I was on Twitter earlier and I found a tweet from another book blogger mentioning how some people are selling their ARC copies on ebay that they received FREE from BEA 2010. I want to point out a few things to these people out there doing this.
ARCs clearly state on the covers that they are not to be sold. They are for review purpose and promotion only. I have spoke with people in the publishing community before on this and they even go as far to say that the larger publishing companies will take people to court for this. Now, maybe some people are new to the world of book blogging, but when it states it clearly on the covers that they are NOT to be sold, people should have some common sense.
This is why some publishing companies make it so hard for reviewers to obtain these sort of books to promote and review for everyone. Yes, I occasionally get jealous over other bloggers getting those coveted copies I have so desperately wanted, but to sell it on ebay for an outrageous price unethically is just wrong.
I live on the west coast and was unable to attend BEA 2010 because I just don’t have the money to travel back east. I am drooling at what everyone was able to obtain, but I understand as well that most of what I have drooled over are from other book bloggers who know that it is unethical to sell them. It frustrates me to no end to see people who attended BEA just because they live there and think they can sell them for a quick buck. Do you even realize how hard bloggers sometimes have to work to even achieve receiving one of those coveted copies? Do you even understand how bloggers who are unable to attend these functions feel already and this ruins there chances of receiving one for review in the future?
I am approaching my one year blog anniversary, and I have worked very hard to keep my blog honest and to where it is today. Now my blog may not be as huge and popular as other blogs, but I have let it grown honestly and with respect to the publishing companies. Believe it or not, those ARCs cost money to make and they come out of an authors earnings. Author’s do not receive money for those ARCs that are being sold on ebay. The publishing company is not receiving any money either.
I am sorry for ranting on my blog about this, but I wanted to put it out there. Yes, I want the publishers I work with to know that I DO NOT support ebay seller’s in this. I support the author’s and publishing companies in doing what is right with ARCs. I trade them with other bloggers, donate them to my local library and yes hoard them for keepsakes. I just wish other people would do the same.