Before we start this discussion, let me define these terms for you:
ARC – Advanced Reading Copy. It can be a paperback or eBook of a book that has not been published yet. Usually these copies are limited to people in the publishing industry (authors, publishers, agents, booksellers, etc,), librarians, teachers, and reviewers (including bloggers).
Published Books – This is self-explanatory, it’s a book that is available for sale.
Why are ARCs Important?
The main purpose of an ARC is marketing. It promotes the book in the hopes that it creates hype, good reviews, and endorsement/recommendations from authors. It also serves to make changes to the final book, often errors are found and in rare occasions, parts of the books are changed based on the feedback received.
How About Books Already Published?
As bloggers we are always happy to read and review books before they are published and write an honest review. It is usually accepted to review ARCs up to two months before or after the publication date. But, what about books that were published a while ago?
It seems like once a book has been published and the hype dies down readers lose interest in them. Is this true or is it my perception? It seems to me that I receive less or no comments when I review those books than when I review an ARC. Do you think it might have to do with how popular the book is or was?
I think this makes bloggers feel like it’s not worth it to review older books. Writing a review is a considerable time investment for most bloggers, and why go though the trouble is no one is going to read it?
I’m a mood reader, so I will read what I want to read at the moment. I do have ARCs, but I also spend an unseemly (or so my hubby tells me) amount of money on books and I also visit the library. I think all books have value, no matter how popular or unpopular they are or when they were published. Good knows I love to read Austen’s books, Jane Eyre and other classics 🙂