So blogger peeps, does receiving advance copies affected your book buying habit?

So blogger peeps, does receiving advance copies affected your book buying habit?

When I started blogging, I really have no idea what an ARC was all about. But when I saw people mentioning sites like Netgalley and Galley Grab (which I really, really miss), I was really, really interested. I got to read advance copies in exchange for reviews? Yes, please. But when I read their guidelines, you could say I was intimidated. Very much so. For professional reader? That’s sounds so…well, professional and I’m definitely not that. But I pulled my wits together and decided to give a try. And I request, after request, after request. And like the old folks will say, the rest is history.

So fast forward to today, I’ve been very lucky when it comes e-galleys. I’m auto-approved by Harper Collins and Harlequin with their titles. I mean that sounds like ball, right. Simon and Schuster is also nice to approve me some of their titles (if only Galley Grab was still here, I really like their process ^^; ). Macmillan, too. Even the most elusive Penguin sometimes (once in a bluuuueeee moon) approved me (although most of the time they reject me, haha). I love receiving ARCs, I know they’re for marketing purposes but I liked that I get to try the book before purchasing it. If I don’t like it then it’s ok. It’s going to expire anyway. But if I love it, I’m gonna buy it. It is also why I find e-galleys convenient (not that I don’t like to receive print copies). I just still hugely prefer finished copies displayed on the shelves. :heart:

But I noticed how receiving ARCs affected my book buying habit. I noticed the shelves at home, most of books are Harper Collins titles. Being auto-approved with them means I read most of their titles. I review most of their titles. And buy from mostly their books. I was like, “hmmm , I guess I’m not the only benefitting from these strategy.” It’s sorta mutually beneficial (more on me though! :yesyes: ). Because I thought “hey, free books!” It’s always tempting to download all the galleys every time Harper updated on Edelweiss. And because I downloaded those, it means I get to read, review and if I like it, eventually buy the books. But that’s my own experience. Now, I wonder if a blogger who receives titles from several publishers. How does it affect his/her book buying habit?

So blogger peeps, does receiving advance copies affected your book buying habit? How so? Care to share it with me?

12 Responses to A little dent on my book buying habit.

  1. Receiving review copies from several different publishers affects my book buying habits in two main ways:

    1. I get to read a book that I may have purchased down the line, but I pay for it with my time instead of my money (because, really, that’s how I see getting review copies. Sure, we don’t pay money for it, but we have to read the book, and then write a review, and then share it across social media etc. It takes quite a bit of time to do that!). And, to be honest, I’d rather pay with my time. Especially if it’s a book I’m keen on, but that I probably wouldn’t buy to read – rather, rent it from the library or something.

    2. I get to find the books I love, and THEN spend my money on it. I like the try-before-you-buy kind of aspect of review copies, because I don’t have endless amounts of money to buy ALL THE BOOKS I ever want to read. And when I read a review copy of a book and end up LOVING it, then I know that when I buy the final copy, it’s something I really love, and that I will read again. I’ve actually done this a few times! I like owning he things I love, so I always buy final copies of ARCs that I really loved ^.^

    As for certain publishers, I don’t think I have a larger collection for one than another, because I read across them all! And I also don’t take a LOT of notice of who publishes the books I buy XD But as for galleys, Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins seem to love me, god bless. ;D

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It’s not completely free, no? We spent time reading & reviewing the book. And time is gold! ;D That’s what I like about ARCs; that aspect that I get to try it first.

  2. Alice says:

    I think it does, because I read less of what I’d really like to.
    I don’t often request an ARC, I dabble with BookBridgr and that’s about it. I tried NetGalley a couple of years ago, but I found to changed how I read and I wasn’t reading much that I enjoyed.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      You’re right! Sometimes I downloaded galleys I didn’t even know but still did because I got excited (which happens a lot) it tend to become a chore afterwards. :X

  3. Kezia says:

    I used to request ARCs and I was lucky to get approved for some of them. Nowadays, I don’t do that anymore because I feel pressured to read and review them before the expiration dates and you know that I haven’t been the most diligent reader or reviewer. I do agree with Chiara though, that if you read a lot of ARCs, it’s definitely easier to decide which books are worth buying. 🙂

  4. I agree with Alice in that having ARCs sometimes prevents me from reading what I want to, because I have review copies that need to be read and reviewed by a deadline, so I’m sort of forced to read them first. And it doesn’t help that I have little to no self-control when it comes to requesting galleys. I HAVE WAY TOO MANY NOW SOMEONE HELP.

    Having so many ARCs to read also means that I buy less books these days, to be honest. I already have so many waiting to be read on my Kindle, so my conscience wouldn’t let me rest if I went and bought some more, haha. I guess that’s good, in a way, because I get to save money. But I miss checking out books at the bookstore at the same time!

    • Mitchii G. says:

      That deadline is the pressure for me not really the reading the book aspect. For someone who is a moody reader, due date is my worst enemy! 😛

      I love strolling the bookstore even though I go out empty handed. xD

  5. Leah says:

    I don’t think ARCs have affected my spending habits at all. If anything, it’s done more to change my reading habits! As a goal for 2015 I’ve decided to get back into older titles and books I already own – ARCs and e-copies can put so much pressure on bloggers and sometimes I feel they’re all I read.

    One thing I’ve noticed is that, now that I’m paying more attention to publishers – especially imprints – I tend to gravitate to certain houses, whereas before blogging, I would read whatever sounding good. Not that I don’t do that still, but there’s a better chance I’ll end up loving a book if it’s from x publisher.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Once review copies accumulated and we realize the responsibility, we become aware of the pressure it really has.

      I do too, not really a heavy point but knowing the publisher weighs something in my decision. 🙂

  6. Shannelle C. says:

    I wish I could be auto-approved like you! I get denied by Harper for everything.

    And as much as I wish I could buy all the books I loved as eARCs, I can’t. My mom’s strict on my book buying habits, but I will try to buy the books that I loved! I plan to buy The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, if I can.

    Another thing I love about eARCs is if I didn’t like it, there’s no waste on my part! I don’t have to deal with the agony of being in a bookstore and trying to figure out whether the book had enough great reviews or not.

  7. Mitchii G. says:

    Harper used to often reject me from the past. But I decided not to take the rejections by heart. But every time they approved me, I made sure I reviewed it on time. Maybe that was why they approved me. Harper is one of the nicest publishers out there. They answered my questions, even simple ones.

    Yeah, the part that you get to try it first makes me like ARCS.

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