I have always found the book blogging community to be an extremely welcoming and loving place, allowing everyone to share their thoughts and ideas openly without criticism or fighting. Except for when the conversation shifts to two topics: plagiarism and ARCs. I’m not going to talk about plagiarism because that wave has passed for now. But, ARCs have recently become a topic of conversation once again. I don’t know all the details, but apparently there was a comment made on a photo of ARCs posted saying that it was inconsiderate and rude of bloggers to post pictures of ARCs and that they were boasting, etc. because the book was not yet out.
*Please note that these are my personal thoughts and feelings on the topic and don’t mean to offend anyone!*
Now, I can empathize with the person that posted that comment, but I don’t at all think that what they said was “right.” I was once the person that saw pictures of ARCs and drooled because I never thought it possible that I would ever get sent physical ARCs for review. Up until fairly recently, that was the case. And to this day I still get ARC envy; I think every blogger probably does at one point or another. But, it’s the way we handle it that matters.
Book bloggers that get sent books for review are sent them not only to read them and post their thoughts, but to bring about publicity and hype for the book. Lily talks in more depth about how bloggers posting images of ARCs is a good thing in her lovely post. I completely agree with everything she says, and wanted to strongly add one point:
Bloggers that get sent a coveted ARC clearly worked hard to establish a site and following large enough that the publisher deemed them worthy. I would know, because I am not one of those said bloggers (yet?).
Also: Being sent books for free, whether they are ARCs or not, requires some kind of payment back to the publisher and author. ARCs are expensive to make, and being sent one is a privilege. Sharing the book and creating interest is the least us bloggers can do to repay them.
So, those are my thoughts on all of the envious and jealous folks out there that feel the need to call out bloggers for fulfilling their obligations to publishers. And a word of advice if that’s you: start a book blog! You could be the person getting sent ARCs someday! 😉