I’m back home today! Drinking my fresh roasted coffee with cream!
What are you drinking?
I was reading someone’s blog post when I was inspired by this post. Let me first start out by saying I WOULD NEVER! I feel like getting ARC’s (advanced readers copies) is a huge honor. Like someone is letting you hold their newborn baby! They are trusting you with their book baby. There is an agreement that you will not sell or distribute the author’s content. You get ARC’s to do reviews help the author out while you get the benefit of being one of the first to read the story.
The reason I am even bringing this up today is I accidently bought an ARC from a used bookstore. I didn’t notice until I got home that it was an ARC! I don’t regret buying it because I will handle it with the proper care the previous owner should have. I won’t sell it. If I don’t want to keep it I will pass it along to one you, my readers who I trust will also handle with care. I’m not sure if I would have bought it had I been paying attention. It goes against principle, for me. The person shouldn’t have sold it.
On the other hand, I got the book off the market, though it shouldn’t have been there in the first place. So there is that. I can’t go buying everybody’s mistakes it would cause me to go broke!
So it worked out in this instance, but if I am faced with this problem again I’m not sure if I would buy it or not. Being that it was on the shelf it had already been sold, I think I might buy the ARC to get it off the market. It will depend on a lot of factors. Hopefully, it does not happen again.
I am disappointed that this is even an issue. I assume the copy belonged to a book blogger or librarian. Who else gets ARCs? To that person, I say shame on you! You are giving reviewers a bad rap. You are the reason authors have to put disclaimers on their books.
As a writer, I appreciate the hard work that goes behind making original content. That’s why I have respect for other peoples work and I don’t share. That copy was given to me like I said it’s an honor and I appreciate it.