I’m going to warn you in advance – this is probably one of those discussion posts that turns more into a rant.
It just means that I’m passionate about the subject, right?
But that also means you can rant along with me if you like.
So let’s talk about people selling ARC’s
First of all…what is an ARC?
An ARC is a book that has been printed specifically to be handed out for free to people like bloggers, booktubers, and fans at events, earlier than the release date. They’re usually handed out in exchange for reviews, to help build up hype before the book release, but sometimes at book conventions, the people going there can receive the free copies too.
These ARCs aren’t the finished version, and there still might be mistakes or very slight changes to be made, but it pretty much is just an early copy of the book.
As most of you will know, BEA – a huge book convention – happened recently. Hundreds of authors all went to advertise their books, with most handing out ARCs to the lucky people who managed to go.
Now, I didn’t know this happened until a few days ago, but every year, as soon as BEA ends, some of these ARCs end up being sold online. Meaning there’s people out there who purposefully go to these events, exploit the author and publisher’s kindness and take the free books from them, to then exploit readers excitement to sell the books.
Well the second I heard about this, I went on a rant on twitter.
I can’t believe people actually go to these events, look into the eyes of the author knowing they’re going to steal money from them, take their generosity and throw it back in their faces.
And they are stealing from them. The author and publisher have given up that much money, and spent loads just to print hundreds of books they won’t even gain money from. And then someone comes along, takes the free book, and gains money from it themselves.
It’s not even about the money though.
At these events, there’s always huge lines of people who spend hours waiting to meet their favourite authors, waiting for the possibility of getting one of these ARCs. These people will hold so much hope in them, waiting for so long just to get a copy of one of their most anticipated books of the year.
So imagine if one of these people wait for so long, only to be told by the author/publisher that they’re really sorry, but they’ve ran out of copies to hand out.
And then imagine being that person, and seeing that some horrid person that didn’t even want the book had been before them in the queue, and grabbed a copy only to sell it. Grabbed a copy that a genuine fan could have had instead.
Or imagine being the author, seeing one of the ARCs being sold online and knowing that one of the people you’d met that day had lied to your face, and stole from you. Knowing that you had met some fans that you couldn’t give an ARC to because you had run out, and unknowingly gave a copy to one of these vile people.
It’s just awful. While one person only thinks about how they can make money they don’t deserve, so many people are affected.
The bottom line of my rant?
I will NEVER buy an ARC.
I’ve never gone to a book convention, so I don’t have any ARCs at the moment. But no matter how badly I want an ARC of one of my most anticipated releases, I will never buy one.
ARCs aren’t meant to be bought. They’re meant to be handed out by the author or publishers to build up hype before a book release.
Buying an ARC is handing money to someone who did absolutely nothing to contribute to that book. It’s handing money to someone who doesn’t deserve it.
I will never buy an ARC. I will earn my own, thank you very much.
Share your thoughts!
What’s your opinion on all this?
Did you know it happened?
Have you seen any ARCs being sold yourself? Which ones?
Did you go to BEA? What was it like there?
Do you have any ARCs? How did you get them (events, sent by publisher, won in giveaway etc) and which ones?
Join the discussion (or have a rant!) in the comments!
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