Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is a newish feature on my blog. If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I put a big emphasis on interaction and discussion and my favorite posts are the ones with a lot of interaction. I also like a good healthy debate where opinions are shared and respected. You may also know that I like talking about random bookish things. Put all of that together and you get my inspiration for this new feature. Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind!
Last week we discussed self-published novels. The majority of people voted thumbs down but there were quite a few advocates of self-published novels sharing compelling arguments. This week is all about ARC tours.
If you aren’t familiar with ARC tours I’ll brief you on them real quick. Basically ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) are donated by either another blogger, an author or a publisher and then bloggers sign up to be part of a chain of bloggers that pass the ARC on. There is a certain time frame in which the book needs to be read by and then you are required to write a review. So are you a fan of ARC tours or do you find them annoying? Do you participate in them or have you in the past? Tell me your experiences and opinions!
My Opinion: I can’t really give a thumbs up or a thumbs down yet. I’ve been blogging about 5-ish months and I just signed up for my first ARC tour so I feel like I haven’t really formed an opinion about them one way or another. Sometimes I get a little weary of seeing so many reviews on one book because of ARC tours but in general I think it’s probably a good way to get coveted ARCs in the hands of many bloggers. I think the one downside is that if you LOVE the book you aren’t able to keep it. The other downside is the amount of time you have to keep it (about a week in most cases). You don’t get any control over WHEN it comes so if you recieve the book during a crazy or inconvenient week, then you are just out of luck!
Check out Melanie’s list of ARC tours. I was too lazy to write out a list for you all. Why reinvent the wheel when somebody else did the work :P
Let’s take it to a vote!