placeholder cards. Or like playing a beta version of a game that might have bugs. The full story is there, but it's not finished with all the bells an whistles.
After all the work the author and publishers did, I want to read the finished work - not a version where things could still change.
How about you? Do you read ARC's? Why or why not?