Breakfast with the Bookie is a semi-weekly feature here @ Badass Bookie which is making a reappearance in 2012. Every other Wednesday morning, let's all grab our teas and coffees to gather and discuss and share our opinions! Everyone is welcome to join and make sure you leave a comment to state your opinion. Don't be shy!
This Week's Topic: ARCs - The Do's and Don'ts'?
One of the perks of being a book blogger is ARCs. For those who don't know what they are ( although who doesn't!) they're Advanced Reader Copies. Often a publisher would produce a small quantity of books months earlier to it's release date and distribute them to librarians, booksellers and book bloggers. Basically, we read and review the book prior to the release date to create a hype or just to make others aware of the upcoming release.
There is this whole controversy regarding ARCs and I thought it'll be cool if we all created a list of the Do's and Don'ts' regarding them! I've listed a few things below that I think are important.
Do - Feel grateful when receiving an ARC whether from a publisher, author or blogger! Remember to thank them!
Don't - Feel obliged to receive ARCs. Quite frankly, you're not. We're not. You are not entitled to them so don't parade them around, don't whinge when you don't receive one and definitely don't persist people for one!
Do - Think carefully before requesting an ARC. They're very expensive to produce and if you're requesting one just for the sake of requesting one - you shouldn't! Show a genuine in the book, do some research, READ THE BLURB and have a good feeling that you'll enjoy it!
Don't - Request an ARC that you know you're not going to enjoy or you're not going to finish. I often know before reading a book whether it will be my cup of tea or not! Do not request an ARC based on it's cover, popularity or whether other bloggers received a copy or not!
Do - Put thought into your review. Don't just write the first thing that comes to mind and definitely don't write a 400 word synopsis and then say "I liked it - read it!" at the end. That's not a review. If you don't like the book - not slam it. Talk about why, talk about the parts you do like and recommend it to the people you think WILL like it.
Don't - Not review the book, if you're like me and you are a slowish reader with not a lot of time that's fine! BUT don't request an ARC and not read it! Always keep in mind of the book you haven't read before you request new ones! :)
That's a list of six do's and don'ts' any that should be added to the list? Pop them in the comments!
Badass Bookie xx