Backlist vs. ARCs: The Good and Bad…
When I first started blogging about a couple weeks in, I heard about Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs) and thought it was an amazing concept. How exclusive would it be to read a book before release? Once I got my blog up in stats I signed up for a NetGalley account and was ready to roll in eARCs. I was approved for 3 and read 1. Then I realised the one I read actually was already released. Okaaaayyy, not quite an ARC then. When I got approved for First Life I thought ‘now I’ve hit the big time’. And honestly, I was disappointed with the book. I didn’t enjoy it like I thought I would. So I joined on with some blog tours for ARCs and once again, disappointment.
I started to examine why if I really wanted to read ARCs. Sure, it’s great to feel exclusive, but it’s crummy motivation to read. On one hand, I can see the benefit of it. Especially if it’s from an author you know and love. Which wasn’t the case for any of the ones I had read. I turned to backlist books and actually enjoyed it more. I felt like I was working through my TBR instead of constantly adding to it. I think ARCs can be super fun to get. It was like Christmas when the copy of The Widow I won on GoodReads came in the mail. But books I’ve found and LOVED have always been ones I’ve meant to read for a long time and only finally got to reading.
There’s a constant flurry of interest in ARCs, but also a good amount of drama that surrounds them. And while backlist books don’t get as much hype once their release period is long gone, they have their own benefits over ARCs.
- No rush to finish before a deadline
- Previous reviews to help you choose
- Helps financially support the author
- Great way to discover and promote lesser known books
Advanced Reading Copies
- Get a book before most other people have seen it
- FREE BOOKS
- Support the author by promoting and sharing their book before release
- Are the first line of reviewers and set expectations for it
- More review influence before reading
- May have less interested readers
- Reading a book everyone has already talked about and discussed at a length
Advanced Reading Copies
- ARC envy
- ARC drama – aka how some people abuse/take advantage of the system for personal benefit
- No reviews to guide you with whether or not it’s worth reading
- Deadlines and pressure to finish
What do you think are the pros and cons of reading backlist books vs. ARCs?