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?