ARCs (Advanced Reader’s Copies)

ARCs. Possibly the only reason some people start a blog or BookTube channel. ARCs are Advanced Reader’s Copies of books. They come out months in advance before the actual release date of the book. Publishing companies send these pre-releases to book stores, bloggers, YouTubers, etc. to get the hype up for a book. I have received one physical copy of an ARC because of a website that is now discontinued, but I got to read and review it before the actual release date. I’ve gotten a few authors contact me to review their books before they come out, so that’s also been really cool. ARCs are genuinely so much fun. They’re also very, very frustrating. If you love a book you want to tell people about it and peer pressure them to go and buy the book and read it immediately, but if the book isn’t out yet… You feel somewhat isolated because none of your friends can read it. I mean, you can loan them the book, but… trust issues dealing with books. Getting eARCs is very easy now because of websites like NetGalley and Edelweiss, and I love taking advantage of the opportunity to read the books before they come out. I’m reading a book that I got off of NetGalley right now. I have to read it on my mom’s iPad, but it still works out. I love receiving ARCs, but feel very antisocial after reading them. To me, they’re a very fun perk of being a book blogger. It has taken me a while to get ARCs, though. Don’t just start a blog or YouTube to get free books. It’s always a plus, but make a blog about something you’re passionate about. Also, if you receive an ARC right(ish) away when you start a blog, read and review it. Don’t let it sit on your shelf. Publishers thought that you’d be a good candidate for their pre-release, use that to your advantage. Do you like reading or receiving ARCs? Do you feel bad if you don’t read them in time?

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3 thoughts on “ARCs (Advanced Reader’s Copies)

  1. cantstopwontstopbooks

    Ah… I have a love hate relationship with ARCs. I love being able to read books early. However, I feel pressured to get it read and reviewed as fast as humanly possible, especially if the release date is coming up soon. When I receive an ARC, it automatically jumps to the very top of my reading list.. I find it’s the best way to do things for me. I’m also a member of Netgalley. Sometimes I have to remind myself to just calm down with requests so I don’t overwhelm myself.

    I definitely agree that people shouldn’t start a blog just for advanced copies. For one, it’s not an instant gratification. Lol. You have to build followers, which isn’t easy. I’ve only ever received one physical copy ARC and have been approached by one author (when I was solely reviewing on Goodreads). I don’t even have twenty followers at this point, and I’ve been blogging for a couple weeks. It definitely takes time and effort. I think some people think that starting a blog is this free pass to start receiving books from publishers, and it’s not.

    1. 17abrownin Post author

      I completely agree with the pressure aspect. ARCs definitely jump to the top of my TBR as well. Thanks for telling me what you thought about them!
      Aubrey Joy

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