What if ARCs Didn’t Exist? (In Gifs!)

June 14, 2014 Discussion 118

*none of these gifs are mine*

Imagine waking up one morning to realize
Advance Readers Copies did not exist.

episode rise and shine

They never existed.

And they never will.

season 3 episode The Algae’s Always Greener

How would this affect the population?

Regular People                                                        Bookish People


Regular people continue to lead monotonous, ordinary lives just like they always have, while the lives of bookish people spiral out of control.

Regular People                                                        Bookish People

With no alternative but to accept it,
bookish people had to move on.

Request is now open for a limited time. Put in your suggestions by replying this entry. So, any request?


…Or not.

Now riddle me this:
  • If ARCs didn’t exist, how do you think your blog would change?
  • How do you think “big” blogs would change?
  • Do you think your blog would have as many readers?
  • Would you continue to have motivation to blog as much?


118 Responses to “What if ARCs Didn’t Exist? (In Gifs!)”

  1. Amber @ Books of Amber

    Spongebob gifs FTW! And to answer your questions:

    If ARCs didn’t exist, how do you think your blog would change?
    Well, obviously there would be no more reading books before release date, but to be honest I rarely read them before their release date anyway nowadays. Which kind of defeats the point, and which is why I’m not requesting any more. So I don’t know if MY blog would change all that much, aside from the occasional book haul that I might post.

    Do you think your blog would have as many readers?
    Probably, because, like I said, I don’t really post ARC reviews any more. On the occasion that I do, that review gets no more comments than my other reviews. So maybe me readers are awesomely consistent? XD

    Would you continue to have motivation to blog as much?
    YES. Probably even more so, because I would be anticipating so many more releases each week along with everybody else and it would be AWESOME. I think it would bring everyone together as well, like Harry Potter did back in the day with those midnight releases!
    Amber @ Books of Amber recently posted…Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

    • Alise


      I’m getting to that point too, my posting of ARC reviews have been so late recently I think I’m going to stop requesting. But ah, it’s so tempting.

      Aha, probably :) I don’t think my stats differ either way. Actually, it’s funny because older books get much more comments although ARC reviews get more plain views. Strange.

      Wow, that’s a good point. There would be a lot more excitement around the release of a book then I think! Awww, yes :) That was the best.

    • Tamie

      “but to be honest I rarely read them before their release date anyway nowadays. Which kind of defeats the point, and which is why I’m not requesting any more”
      My thoughts exactly. I mean, I’ll enter a giveaway (like on Goodreads) if the title sounds interesting enough, but the book being “advanced” becomes irrelevant at that point. I simply have too many books on my to-read list for the publication date to matter any more.

      Half the time I don’t pay any attention to the details about the edition like whether it’s an ARC or not–if I win it, I’ll find out when it arrives, otherwise I’ll end up having to buy a copy like anyone who didn’t enter.
      I don’t specifically request arcs, and if I know the title being an “arc” is the point of the giveaway (as in the newsletters I receive, not the Goodreads giveaways) I’m more likely to bookmark the book’s page for future reference but leave the giveaway to other readers.

      That being said, I have a lot of books I need to review, if only for the practice. Very few of them are ARCs.
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  2. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    It probably wouldn’t affect me much, considering my blog is fairly small and I don’t get physical ARCs shipped to me (INTL blogger right here). I don’t think it would affect my blog stats, either, since I think I get equal views on ARC and regular book reviews. :) It would be disappointing, though, that there would be more books I have to spend money on instead of getting them for free. D:
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    • Alise

      I agree! There are a lot of things that would change outside of blogging, and I definitely would be going to the library more. It’s scary to think how much money ARCs actually save us xD

  3. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    Those gifs *snort*

    If ARCs didn’t exist, how do you think your blog would change?
    -Well.. I wouldn’t be able to post ARC reviews, haha. I don’t think I would lose a lot of readers, because I’m still able to post reviews for all the books I buy – and I post more than reviews. Big blogs might change, because a lot of them seems to only post ARC reviews :) I think it would bring a lot of us more together and it would solve some of the spoiler incidents. It wouldn’t be the end of the world to me, actually!
    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted…Review 265. Lisa Ann O’Kane – Essence.

    • Alise


      You are the first person to mention that about the spoilers and I absolutely love that point. It would cut down spoilers so much! Anyways, I agree. So many books on our shelves that get pushed aside for an ARC we have to review.

  4. Neysa Kristanti

    APOCALYPSE 0-0 Or not.

    Let see, I ARCs didn’t exist, I wouldn’t get to post early review, but I probably would still review them once they’re out. And since I’m an INT blogger and only get ARCs once in a while, I guess it won’t affect me too much like a USA-based blogger. Still, it’s gonna be sad :)

    Neysa @ Papier Revue
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    • Alise

      It would be sad! I think a lot of things would change, even if blogs might not. There is so much buzz and hype created from ARCs.

  5. Amanda @ Book Badger

    You know, it makes me quite proud to say that even though I do request ARC’s and read them, my blog is very varied and it’s never gone one way or another. I also make sure I have a variety of books, genres and formats, especially plenty of post-published reviews because I do want people to buy them for a good price. For that reason, I don’t think my audience would change that much, if at all, but I most definitely would still blog. Granted, everyday might go out the window because of not having my own personal library, but I’d still blog for sure! Big blogs I think would change hugely, a lot of them focus on ARC’s and while many have physical books that they’ve bought, they don’t read them and they get forgotten about which is a shame, so I do think it would affect other blogs. These were great questions! :)
    Amanda @ Book Badger recently posted…NetGalley Negatives

    • Alise

      That’s great, Amanda! I wish I could think more like that. I kind of stick to one genre because it’s “safe.” :P Yeah, I wonder that too. Thank you :)

  6. Emily @ Forever Literary

    I can’t believe that I’ve never really thought about this topic before. For me, blogging wouldn’t change too much – receiving ARCs is nice, but it’s not what motivates me to blog. I blog because I love the community, and speaking of which, the community could in many ways be improved by a lack of ARCs. Think of all the jealousy that would disappear! I would never advocate for ARCs to go away, but I can definitely see the positives now that I think about it.
    Emily @ Forever Literary recently posted…Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

    • Alise

      For sure! There are so many benefits and so many cons that kind of balance each other out. I love seeing people get new ARCs because that’s how I discover the story and decide if I want to read it. I suppose I am glad for them.

  7. Stephanie

    This post is a lot of fun. Love all those gifs. I could do without ARC’s. Since they are available we use them, but honestly, it is sad to me that post pub books have lost their appeal. Our motto is ‘any book that we haven’t read is a new book’. It was not always like that. There was a time I blogged only about new books, but I was missing out on some of the best parts of my TBR. I started this whole thing because I was a devoted reader who wanted to blog about it, and I just didn’t enjoy being the girl who read because she blogged. Popularity be damned.
    Great discussion.
    Stephanie recently posted…Review: Deadly Pink by Vivian Vande Velde

    • Alise

      Thanks! I was wondering about that too. If they never were there we wouldn’t know any better and just would be grateful for what we already have. Exactly!

    • Alise

      I like doing that too. I just lack the actual doing it part, ha. ARCs can definitely be an annoyance sometimes but also a great perk.

  8. Anne @ Lovely Literature

    My blog wouldn’t change really, we review mostly older books, with a few exceptions now and then. I also don’t buy a lot of books and rely on the good old library, so no money concerns there! :) I’d still want to blog, getting arcs wasn’t the motivation to start the big anyway, just a neat benefit.

    I think the main thing would be that the big blogs wouldn’t have as many giveaways, and that would cut down on followers I’d think.

    • Alise

      Yeah, libraries are the best. I get a huge chunk of the books I review from there. Exactly!

      I didn’t think about the giveaway thing at all, that would be very interesting to see if that was affected.

  9. Kristen

    Honestly, my blog wouldn’t really changed. I don’t have many reviews posted, and the majority of them have been for books already published.

    But not having ARCs could be a blessing and a curse.
    Pros: no more unsolicited arcs. Bloggers are actually reading books they want to read, as opposed to trying to keep up their numbers for readership and more free stuff.
    Cons: publishers could get away with murder on pretty covers. Without previews, we walk into a book store or online, blind. We go Ooo, this looks like a great book, fork over $10-20, then get home to find out it’s the worst book ever.

    I feel the wheels of my mind turning for a link-up post here. I actually have a lot more thought on this!
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    • Alise

      Definitely. Plus the main issue for me: stress. I really dislike having to work on a timeline sometimes. Those are some cons I didn’t think about before, good point!

      I’ll have to check it out!

  10. Rashika

    What would change is the fact that I would have to buy a lot more books which would end up driving me to bankruptcy :P

    I think it’s quite interesting that you posted this because I wonder if ARCs didn’t exist, would blogs attract more readers?

    I do believe the contents of the blogs would change because we wouldn’t be on such a strict schedule anymore (schedules can REALLY be strict sometimes) and we would be allowed to experiment more with other ideas?

    Fantastic post, Alise and really, I hope that day doesn’t come :P
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    • Alise

      Ah, true. I know that would affect me, and a lot of other comments said the same thing.

      Hmmm, I think our blogs might have more plain readers rather than bloggers. Maybe our focus would be more on content rather than pushing out ARC reviews.

      Exactly! Maybe new features, adding more personality in, etc. I think that too.

      Thanks :) And yeah :P

  11. Sophie

    I’M READY, I’M READY, I’M READY! #spongefan

    I think I’d actually be happier without ARCs – I would be less stressed about getting books read and reviews written on time, and not feel guilty about having such a long to-do list because I’d have more time to read “old” books. But I just can’t kick the habit – gimme gimme ARCs!
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    • Alise


      Oh, same. For sure. It would be amazing not to have dates and such looming over your head but I definitely love ARCs. Haha me neither :)

  12. Kayla Elizabeth

    I love this topic :) I have not seen it anywhere before and love new discussions :)

    ARCs aren’t really a big part of my life. There are few moments where I want or try to get an ARC, but I don’t really put much of an effort into it because I know the book will be out soon enough (and, too, rejection can be hard :\). With that said it would not affect my blog. Yes, I think receiving an ARC and reviewing it before the book came out would possibly attract more visitors, but it doesn’t bother me either way. I think, too, the reason I am not necessarily a big ARC person is because then I am on a schedule, which always stresses me out- why stress myself out when I can do it on my terms, you know? But that is just me!
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    • Alise

      Thank you! :)

      Yeah I know what you mean, I hate getting those “no” emails. Ah, yes. The time management. That’s what I really have a problem with too, all my ARC reviews rarely get posted on time. Not just you!

  13. Leigh

    Haha I really like those SpongeBob gif’s! Describes my emotions if ARCs did not exist anymore perfectly.
    •If ARCs didn’t exist, how do you think your blog would change?
    Half (I think) of the reviews that I do are ARCs, so if they didn’t exist, then my reviews would probably consist of older books. I’m not that person who buys a new book on the first day/week/month it has been released. I wait for the hype to go down, then I buy the book (if I still feel like it lol).
    •How do you think “big” blogs would change?
    I honestly don’t know haha. I guess no more ARC reviews for them as well lol.
    •Do you think your blog would have as many readers?
    I think I’ll still have the same amount of readers.
    •Would you continue to have motivation to blog as much?
    Yes! Book and bloggers are my motivation. :)

    • Alise

      Ahaha thanks xD It was so funny because I think the gifs actually inspired the post, not the other way around. I usually ignore the hype, too. Unless I have a few close friends that are in absolute love with the book. The community is a huge motivator for me as well!

  14. ShootingStarsMag

    Great topic. I think some of the bigger blogs would change a lot because they tend to have the most advanced reviews posted. However, there would probably be a lot less jealousy between blogs because so and so got an ARC and other people didn’t. I find myself not accepting as many review books these days, and I don’t get sent tons of random ARCs either, like some blogs do…so for me, I don’t think my blog would change much. I’d continue reviewing the books I read (from the store, the library,etc.) and include entertainment posts and all the like. But again, for those that do post a lot of advanced reviews, I guess they could just do excerpts, guest posts, interviews, waiting on wednesday, etc. to make up for it. :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you! Such a good point about the jealousy that I never thought of until now. Plus I imagine with the pressure gone, maybe we would all focus on content more. I’m beginning to do that too. Ah, true! There would still be ways to create buzz.

  15. kimbacaffeinate

    The only thing that would change for me both as a reader and book reviewer is that I might not take as many risks on new authors, genres etc. ARCs have allowed me to stretch past my comfort zone and experience more genres and new to me authors. In turn I have exposed my viewers to them. Great post and I giggled over the Sponge Bob gifs.
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    • Alise

      Excellent point. I never really thought about how much I experiment through ARCs. Love the way you put that. Thanks :)

  16. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    Hmm…this is a really interesting thought Alise. It’s really interesting to think about and how it would impact your blog. On one hand, I think it would make the blogging community a bit less competitive; but on the other hand, I feel that not having ARCs would take away a lot of the excitement in blogging. I personally review a lot of already published books, so I don’t think my blog would change much, but I suspect a lot of the “bigger” blogs would be quite different without ARCs!

    Anyhow, thanks for sharing this, and, as always, HILARIOUS post! <3 This has really been thought-provoking! :D
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    • Alise

      I actually never thought of the competitive aspect, but you are definitely on to something. ARCs really are a nick perk. Now I’m wondering just how different things really would be.

      Thank you so much! :D

  17. Sarah J.

    My blog personally wouldn’t change all that much. I do review a good bit of ARCs, but I also review books I own. I don’t own a lot of physical ARCs so must of the physical books I read have already been published. I think a lot of the big blogs would have a bit more viewers. ARC reviews are great, but books that are already published are better because if a review is extremely captivating I may want to buy the book ASAP! My blog would stay the same. I wouldn’t stop blogging. I love it! ARCs are a great incentive but blogging should be done because you love it not to receive ARCs.
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    • Alise

      Ooh, good point. I’m pretty impulsive so knowing I can immediately go out and buy a book right after reading a good review of it is nice. Makes you wonder if the focus would change to content more. Yes, for sure :)

  18. Laura Plus Books

    Honestly, I don’t think it’d affect me too much. Even though ARCs are such a big part of my reading, I usually don’t get to reading them until after the release date anyway. >< However, before ARCs, I read a lot more e-books than hard copies. Since a lot of my ARCs are hard copies, I read them more now. If ARCs didn't exist, I'd be back into the world of e-books! :D

    • Alise

      Ahaha, same here. I have quite a few from May I haven’t even started and I feel so bad. The motivation just isn’t there. Really! I actually didn’t get into ebooks until blogging so it’s kind of the opposite :P

  19. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I didn’t know that Spongebob could make me this happy, but it did ^_^

    To answer your questions: I would still blog either way. I started blogging before I even knew what ARCs were, so even if they never existed I’d be blogging the same way. As far as having as many readers… that’s actually a good question! I’m not sure if my blog grew because I started reviewing more ARCs, or if it was just a natural thing as I got more involved in the blogosphere. I’d say that’s the start of an interesting experiment :D
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    • Alise

      :D Yay, I’m glad to hear that!
      I believe a lot of people feel the same way, most of didn’t even know about ARCs so it wouldn’t be too life changing to go back. Interesting, for sure!

  20. Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun

    LOL loved the SpongeBob Gifs! For me ARCs wouldn’t change my blog that much, because I’m not one of the big bloggers that get tons of ARCs. I have gotten a few ARCs/review copies though that exposed me to authors or genres I probably wouldn’t have tried, so that would be a loss. Otherwise, though, it wouldn’t change much and I’d definitely still be motivated to do my blog. I do wonder about those really big blogs that really run on the ARCs though!
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    • Alise

      Thanks :D
      That would probably be the largest loss, not discovering as many authors or books that you would with ARCs. I like them because I am much more willing to take a chance on new things. Yeah!

  21. brandileigh2003

    Well, if there weren’t arc’s then I don’t think there would be as many book bloggers to begin with honestly.
    And I would be broke, or hardly not reading.
    I don’t consider myself a big blog, but the majority of what I post is arc reviews because netgalley and edelweiss feeds this money deprived stay at home mom’s reading addiction.
    But, I think I would still blog because I discovered book blogs and many more ya titles because of the “what to read after Twilight” posts. My local library and friends who’d read Twilight– to be honest their recommendations sucked and did not help me.
    To be the voice of dissent, even for INT bloggers, they may not get a lot of physical copies, but I wonder how many arc’s from netgalley, tours, etc. (not judging at all because I know some of above bloggers do mostly do older books, etc)
    And I agree with Kimba, ebooks have stretched what I’d normally pick up, but in general I think that blogs did that too.

    • Alise

      That thought crossed my mind too. Although I think a large majority just love books, period, I’ve seen a few things that made me realize how big ARCs are for some people. Yeah, the money is a big issue a lot of other people mentioned as well. I don’t mind ARC reviews at all, I actually almost prefer them because it lets me know what I should spend my limited budget on. Great post about International bloggers, my co-blogger is in AUS and she would definitely agree with you. It’s tough.

  22. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I don’t get a lot of physical ARCs, and I didn’t discover NetGalley until about 2 years ago, so I think my blog would go back to reviews of library books and other books that are already published, like I did before. I’d probably review more “older” books than I do now — by which I mean older than a year old. I might also have more time for thoughtful posts about reading, books, and the publishing industry. I don’t know how much it would affect my views, to be honest. I hope people read my reviews because I put thought into them, not just because I often (but not always) review upcoming books.

    • Alise

      That’s what I think, too. I do think that it would be nice to go back to that sometimes, especially with all the books on my shelves just sitting there. Ah, yep. Content. That’s my hope too!

  23. finley jayne

    -If ARCs didn’t exist, how do you think your blog would change? Not at all, because I don’t participate in ARCs, or any other sort of book-review exchange program.

    -How do you think “big” blogs would change? As a reader I’d actually prefer it if bloggers didn’t do so much with ARCs-soooo many book blogs review the same books, at the same time, and it gets a bit (ok, a LOT) repetitive. Most times its ARCs that they’re reviewing. I actually skip reading ARC reviews most of the time. There’s nothing wrong about new releases, but if you have 20 book blogs, and 15 of them are posting reviews for the same ARC book, it gets old.

    -Do you think your blog would have as many readers? I’m a newer blogger yet, and my numbers have steadily grown since I started (just hit the 100 follower mark this past week yay :)). I only read/review library books, across the genre spectrum, and I also try and read a good mix of newer/older books. I have a niche and so far, I’ve gotten really positive feedback about the kinds of books I review.

    -Would you continue to have motivation to blog as much? I started my blog to be part of the book blogging community, and then for the possible monetizing options down the road (including an advertising platform for the book I’m currently writing). Free books was never a part of the equation :)

    Great post today! I know I’m the odd one out here, because I don’t do ARCs and I have no interest in them. I have my niche and I’m rolling with it :D
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    • Alise

      Not many bloggers avoid the ARC party, so your opinion is definitely interesting! I’ve always worried about the repetitive ARC reviews thing. It’s tough, because we all kind of have to review the book in a certain time frame and then it’s inevitable that there are repeat posts through the community. I wish there were some way to avoid that. I tend to post about a month later than I’m supposed to hoping that kind of helps. Congrats :D I think that’s great, not only because it’s such a wide variety but that also means you are trying new things! Thanks! It’s good to be the odd one out sometimes.

  24. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Even though this is a very serious topic, the use of SpongeBob gifs cracked me up. hehehehe. Personally speaking, I know I’d still be reading and blogging because I’ve always had an issue with BUYING ALL THE BOOKS and not having enough to to read them all. I was also reviewing books years before I started my blog and getting arcs through Goodreads so maybe I’d still be doing it that way. I feel like the bigger blogs would be hit the hardest because most of them rely on advanced reviews to create buzz. A lot of them don’t even read older books at all so they would be hugely impacted. That being said,I wouldn’t be discovering nearly as many new releases or up and coming authors as I do now, which would be sad. And who knows, maybe we all would be hit with less readers, and less content! I love how thought-provoking this topic is, awesome post ^^
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    • Alise

      Haha, glad to hear that! ;) Such is the life of me at 2am. That’s a good point I think a lot of people forget-we survived without ARCs before blogging and most blogs started out just reviewing like that. I think so too. I didn’t even think about the new releases/authors! It would be sad :( Thank you! :D

  25. Meredith

    I don’t think my blog would be impacted that much, because I am just starting to receive advanced reading copies. Plus, I have a lot of books that are on my shelf that I haven’t read yet, so I probably would read those until I could buy some more. The “big” blogs would definitely feel the impact, because they wouldn’t be able to spit out reviews like they do now. My blog would probably still have the same amount of readers, because like I said before I’m only starting to receive advanced reading copies. Most of the books I have written a review for are either from the library or books that I have purchased. I feel like I would still be motivated to blog mainly because of the community. Receiving ARCs are just an added bonus. The friendships that are made in the book community is what sold me to start blogging. I haven’t been disappointed, so I will/would keep blogging.
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    • Alise

      Good point. Most of us have a lot of books on our shelves that we forget about, it would be great to almost have to read them, ha. It would be a good push. That’s an excellent way to think about it :)

  26. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    Honestly the only way it could actually affect me is because I would have to wait for books to come out, like… *whispers* normal people do. *GASP*. THE HORROR! I’d also go potentially broke, because I have tons of arcs and if I were to buy them all… *shudders*. Please let’s never imagine this scenario again.
    Although I do love those Spongebob gifs…
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    • Alise

      Aha xD Broke *and* sad because I seem to be having the worst luck with arcs lately and not liking them. To imagine spending that much money on something you don’t like… phew. Thanks :D

  27. Kate @ Fictional Thoughts

    I would probably go to the library even more often – as it is I’m already there twice a week!
    I always feel honoured when I get the opportunity to review a book from a publisher. And I do try to read and review them all in a reasonable time frame. I don’t get as many as the big blogs but I get enough that it would impact my blog if they didn’t exist. I would have to borrow/buy more books and I doubt I’d be as motivated to post my reviews as often as I do.
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    • Alise

      Haha, I know what you mean. I tried to tone it down to like once every two weeks but that isn’t working out too well. Me too! Although that sometimes doesn’t work. I’m terrible at time management.

  28. Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)

    Hahaha this post was AWESOME!!! If ARC’s didn’t exist I don’t think my blog would change at all. I mean sure I receive and review ARCs, but I also read tons of books that are already out… and I’m a library junkie. I blog because I love to read and I could care less about ARCs.
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    • Alise

      Thank you :D
      I borrow 70% of the books I review from the library so my thoughts on the issue are pretty similar to yours.

  29. Wendy Darling

    Hah, this is hilarious. :)

    Honestly, if ARCs didn’t exist, it might make my life a lot easier. What I love best about ARCs is that they come so much sooner than the regular publishing schedule, and as a booklover, YAY!

    But the pressure of reading stuff, of reviewing under a microscope…that I wouldn’t miss. Also, I spend so much money on shipping books for prizes or to share with friends and buying books anyway, that the cost probably balances out as well.

    But you know, before I ever got ARCs, I reviewed books that I purchased or got from the library, so I would probably/maybe still do that if ARCs all got pulled someday. I think that’s how most us us (who aren’t just in it for free books) got started anyway!
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    • Alise

      Thanks :)

      True! They definitely have their perks and are one of the best things you could give an obsessed book lover, ha.

      Exactly. That is my number one peeve as well, the pressure and deadlines.

      That’s what I was thinking too. It would just be like going back to the beginning.

  30. Andreea

    Great topic. And love those gifs as always.

    I don’t think my blog would change that much because I don’t review too many ARCs since I don’t get that many (I like in Germany and very few US publishers are willing to send them to me. When I was still living in New York I used to get tons of them, even though I didn’t request 80 % of them). And here in Germany, we get ARCs too, but they don’t send them out months before publication, usually just two weeks before. But since they’re translations of the US editions, they can’t really be considered ARCs, at least they’re not interesting for my US visitors since the books have already been out in the States by the time the German editions come out.

    Anyway, I would still buy tons of books even if ARCs wouldn’t exist, so my blog wouldn’t change that much I guess:)
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    • Alise

      Thank you :)

      Ah, international blogging. I can definitely understand that. Two weeks! That would be kind of hard to read them in time, especially if you had a few.

  31. Kirsty-Marie


    I don’t think it would affect me much, mines small, and I get some. I don’t get all the ones I ask for, and then I buy them. The only thing that it would affect is my poor bank account. Because my library is crap and icky and I have issues with it. AND THE WAIT. The wait would kill me. I only used to read 50 pages a day so I’d stop finishing a book so quickly because I wouldn’t know what I would read next. I mainly post early reviews, but I read and review my own books too, I just keep them for when I don’t have any to post on certain dates.

    I don’t think it would change any of the big blogs either, you’re there for their opinion on books. But, then again, you mainly look at the ARC reviews to see if you’d like the book or not. It would affect the promotion more so, I guess.

    I started reviewing because a lot of others helped me buy books. I’d just randomly buy based on the blurb, and waste a lot of money on books I didn’t even like. So yup, I’d still blog.
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    • Alise

      Aw :( I’m really lucky because I have an amazing library but it sucks that yours is like that. Definitely can understand about the wait. Ha, that’s what I do too :D Yeah, bigger blogs are great for promoting books because they have such a large audience.

  32. Parajunkee

    I used to read ARCs the moment they were placed in my hand. Not so much anymore. I like to write reviews for around the release date, week before, week after, so I tend to read in that order…so really if ARCs didn’t exist I think it might make my life a little easier…because there wouldn’t be as much pressure to get it done at a certain time. Yes it is nice to get a hot ARC and read it a million days before release, but half the time no one even cares about those reviews but other book bloggers that are dying to get the ARC – so I get very little hits on those reviews. Most of the time, I get higher views on already released books where others can join in on the conversation because they read the book also.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, ARCs take precedence over my own books a lot of the time. The pressure with the deadlines is my least favorite thing about ARCs, I think. Exactly! That’s the same thing I’ve found too, more people who want to discuss.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  33. Tanja

    This is a really good point. I mean nothing much would change on my blog though, but on my to-read list for sure. Only think that would suffer the most would be my wallet, as there would be no pre-order discounts that much for me. I usually pre-order some books people loved :) But yeah let’s hope this never happens. Great post :)
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    • Alise

      Yep, the money. I do that too! I actually base a lot of what I’m going to read or buy next on ARC reviews by my friends so without that, I would never know what I’m getting into! Thanks!

  34. Jennifer

    Loved those gifs! Omg they were hilarious and I tried to not laugh so much as to not wake up my parents… First, I don’t think it would affect much my blog. A lot of our content is from already published books. Second, big blogs could still be big blogs because, even without ARCs there would still be published books and people woulds still want to read about them, and so big blogs still have the spotlight… lol My co-owned blog has a small reader stat that’s steady, that read from ARC reviews and published ones too. So I don’t think that would change much, I think.

    When it comes to motivation, maybe it would change. I love reading books before anyone else does, from undiscovered gems to anticipated ones, just for the thrill of it. Like being a bad kid but not actually doing anything bad. I would read books for the heck of reading and being entertained. I think back to before the blog and reviews and can’t possibly imagine reading different from now. It’s like I could read anything from bad to good and still not give much thought to it like now. Though ARCs can sometimes be stressing, they’re really cool at times and have motivated me to read even more quantities of books, and help me discover indie books that can be as good as best-selling ones. So, I think maybe my blogging might have been affected a lot. My reviews would be shorter, or maybe non-existen, resulting in no Blog at all. Talk about domino effect xD

    Thanks for the awesome post :)
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    • Alise

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! My job here is done then ;D That’s pretty much the consensus. People would definitely adapt, and I don’t think it would affect posts as much. I think it would mostly be marketing and such that would change. That, and me definitely being pickier on what I chose to buy, ha.

      Exactly. Great point. I love that feeling too ;) I don’t think I would trade in ARCs for the benefits of getting rid of them, I think they bring a lot more to the table than they take away. I think my reviews would be more like discussions, since a lot of people would have read the book since there are no ARCs to wait for.

    • Alise

      Baha xD That would be my solution as well-like I don’t visit there enough already, ha. My library won’t take ARCs for some reason :/ Yeah!

  35. Romi Foster

    Only very occasionally do I get advance-reader-copies, right now, so I don’t think it would affect me too much, and even without review copies at all I don’t think I would stop blogging, because I really like creating a conversation around books. I think it’s really enjoyable and important!
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  36. Teddyree

    Cute, funny gif post for a great question. I don’t think it’d affect me or my blog too much. I’m a very eclectic reader and I probably only review 1 ARC per fortnight, after 6 years blogging/reviewing I’ve become quite a selective fusspot lol. I’m sure I’d miss the ARC’s but I love the library and hey I’d finally make a considerable dent in my 800+ TBR mountain haha
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  37. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    Haha, this was an awesome post! I love all the Spongebob gifs! Let me answer your questions, though:

    If ARCs didn’t exist, how do you think your blog would change?
    There will probably be slight changes, because we now don’t just focus on ARCs, but books that have been released already and discussion posts, and even free swag! We’re branching out as we don’t want to be too boring, and there are other ways to interact with your readers and followers.

    How do you think “big” blogs would change?
    The established blogs would probably be changed a lot, because from what I noticed, a lot of them focus on pre-release promotions. And a lot of them have a lot of ARC giveaways, so if you take away ARCs, those popular giveaways would go away. This is just conjecture, though, and I only follow very few big blogs, so my opinion is only based on those I know! :)

    Do you think your blog would have as many readers?
    I truly hope so! Honestly, it’s not the ARC reviews that get a lot of hits, it’s actually the discussions and the ones that have already been released because there will always be more people googling reviews before buying an already-released book.

    Would you continue to have motivation to blog as much?
    Definitely! ARCs are not the be-all end-all means to a successful blogging career! :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you :3

      That’s great, and I agree! I try to have a mix of reviews as well. I think a large majority of a blog’s focus might switch to content, and maybe we would see some more discussion posts.

      That’s also what I’ve noticed. It goes hand in hand because ARCs really need that large scale promotion to really get the word out. It would be interesting to see how they would change.

      YES. The most popular posts are the ones a lot of people can relate to or understand, which like you said, are older books and discussion posts. Plus more people have read the book and might want to discuss it.

      I agree :)

  38. Maida

    OMG! I love love love this post! :D An honestly I don’t think I would have any major problems with no ARCs! I think ARCs are such a great way to not only connect with bloggers, but also share our thoughts and feelings with the rest of the non-blogging but book-obsessed people in the world. However, at the same time, if there were no ARCs, I’d like to think I would still get attention from the amazing people who already comment on my blog even if the book wasn’t an ARC. Big blogs would probs still remain big, as they can review published books and still get the same response. I’m not making much sense (LOL) but my point is even though ARCs are like precious treasure (Lords of the ring refernce! HAHA! I can’t believe I did that!) and they give bloggers an opportunity to get their most anticipated reads in their hands, it wouldn’t be a major blow to blogs or bloggers if they didn’t exist.

    Love this post and that you asked all these question! Thanks for creating such a fun conversation, Alise! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 
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    • Alise

      I definitely agree with everything you just said. Blogs wouldn’t change all that much. I think reading and buying habits might but just like you said, it wouldn’t be a major blow to blogs. I think a more interesting question would be, what would ARCs do without bloggers? :P Haha

      Thank youuuu :D

    • Alise

      I know the feeling :) It’s so cool when you get that “accepted” email or something shows up in the mail.

  39. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I have to admit that I like getting books for free. It’s not so much getting them before they’re released as the free thing – What can I say, I’m cheap! (I don’t mind buying books for my kids to read because I’m helping develop their love of reading – but books for me? I have a harder time justifying the expense.)
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    • Alise

      I have the exact same mindset as you, I only buy books I am like 90% sure I’ll love. The rest are from the library or if I was lucky enough to get an ARC.

  40. A Canadian Girl

    Hmm, interesting question. If ARC’s didn’t exist, I’d have to wait until the book is released – the horror! – and so wouldn’t be able to post early reviews of a book. I don’t think this would really affect my motivation to blog though because I’ve always been a reader and love being able to share my opinions on different books.
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  41. Julie S.

    Great topic! But, since I’ve stopped trying to accept most review requests, I typically only review books I’ve read myself for whatever reason. So it wouldn’t change my way of blogging right now, and it might reduce all that “I blog for free books because that’s why people blog” attitude some people have. But I think ARCs have a purpose and deserve to be respected and enjoyed.
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    • Alise

      Thank you! I’m thinking about starting to do that, it’s just hard not to request all the pretty ARCs ;) I agree! It would be very interesting to see who would stay and who wouldn’t.. Yes!

  42. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    Hmm I’d still buy as many books as I do now. But I probably wouldn’t review as many books because then that added pressure of “oh my I received this book for free now I HAVE to review it” would be gone so then I’d read a bit more lackadaisical and heck I’d probably even enjoy it more.

    I think the community would still survive but there wouldn’t be as many of us because I think some people only get into book blogging for the free books.
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    • Alise

      Right? That’s what I was thinking too. It would kind of be nice, you know? It would almost be like before we starting blogging and almost liked reading more, ha.

      Yep. The amount of people who I’ve seen say that is kind of crazy.

    • Alise

      “There would also be a lot less hype upon release and people would be scrambling to buy more books I think.” Yep. Someone mentioned the Harry Potter releases and I think it would be kind of like that, where you almost waited in line to get a book that was hyped up and you were really excited for. Plus I wonder if there would be competition to see who could review that book first :/

  43. Fivezenses of Reading

    If we lived in an alternate universe of no ARC’s, what would if be like for me?…. Eh haha, I don’t know. Maybe that special feeling one gets when one we requested or a random book shows up that is yet published, arrives at our doorstep. I know I felt that way when I received “Shatter Me”. Won it in a contest.

    Spoilers would be gone. Big name bloggers would have to work just as hard as the little guys. More people would have time to read books from a library or even spend time borrowing books! DUN DUN DUN!

    It would be like Blockbuster for books in this day in age when you think if ARC’s didn’t exist. I wonder if anyone born before 1990 would remember this place. I know I sure as heck do :)
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    • Alise

      Yes! It’s one of the best feelings, I love it.

      I think that would cut down on a lot of things being spoiled as well. Yes, more books from our own shelves or the library for sure.

      It was Family Video for me (even older) but I also know Blockbuster. Borrowing books would be a much bigger thing, for sure.

  44. Sarah P.

    Those GIFs! Haha. Honestly, I think it wouldn’t affect me that much. I receive ARCs, but I do buy my own books all the time. One thing is for sure though, we will all have to wait for a certain book to come out. I think that’d be more fun. There would also be less spoilers and less hype. I’d definitely keep on blogging because I really don’t blog for the ARCs, I blog to share my love for reading. I’d probably be broke in the end, but I don’t care. :)
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    • Alise

      I think it could be fun too! It would go back to the times like with the Harry Potter books and the release became a huge group event. Definitely would be interesting. For sure :)

  45. Tamie

    Hmm…. how would my blog change?
    Well, seeing as how maybe I have half a dozen books I have specifically requested and/or been offered in exchange for a review (not counting those won on the likes of Goodreads giveaways), only two or three arcs in my to-read/to-review list (and these would be the Goodreads winnings, NOT the ones I’ve specifically requested), and well over a hundred books I have bought over the years that I want to review, I’d say it probably wouldn’t change my blog all that much.

    Like I mentioned in a comment elsewhere, I have so many books on my to-read and to-review lists that publication date ceases to matter to me. Maybe once I’ve cut down on those lists somewhat, but I doubt it.
    If I’m offered a copy, I might try to drop my current title so I can give the offered title a fair go (though I’ve failed even at that), but otherwise books I request fall under the same heading as books I’ve bought as far as reviewing priority goes.
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