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Your old ARCs?

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Nov 9, 2012, 4:39pm

I review books for Library Journal also have won several Early Reviewers ARCs too. I have amassed quite an impressive collection (I'd estimate I have nearly 50 ARCs). I originally planned on keeping them all (as keepsakes, plus, hey they are kinda cool) but now I'm being more selective with the ones I want to hang onto (especially ones that might be collectible, like some of my Stephen King galleys). I'm not planning on quitting reviewing books for LJ so I know I will accumulate more.

I was just curious what others do with their old ARCs? I guess I could donate them, I just don't know if my local book stores/public library could even resell them.

Edited: Nov 9, 2012, 6:03pm

I give them to a friend if I think they'll particularly want/enjoy the book, or donate them to the Friends of the Library. I wait until the publication date, though.

Nov 12, 2012, 1:31pm

I can't part with mine! I absolutely love them.

Nov 12, 2012, 5:49pm

I was in a bookstore that gave away ARCs, one for every so many books purchased. I thought that was a great idea - don't know if it is "legal". I kept mine till I ran out of room, now donating them to library.

Nov 13, 2012, 12:55pm

No, no one can sell an ARC.

If I liked the ARC a lot, I keep it. Otherwise, I donate it to the library's FREE bin. Most libraries have a FREE bin.

Nov 13, 2012, 12:58pm

mkboylan, sure it's legal. Publishers give the ARCs to bookstores to give away.

Edited: Nov 13, 2012, 2:10pm

I believe the prohibition is against bookstores selling the ARCs in their retail establishments. I don't believe the publishers have the right to impose any conditions on anyone else to whom they send an unsolicited ARC. What if they sent me a huge 600-page book I didn't ask for with the condition that "you may not sell this or give this away or recycle it or throw it away, so there!"

Doesn't quite work that way..... :-)

Edited: Nov 13, 2012, 2:12pm

Thanks tech! Getting those ARCs made me want to go back the next day and buy more new books! (Like I didn't already want to.)

Nov 28, 2012, 8:30pm

If I love the book, I keep it. Otherwise, I recycle/donate it to an organization here in NY called Re-Lit. They give away free books for commuters. There's a drop-off box in Whole Foods.

Nov 28, 2012, 8:31pm

I give them away on my blog...

Nov 28, 2012, 9:58pm

^9 and ^10 -- both nice ideas! There's also the "Little Free Library" idea, although I suspect my homeowners association would not allow such a thing in our neighborhood. (For the record, I dislike the idea of homeowners associations, but there were no houses to be bought in this area that did not already belong to one.)

Edited: Dec 3, 2012, 1:02pm

>6 techeditor: Actually, publishers give the ARC's to bookstores so booksellers can read them and, if they like the book, recommend/handsell them to customers when the finished copy is published. Once the finished copy is out and if no one has taken the ARC to read, then stores sometimes give them away or donate them.

And, while they're not supposed to, I've seen a few independent bookstores over the years that sell their ARC's. Baen books (SF/Fantasy publisher) also sells ARC's of a number of their titles a couple of months before publication, under the theory that people will buy the finished copy, too (and I know first-hand that devilish, double-dipping trick works).

Edit: >6 techeditor: It occurred to me this morning that you may have been talking about the ARC's being given away to booksellers rather than customers (which is how I probably incorrectly interpreted what you wrote), so my apology for getting all know-it-all-ish if that's what you meant.

Dec 3, 2012, 2:50am

Back to the original question, I personally have accumulated many ARC's, mostly because I often haven't gotten around to reading the book, ARC or finished copy, so they're stacked in my guest room closet. Now, over the last couple of years, I've begun giving them away/loaning them (depending on whether I think I'll ever read them) to one of my tennis buddies and he sends the ones I give him to his brother when he's done reading them.

Some ideas for what to do with ARC's:
1) Send them in care packages to the military;
2) Donate them to an old age/retirement community where funds for books may be limited;
3) Give them to like-minded friends/relatives.

Dec 3, 2012, 8:40pm

I have donated some of mine (those I choose not to keep) to Habitat for Humanity. While they don't typically re-sell them per the legality of it, they can use the ARCs for housing insulation after they pulp them.

Dec 4, 2012, 12:44pm

It might also be possible to donate them to prisons -- I've heard before that prisons can take paperbacks but not hardcovers, so ARCs might be OK since they're essentially large paperbacks.

Dec 14, 2012, 8:51pm

There was a movement amongst #kidlit reviewers on Twitter to get publishers to okay donations to schools --basically because the current economic situation is squeezing many districts.

I also read that the homeless also love to get books. (And why shouldn't they be the same as us! :)

Dec 15, 2012, 3:14pm

I've seen people donate them to local teachers for their classroom libraries, or to women's shelters, etc.