Thoughts #56: What Do You Do With Your ARCs?


This is something I was thinking about recently, and also probably something that has caused a little bit of a stir in the book blogging community, because not everyone agrees on what the current thing to do is. So, here is the big question:

When you have finished reading an Advanced Review Copy of a book, what do you do with it?

For me, it really depends on the situation, including what I thought of the book, what it means to me, if I think I will re-read it and (sometimes) how pretty the cover is. Mmm, pretty books, my favourite.

  • If I enjoyed the book a lot, then chances are I will keep the book, especially if it has a gorgeous cover.
  • If I liked the book, then I might keep it, depending on shelf space, or I might pass it on to a friend who I think would enjoy it.
  • If I disliked the book, then I’ll most likely get rid of it after reading – either donated to charity or sent to a friend who I think would enjoy it.
  • Occasionally, if there’s a book I’ve really enjoyed but don’t see myself re-reading, I’ll send it to one of several friends (including Claire from Bitches With Books).

I would never, ever sell an ARC. It seems wrong. I will happily trade them for other books, send them to friends or donate them to charity for others to read – but I’ll never sell them. Publishers have entrusted me with these books, and I don’t want to profit off that.

What do you think? What do you do with your finished ARCs?

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9 thoughts on “Thoughts #56: What Do You Do With Your ARCs?”

  1. I go to my local VA clinic from time to time for medical treatment.There is an area there for the Veterans to put books at for others to take and read, I put mine there.

  2. My lack of bookshelf space is exactly why I stick to digital ARCs. Saves me the hassle of finding them a home somewhere in my room.

    Though I’m always curious to know what publishers think about the trading of ARCs. If they even care (because that is a potential book sale) or if they like it because it spreads the word of the novel.

    1. I actually find it quite difficult to concentrate on ebooks – they seem to take me so much longer to read, so I much prefer physical copies. I do have a lot of eARCs though!

      I think trading is probably not an issue – like you said, it spreads the word. But selling is very frowned upon.

  3. Initially I keep everything. Then when my shelf starts to fill up, I’ll go through it and try to find books/ARCs I can donate. But I’m seriously attached to them unless I DESPISED the book. I have a hard time giving anything away lol.

    But like Lauren, I prefer digital ARCs (and digital books in general). Then I get to keep them all forever! >:D

    1. Yes, that’s what I do – although now I am trying to be more ruthless and just get rid if I won’t re-read, so I immediately have room to fill my shelves up again 😉

  4. I don’t have many physical ARCs but, to be honest, I’d never really thought about this. I tend to keep them until I get my hands on a copy of the real book (if I liked it). I would then send on my ARC copy for others to enjoy. I like to spread the love that way.

    1. That’s a nice idea 🙂 I would definitely buy a finished copy of an ARC if I knew I was going to re-read it or wanted others to know about it.

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