For the sake of putting it out there— I’m immensely equivocal when it comes to ARC’s. A few months prior, my stand on the proposition was hypothetical, simply because I, at that time, was happy enough to have been welcomed with open arms to the blogosphere. I was elated to have met some of the most amazing bloggers known to online man, so most of the perks and add-ons, ARC’s included, came as mere afterthoughts to the immediate jubilation I could not help but succumb to.
To this day, I still get ecstatic whenever someone visits my blog– make no mistake. But now that I’ve been lurking around, commenting here and there on various blogs for about two months since then, my brain has (most unfortunately) begun to recycle some of the ruminations on ARC’s I’ve stockpiled for reevaluation. Are they worth the effort? What are their true benefits? Does a rejected request hurt? And with no other sentiments to consider regarding the matter at hand, apart from my own, sorry estimations, it’s honestly starting to throw me off balance. Hence, I ask YOU, dear reader, to tell me what you think about ARC’s, and whether or not they’re worth requesting for (they are perks, after all).
1. The fact that you’re essentially a bookish beta-tester with one of these babies.
At first glance, a reader’s reaction to an ARC would probably be something around the lines of “GIVE IT. JUST GIVE IT HERE.” Although I never really considered the thought of this advantage an inspiration for this blog’s inception, the undeniable truth is that an ARC is a huge (and by huge I mean absolutely behemothic) jumbo-sized perk. I mean, come on. Your own copy of a book that you may (or may not, but still) have wanted since the day of its announcement? And you get to be one of the very first to read and review it, weeks or months before everyone else can? What’s not to love? It will probably be easier for me to tell you that I’ve never, not even once, been jaundiced by the ARC’s reviewed on other blogs, but since I’m an unfeigned, true blue potato, I’m going to admit that the thought has occurred to me once or twice. Sometimes, it just seems as if I have nothing to lose anyways.
My most likely reaction to an ARC.
2. It serves a great purpose, and is a great marketing strategy.
This is, of course, the less self-indulgent reason why I’ve considered requesting for an ARC. Having professional readers review potential books is an effective way of advertisement. In this way, the book receives exposure, and more often than not gets recommended to the blogging audience (which, as I have been led to believe, is in itself quite extensive). I’m sure there are gobs of other reasons why publishers are willing to give out early copies of books for release, but whatever they are, rest assured they’re important if so many bloggers out there are being given access.
1. They’re added pressure.
In case you aren’t already aware, I’m a high school senior. I’m not sure if this magical phrase means the same to you as it does me, but in case we’re not walking the same line, let me tell you that it essentially means tons of homework, bunches of long tests each week, cringe-worthy math grades, club meetings, college admission tests, and, to add to my collection of Apple products, a pair of ugly iBags. ARC’s will most likely add to this pressure, since publishers expect reviews, and quite immediately. I’m not sure of the level to which this extends, but unless I’m sure that it’s not that vexatious, I’ll probably be too scared to advance.
2. It is required to meet a certain standard.
I haven’t been around for that long, and this might prove to be a problem. Since ARCs require approval before distribution. I’m not sure if any of the publishers are willing to consider me a professional reader, either because my blog doesn’t have the precedence of age, or because I haven’t been reviewing as many books as I’m supposed to. Either way, I won’t really get to know unless I actually hit the request button, though it’s kind of sad to get rejected for a book I really want to get my hands on, and there will always be a chance of that.
What do YOU guys think when it comes to ARCs? Are you on the Yay side, or the Nay side? I’ll appreciate thoughts and opinions! And before I forget, there is a link to my blog survey on the sidebar, which I put up to check up on viewer satisfaction, and tweak my blog up a little in case I haven’t been meeting them 🙂 Have a great week, everyone!