Friday, April 17, 2009

What do you do with your ARCs...

...when you don't want them anymore/have no more room for them?

My answer: Some ARCs I do want to keep (like Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters or Diana Peterfreund's Rampant - esp. with the cover change)

But some I don't. And what to do? I have no idea. No libraries in my country (can you donate ARCs anyway?), carrying them back and forth to the US is unfeasible because they weigh more than finished books and books are heavy enough as it is, and finally, I can't even sell them because they have no commercial value.

So, I mean, what do I do? Recycle them?

This is why I prefer finished books.

*hands mic over to commenters*

28 comments:

Alea said...

Do you have a local charity that would take them? That would be my suggestion. That might be hard with the language different?

Liyana said...

Swap them to other readers at BookMooch? Or hold a contest. I mean, as a reader of your blog, I want those ARCs! :P

Reverie said...

ha! good question. I guess mooch them? Swap them? I don't know about you since you're in Brazil. That gets harder to answer.

interested in knowing what others think.

andrea jean said...

I believe that most libraries will NOT accept ARCs as donations. You could try donating to a school.

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

My local bookstore donates their ARC's to the prison (and to me!). You could also see if a hospital would be willing to take them if they have a collection. I pass on ARC's to other bloggers as well.

Steph said...

My problem with running a contest for them is that after writing this, people will KNOW I'm only giving these books away because I don't want them. I don't anyone to get the feeling they're only winning leftovers.

Lenore said...

Do they have English speaking clubs? International schools? That's where I plan to donate, once I get some time to organize a big drop.

Liyana said...

I don't think so. If it's in very good condition, and I don't doubt that, people will go for it.

Alea said...

Also, if you are giving them away you'll have to pay shipping etc. I don't think you should have to pay to get rid of them. I mean it's a nice idea to do giveaways but that will cost you a lot.

Steph said...

A, I'm considering the giveaway idea. If I offer it as a package -- only one winner -- that's like $2.50 I'll have to pay for media mail. Nothing terribly compromising, I don't think. (???)

Alea said...

I think that would be the best way to do it. Give them all away together and ship from the US. Agreed, you sold me! :D

Speaking of books/shipping, I send you a email about some V.C. Andrews you might be interested in! Let me know.

Amee said...

You tell me the titles and give me first pick! That's the way to go. :P

Laura said...

Children's hospitals will take them off your hands. Try shelters (homeless, battered women's shelters where there are teens)

Or just leave them throughout the city? like book drop?

Ronni said...

I'll take 'em off your hands. Will even chip in for shipping if you'd like. :)

Mo from Unmainstream Mom Reads said...

I keep many of the ones I get, but when I don't want to keep any, I list them on BookMooch. Yes, I pay to ship them out, but I do get credits for other books out of the deal. I just have to remember to specifically say in the condition notes that it is an ARC, most people don't mind getting one.

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Steph!

I know lots of commenter are saying they don't want to give ARC's as contest, but what's the problem. When I accept an ARC, it is always with the knowledge it might be contest material. When it offered as a giveaway, always say it has been gently read by you, so everyone knows that it's a used copy. No problem. I buy used books all the time, why wouldn't I like to win one.

Dottie

Diana Peterfreund said...

Yeah, Rampant's ARC is totally collector's item now. LOL.

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*Heather* said...

I usually keep any and every book I get, but if it's an ARC of a book that I didn't care for very much, or one that I have a published copy of, I usually donate it to a used bookstore near where I live. They do a book exchange thing where if you bring in paperbacks, you get credit at the store for a quarter of what the books you bring in are worth. Like, if you brought in a book that cost $15.99, you'd get $4 credit to get a book from the store. They don't mind ARC's and always label them as such. And the books there are half the original price, so for people that don't have much money to spend but enjoy reading, it's a good place to go for books.

I don't know what else to do with them, but I only get rid of a couple a year, if that much.

A contest is a good way to go, though.

Bookworm said...

Here's what to do: give them to me! LOL. Maybe a contest? That could be expensive, too, though. Hmm....tricky.

shelburns said...

I'm like you. There are some I just want to keep, but others, I'm doing some different things with. Children's books and YA appropriate for my classroom, I'm saving for my students. YA not appropriate for 5th grade, I'm donating to Goodwill or homeless shelter, etc. Adult ARCs I pass on to others to read, or take to a shelter, etc.

It's not appropriate to give them to our libraries b/c they may have changes.

Paradox said...

My library has ARCs in circulation, just the same as other books. Maybe one of your local libraries would accept them. But of course, I'm sure the blogging community would love to see them in contests. Or donate them to a charity that will get them to deserving teens.

Rebecca Herman said...

If I like the book, or there's something about the ARC that makes it collectible (like a different cover, or a book that became really popular) I keep it. If I didn't really like the book, it will eventually get swapped on Bookmooch or given to a charity, but by the time I get around to swapping or donating them, they've usually been published for a while, because I can be pretty lazy about going through books to see what I'm not going to keep. I realized that an ARC I gave through Bookmooch recently, the regular paperback edition is already out of print!

Ashley said...

I work at a public library and I do not believe many public libraries will put an ARC in it's collection becauase a lot of times it is an uncorrected proof. But, you could contact whoever is in charge of donations, because they may still take the ARC and use it for prizes or giveaways during a summer reading program or teen event. Otherwise, I would give it to a local bookstore, Pages for Prisoners, or hold on to it until there is a book drive.

Melissa said...

I've had contests, done Book Mooch and tossed them in the recycle bin. But I think (at least for me) they're most appreciated when given to the LA teachers at school. They're always looking for books. :)

booklineandsinker said...

i'm an arc hoarder...i have scores of them and only lend out the ones i don't love. my two favorite arcs recently? pretty in plaid by jen lancaster and perfect fifths by megan mccafferty.

Liviania said...

I vote donate them to a prison. You might also check with a university humanities library - some specializing in modern literature may take ARCs.

Jodie said...

I also vote donating to a prison or what about giving them to your own school?

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