Friday, December 21, 2012

Feature and Follow Friday: Dec. 21

Is it the post-apocalypse yet?  I was avoiding major sites for a good portion of the day, as I figured some virus or hacking of major proportions would occur in "honor" of the Mayan New Year (very easy to do when there was no internet for half the day thanks to a snow storm).  But it appears as though nothing happened, so let's go on with life and blogging, and get back into the swing of things with Feature and Follow Friday, hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

Q: What have you learned from book blogging that you didn't know before about the publishing industry?

I've learned something very important, actually.  ARCs, or advanced reading copies, do not go in library collections.  That's illegal.  As awesome as it would be to stock the shelves with free books, we librarians do also need to purchase the books, just like everyone else.  Publishers do like sending ARCs to libraries to encourage us to buy their wares, but after that, they need to be pitched in some cases, or used as giveaways.

Something I did know before blogging, though, is that ARCs are not the finalized versions of the books.  That's not just limited to fixing typos or cleaning up grammar.  One of my former bookstore coworkers loved to tell of how bestselling mystery novelist Tony Hillerman changed the ending of one of his books, from how it had ended in the ARC.

What do you do with your old ARCs?

I intend to blog more in the near future, complete with a couple reviews of YA problem novels. One's even set in Michigan, meeting my goal of reading/reviewing at least one Michigan-related book each month.


  1. Hello! I was not aware of ARCs when I started to blog either.
    You have a great blog btw! :)

    New Follower!

  2. Exactly, I was a little confused. NEW FOLLOWER. :)

  3. What a great answer. I bet people that have heard of ARCs may not know that librarians have to send them back or that even the story line can change. Thank you so much for stopping by my FF. New Follower :D

  4. Hi, from a new GFC follower.

    This meme is such a great way to find new blogs to follow! :)

    1. Thank you! Might I suggest linking to your blog when you go hopping through? I had trouble finding your blog. :)

  5. I have learnt so much about book blogging, i didn't realize just how people are into it and now i'm hooked!! :-o)

    Hopping on thru follow my link below
    "BookShelves Of Dreams"

  6. Hi there. I didn't know that about ARCs...makes sense though.

    New GFC Follower

    Bookworm Brandee