My Experience Reviewing E-book vs Print ARCs

Hello friends! Today I want to discuss something that I’ve noticed. I have reviewed 90% of my e-arcs, but only 23% of my physical arcs! I started thinking hard about why there was such a big difference between these 2 formats. And honestly, I realized that the big difference for me is NetGalley.

See, we all know that I struggle to write reviews, which means that unless there’s something that forces me to write a review, it’s highly unlikely that I’ll write one on my own. It’s a classic example of Newton’s First Law: “An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by an external force.” And for me the external force is the NetGalley feedback ratio.

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Except in this case, the NetGalley feedback ratio made me do it

I primarily use NetGalley as my source of all e-arcs, and being a perfectionist, I have a dream of one day reaching a NetGalley ratio of 100%. This is made difficult by the fact that when I first started using NetGalley, I was not involved in the blogosphere, and therefore didn’t read helpful posts like this one that could advise me on how to use the site. This meant that I got accepted for a bunch of books I wasn’t really interested in or had no plans of reviewing. At some point I cleaned up most of the backlist books on there, but I still have 3 backlist books from over five years ago that I hope to get to soon. But I’m getting off topic.

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Wanting to keep my NetGalley ratio high and knowing that publishers can directly see my review gives me the motivation I need to write a review, even if I have nothing to say about a book. The knowledge that I was only given this book so I could review it makes me feel obligated to write that review, and as a side benefit I get to see my ratio go up!

I want to briefly mention Edelweiss for a moment, since that’s the other e-ARC platform that I’ve used. This website doesn’t have a ratio system (that I know of) and that has definitely kept me from caring as much about how timely my review is. I know that it’s terrible of me, but I’ve only gotten approved for 3 books through this site, although these books were ones that I desperately wanted to read. However, as of now I’ve only reviewed one of the two books that already came out. And that second unreviewed book came out in 2019! (I’m working on forming a mini review for it. This post is my motivation. Hold me to it!)’

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This motivational penguin shall help me write my overdue review

To be fair, I’ve learned that I really don’t like the file format that Edelweiss e-ARCs come in. For some reason the way the ARC is set up lessens my enjoyment of the book. Plus, the e-ARCs expire on the release date, so if I have an overdue review, I can’t look back at the ARC to remind myself what I felt when I read the book. This is why my review of Take a Hint, Dani Brown will probably go up a little bit after the release date, since I’m going to wait until I have a physical copy to read. I started reading the e-ARC, and while I was enjoying it, the formatting was frustrating me, and I felt that if I continued I’d end up rating the book lower just because the reading experience was not what I wanted.

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And for me the full experience only happens with physical ARCs

Now let’s talk about print ARCs. I tend to get these through giveaways or at book events. So I feel as though there’s no accountability if I don’t review them. I’ll read them, rate them, maybe discuss them in a wrap up or tag, but I don’t feel the obligation to write a formal review. In a way I like this method a lot better.

If you’ve read any of my discussion posts, or even any of our recommendation pots or tags, you know that I have no problem gushing over the books I love. I mean how many times have you heard me gush about Sick Kids in Love? That was a print ARC I received that I loved, and therefore made it my mission to promote that book.

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This has been me with Sick Kids in Love these past few months

But on the other hand there are a number of print ARCs that I disliked that I talk about for a bit in my wrap up, but don’t really mention otherwise. And I think this is for the better, because I’d hate to go on a rant about a book if there’s no actual need for me to do so, especially for books that are already underrated. If my problems are personal to me and don’t have to do with problematic content, then why would I write a ranty review about how I hated a book that no one has ever heard of? I’d much rather let the people that enjoyed the book boost it up.

Of course, if I’m part of a blog tour, or specifically requested a print ARC, I will review the book as promised! But if I haven’t officially made the agreement with a publisher to review a specific physical ARC, I don’t force myself to write one unless I feel the need to.

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Now I just want to take a moment to recognize my privilege. I know that there are many bloggers, especially those that live internationally, that would love to have a chance to get the ARCs that I do, both in e-book and physical form. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to get these ARCs, in either form, and I never meant to take advantage by requesting books and then not reviewing them. Now that I know my reviewing preferences, I plan on making a few changes.

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I think that I am going to stop requesting e-arcs. Instead I’ll request physical ARCs because that will keep me from just requesting every book I hear about that I’m remotely interested in. Forcing myself to write an email to the publisher will definitely ensure that the books I request are few and far between, and ones that I’ve researched well. Plus, at the time of writing this post I’ve never received an ARC from an email request, so that will definitely ensure that I don’t have very many ARCs that I need to review!

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Me drafting an email to publishers asking for an ARC that I really want

As for physical books that I get unsolicited or at events, I’m going to stick to my rule of only reviewing them if I want to. Maybe I’ll come up with a new kind of post idea to talk about these books that’s less formal than a review, but still gives me a chance to talk about them. If you hang around long enough, I guess you’ll find out!

What kind of ARCs do you prefer? Do you use NetGalley often? What was your favorite ARC that you received? Do you have any tips on emailing publishers?

47 thoughts on “My Experience Reviewing E-book vs Print ARCs

  1. Great post! I don’t really like ebooks so I don’t use Netgalley, but from everything I’ve heard about the dreaded feedback ratio it makes total sense that you’d try to review those more. I’ve reviewed all the ARCs I’ve gotten from publishers because those came from email requests and after I psyched myself out over rereading and rereading the email 10000x times before sending I treat those few books I get like solid gold haha. But I’ve gotten a few ARCs from Yallwest, so there was no agreement/interaction with the publisher there, so, like you, I only review them if I want to, so not all of them!

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    1. Thank you! 💕

      Yeah, NetGalley’s feedback ratio strikes fear into the heart of reviewers! Thankfully I’ve gotten my ratio to a point where I’m happy with it, so it doesn’t stress me out too much, but it still provides me with motivation to write reviews!

      Honestly, I think I’d freak out if I actually got a book that I requested via email. I just sent a few requests out a week or two ago and I just keep hoping that I one day get a package and have a chance to read and review the book I was sent! In that case I think I’d be overjoyed to write a review!

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t review all their physical ARCs! I know some people review all their ARCs no matter the source, so I’m happy that I’m not the only one who only reviews the books I was specifically given with the agreement that I will review them in exchange!

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  2. Great post! I’m the same that I didn’t understand the feedback ratio system when I first started using NetGalley. Some I never even downloaded and have since been archived so I will forever have a mildly tainted score, which I don’t believe to be completely fair but I also understand why they do it. The difference for me is I actually enjoy writing reviews – nothing better than a good rant about something. Even thought my book reviews literally take me hours to write there’s something rewarding about them

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    1. Thank you! ❤️

      I think NetGalley should come with a guide for people just starting out because I feel like everyone makes the same mistakes when they first get started on that site!

      I have a few books as well that I didn’t download or can’t get into in e-book form, and to be honest, I purchased some of them with the intention of reading and reviewing them, just to get my ratio up! It hasn’t happened yet, but I hope to get to at least one of the books I purchased for that reason.

      I’m so glad that you enjoy writing reviews! I don’t mind them as much when I love or hate a book, but when a book was mediocre I really struggle with what to say. I’m hoping to transform my reviews into more of a discussion based post based on one particular book because I think it’s the formality of reviews that keeps me from enjoying them.

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      1. Totally agree! I never even considered buying repurchasing to get my ratio up! I’ll definitely look into that!
        I struggle with reviewing meh books too. I always enjoy reading more conversational posts so I’m a bit biased but I love it as an idea. My reviews tend to be quite formulaic in layout but chatty in manner…at least I hope they are xx

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        1. I mean, right now it feels a little like a waste of money, since I haven’t read any of them yet, but once I read one I think I’ll be happier with my decision. I’d suggest only getting one at a time though, that way you’re not spending lots of money on these books for no reason.

          Meh books are just the worst! I’m not the biggest fan of reading reviews in general, but if they’re entertaining enough or about a book I’m interested in, I’ll make an exception. I don’t think I’ve really written any controversial posts. I’ve have written one rant review though, which I’m actually quite proud of. Weirdly enough, it might be my favorite review, but that might just be because I turned it into a discussion of sorts! I think I also tend to be really chatty (in all my posts), and I try to mention specific aspects in every review, but I don’t exactly have a formula. I dislike that kind of rigidity, personally, for my reviews.

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          1. I wrote a pretty controversial post about my thoughts on Harry Potter in a discussion post ages ago and it got a bit of backlash because everyone loves Harry Potter (I’m not mad keen on the books) but it’s still one of my favourite posts because at least I loved writing my opinions on it

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  3. Almost no one is willing to send me a print ARC or proof copy all the way to Israel, so I don’t get many of those at all. That means almost all of the books I review from print copies are backlist books. Interesting you find a difference between Edelweiss and NetGalley’s ARC copies. I’ve never noticed a difference, but maybe I wasn’t looking. Finally, again, because I live in Israel, NetGalley doesn’t let me request all the books on their catalogue (regional rights problem, I suppose), so I get many more via Edelweiss. As for reviewing them – I do have to say that when I have a print copy and I can put it next to my computer when I write the review, that does make it helpful to look things up, and having it right there in my line of vision is also motivating. That said, I could look things up on my kindle as well, but it isn’t as easy (I’m lazy).

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    1. I’ve heard how difficult it can be for international bloggers to get physical ARCs. I’m so sorry that your location impacts you in that way!

      I think I’ve only once reviewed a physical book that wasn’t an ARC, but that was when I first started blogging and didn’t know my post preferences yet. I think now instead of a review of a backlist book I’d make a discussion centered around that story if I felt the need to discuss a specific book on my blog.

      I’m very nit-picky with formatting. For NetGalley I can just read the books on my Kindle app, for Edelweiss I need to use a particular app that I dislike immensely.

      It sucks that all books aren’t available in every country through NetGalley! You’d think that the fact that it’s a e-ARC would make things easier, but I guess not. It’s interesting that Edelweiss doesn’t have that same issue though. I wonder why that is.

      I love being able to flip through a book to reference things, and look up the small details that I might have forgotten but want to make sure I mention in my review. I find it a lot more difficult to find those details in e-books, because sometimes I don’t remember the exact location. And I rarely remember the exact wording of a particular scene that I’m looking for, which makes it difficult to use the search function to find things.

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      1. Interesting. Maybe it is because I have a physical Kindle that I get my Edelweiss on it with no problems.

        I’m not sure if Edelweiss has a problem with me being in a not-normal country when it comes to getting accepted, but at least they don’t stop me from requesting ARCs. But I agree that it makes no sense to stop me from getting eARCs – I did a whole blog post on that a while back!

        As for the ease of using physical books when reviewing – I hear you. That’s why I sometimes take notes when reading an eARC.

        Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Oh, one last thing… I was thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to getting to 100% review on NetGalley, and then some publishers sent me a few widgets and there were a couple that actually let me request the books and I got accepted. Now I’m 98%.

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    1. 98% is still amazing! I believe the closest I’ve gotten to a perfect ratio was 94% although since I just got approved for another book right now I’m at 92%. In order to get to 100% I need to read 3 backlist books, and I didn’t realize, but one is a sequel, so that means reading 4 books in total.

      It’s not that much, but since I’m not that interested in any of those books anymore it will probably take me a while. I’m thinking of making it a goal for 2021 though, now that I won’t be requesting any new books from NetGalley. That way if I ever want to request books again, I won’t have those books hanging over me anymore, and I’ll have a 100% feedback ratio.

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      1. Of course, logic tells us that the minute you ask for a book and get accepted, your 100% rating will go down. But you should remember that even telling them that you’re not going to review a book is considered feedback, if you tell them why!

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    1. Keeping up with ARCs is really difficult! That’s actually a really smart method that you have in place. Having a deadline always helps me as well, but I wouldn’t want to have the responsibility of too many blog tours either! I’m glad that you’ve found something that works well for you though!

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  5. I’m actually opposite to you 😂 I way way prefer print and my netgalley ration is 80% but it still HAUNTS me. I sometimes even wait till my library gets it and then read/review that way. I really feel bad though and need to read more ebooks (or just stoppppp requesting them CAIT). I do like the motivation of the ratio though. I think Netgalley should give out stickers for good milestones. (Edelweiss just straight up denies me everything so I don’t even bother there 😂)

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    1. I think that if I were sent physical copies to review, I’d prefer those as well! But as of now the only books I have explicitly for review are e-ARCs.

      I really do feel as though the NetGalley feedback ratio was designed to give reviewers nightmares. I’ve done similar things with reading NetGalley books once they’re published just to get that ratio up there, since I prefer reading physical books! But NetGalley should definitely give stickers for milestones! The 80% badge is not enough! That ratio may provide motivation, but it should not have the power to stress me out as much as it does!

      Also, I had no luck with Edelweiss either until I read a post that detailed what I should put in my bio. Ever since then I get approved there (3 out of 4 times) even if NetGalley denied me already.

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  6. This is a great post! I find that I read physical books first. The ones I request are always most important. If I get a physical arc sent that I didn’t request, I may or may not read it. I probably review on Netgalley first and Edelweiss second. I think it’s the percentage thing. But I get way more books from Edelweiss. I like to go back and forth between earcs and physical books when I can. I’m not sure why, but it’s easier on my eyes to read a physical one.

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    1. Thanks so much! 💕

      I prefer reading physical books as well, but I prioritize reading my NetGalley e-ARCs before release date. All of the physical ARCs that I currently have were not sent to me for review, so I don’t think I’ve reviewed any of them, although I have definitely mentioned many of them on my blog in other ways.

      I’ve been having more success on Edelweiss as well, although I continue to prioritize NetGalley, like you, because of the feedback ratio.

      Since I enjoy physical books so much more, I try not to request too many e-ARCs that way I can read them when I’m in the mood and not feel overwhelmed with all the reviews I need to write. I also find that I can only read certain genres in e-book form, which also impacts which books I request from NetGalley and Edelweiss. All of my backlist NetGalley books that I requested before I knew my book format preferences, are genres that I’ve discovered I don’t process well when I try reading them as an e-book!

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  7. Great post! I have very few physical ARC but I received completed book from author for review until lock down and I review all books I receive. I love to write review so there wasn’t any problem with that but as you said books won in giveaways fall down the list of priorities because there is no deadlines.
    I use NetGalley. I was on Edelweiss but I didn’t enjoy browsing and requesting books there. NetGalley is user friendly. I achieved 100% ratio on NetGalley just before lock down and then I started receiving NetGalley blasts so now I’m buried under 17 books still need to read! My ratio never dropped from 80% from the beginning. I make sure I’m not requesting too many books.

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    1. Thank you!

      I have quite a few physical ARCs, but I got them all from giveaways or events, not from publishers for review. That’s amazing that you review all books that you receive from authors! I could never manage to write reviews for so many books! For me writing one or two reviews a month feels like a lot! But I’m glad to hear that you enjoy it! And yes, deadlines help me stay sane! They’re practically the only thing that can get me to write a review by a given time. Otherwise there’s no telling if or when I’ll review a book.

      I don’t enjoy Edelweiss either! I totally agree, NetGalley is way more user friendly! That’s amazing that you actually managed to achieve a 100% review ratio! I don’t know of anyone else who has managed to accomplish that! Good luck reading those new 17 books! I’m glad to hear that they aren’t impacting your ration too much, and I hope you enjoy them all when you pick them up!

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    1. Same! I definitely prefer physical books as well! I’ve also found that while I can read practically any genre in physical form, there are some genres that I just can’t read as an e-book! Classics, fantasies, and sci-fi just do not work for me as an e-book, but are absolutely fine in a physical form!

      I definitely also get distracted because I use the Kindle app on my phone to read by e-books. So anytime I get a notification while reading an e-book, I’m immediately drawn out of the story!

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  8. My Netgalley ratio OWNS me. It’s disturbing really, how a stupid little number controls me. But here we are. Not to be outdone though, I have never NOT reviewed a physical book I have requested. I think there was one book on Edelweiss that I never got to and I still feel shame about. BUT. If I didn’t request it specifically? Oh ALL bets are off, and that thing is likely never seeing the light of day. Whoopsie? I over-request, there is no question about it. But I always, always get it done. The sad part is, when I want to read a book I won or bought or got at an event or whatever, I rarely have time! And then when I do, like you, I only review it if I really liked it (or fine really hated it and want to yell about it hahah). I am probably due for some reviews like that soon, come to think of it!

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    1. Since I’m such a stats nerd, I can’t help but pay attention to that percentage! But I truly think that the NetGalley feedback ratio was designed to haunt reviewers.

      I am in awe of you right now! It pains me to write my three or four reviews a year, so the thought of reviewing as many books as you do sounds unmanageable. I actually just posted my overdue Edelweiss review today, so hopefully soon I’ll be all caught up on that site, and will only be left with NetGalley to tackle. And I’m receiving my first ARC for review from a publisher soon, but since it’s for a blog tour that I signed up for, I shouldn’t have a problem, especially since they want more of a discussion post from me, rather than an actual formal review.

      I don’t get unsolicited ARCs from publishers (since I don’t get physical ARCs from publishers in general) but I take my sweet time reading all my ARCs that I get from events like BookCon. I do usually get to them eventually, but rarely do I read them before the release date, and it’s even more rare that I review them!

      I get way too anxious when my TBR is over 40-50 books, so I try to keep my buying and requesting down which means that I’m usually pretty free to read whatever I’m in the mood of. So thankfully that means I get to read what I want most of the time, which is important for me as a mood reader!

      Is there any way for you to carve out a week or two where you just read what you want for a brief moment in time? I feel like it’s good to have some non-structured reading in one’s life every once in a while!

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  9. I just signed up for Netgalley a few days ago and I’m so grateful that by the time I did, there are lots of guide posts for the topic to help me through the process as well as telling me the dos and don’ts.

    As for my preferred arc, I’d like to think that I’m okay with both. It’s nice to get it balanced. But because it’s pretty hard to get my hands on the print one, I don’t really have much choice for that matter 😅

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    1. I really wish I had read those kinds of posts when I first signed up for NetGalley! I think my number one tip is just to be mindful of what you request, and remember that you’ll have to read and review every book you get accepted for. So assume you’ll get accepted for every book you request that way you never have more e-ARCs than you can manage!

      I’m fine with e-ARCs too, I just prefer physical ARCs. Although I have noticed that I cannot focus on certain genres in e-book form! But on the other hand I really enjoy reading romance as an e-book!

      And I’m very lucky to live in New York, so I have the opportunity to attend many book events where there are ARC giveaways. Otherwise I wouldn’t have very many ARCs either, since I don’t really receive physical ARCs from publishers.

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      1. Thank you for the tips and reminder! I’ll be sure to keep that in mind before I request for the e-ARCs 😊

        Yes, of course, nothing beats the physical copy of a book in your hands where you can flip through the pages and smell the papers! I have yet to find out which genre I read best in e-book form and which isn’t, but one thing I just realize is that it’s kinda hard for me to focus on contemporary books.

        It’s okay. We all have our own circumstances and as for me I’m content with receiving e-ARCs through NetGalley. It’s awesome enough to be able to have access to them, plus I don’t think I have enough space for more physical books at my place 😅

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  10. Netgalley is fatal, it’s way too easy to request books, but I do appreciate how the feedback ratio keeps me slightly accountable. I also have that when I request a book from an author directly (for self-pubbed stuff where they’re offering copies out to reviewers) because they made the effort to send it to me I should make the effort back. Also, self pubbed stuff need to the promotion online. I do hate how the formatting of some e-arcs puts me off reading though. I’ve actually started reading some books on my iPad, which I hate to do as it’s big and bulky to read with in bed, so I can at least download a copy on an app so it’s formatted as the book would be. It’s a way better reading experience. I don’t really like emailing publishers, I’m on a couple of mailing lists but I prefer e-arcs. They’re just easier for me to read.

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    1. NetGalley was definitely designed to torture reviewers! That site really needs to come with a mandatory, detailed guide before users are allowed to request books! But the feedback ratio is definitely a really good system for holding reviewers accountable by haunting their dreams unless they’ve reviewed enough books so that their ratio is high enough for their liking!

      I think that for any book I specifically request, it will definitely get its own post where I talk about it. Up until now I haven’t really received physical books that I requested, besides for books I received for blog tours or something of that sort. And I don’t really work with many self-published authors, which is a shame, because as you said, those books need online promotion and blogs are a perfect tool for that!

      I really dislike how there’s no standard formatting for e-ARCs. In order to be interested in picking up a book, I need to feel comfortable with the format I’m reading it in. And for e-ARCs this means that I’m more likely to drag out a book (and possibly give it a lower rating because of that) if the formatting is all messed up and difficult to read. I read on my Kindle app on my phone, which actually makes it pretty easy to read practically anywhere, but it does mean that I get distracted by notifications many times and get dragged out of the story. Despite using the Kindle app for my NetGalley books, the e-ARC formatting has still been screwy at times because of errors in the e-book file that I was given by the publisher to download.

      I haven’t really emailed many publishers at this point, but it’s something I’d like to get better at. Since I prefer physical books, I’d like to try sending an email to a publisher requesting a physical ARC rather than requesting the e-book on NetGalley. Although I don’t think I’d like to be on mailing lists where I receive unsolicited copies. My TBR is unmanageable enough as it is! But if it’s just a mailing list where I can request physical ARCs, I’d love to be included on those lists!

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  11. This is such an interesting discussion! I never thought of the difference of pressure between the two, mostly, I guess, because I rarely ever receive an ARC that doesn’t have strings attached (meaning, if I receive an ARC in any form, 99% of the time it’s because I asked for it and therefore have to review it). I do feel that pressure of reviewing all kinds of ARCs then, but I guess if I got them at events or something like that, maybe I wouldn’t feel the same way! 🙂
    I think in terms of reading, I still prefer physical copies, because I’m just old school like that ahah, and sometimes the formatting of e-ARCs are a little complicated, forcing me to constantly re-size the text in order for me to read or…. one of the latest I had, missing the first page of every chapter, somehow ONLY on my e-reader. That was a little frustrating, so I much prefer physical copies to avoid these kind of surprises haha 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much!

      It’s interesting because for me I started receiving ARCs at events like BookCon way before this blog was even a thought in my mind! So most of the ARCs I received came with no strings attached. BookCon is for anyone, not just those in the publishing/reviewing industry, so I felt that I wasn’t expected to review any of the books I received, ARCs included! So to me unless I’m signed up for a blog tour or specifically emailed a publisher for a book, I feel no pressure to review my physical ARCs.

      I definitely prefer physical copies as well! For ARCs, and just in general. And I’ve had some issues with e-ARC formatting as well which has been super frustrating since how can you review a book objectively if you have such a miserable time reading it or are flat out missing words or pages??

      The thing I’ve found missing with many physical ARCs are the dedication and acknowledgements at times, which is fine, but also I enjoy reading them. Usually I’ll even read it in the finished copy the next time I go to a book store!

      The only place where I’ve had real issues with physical ARCs is when it’s a graphic novel or a book that includes illustrations. In many cases the artwork isn’t finished in time for those review copies, so it’s frustrating, but understandable that you have a book to review that hasn’t been fully completed.

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      1. That’s so interesting to know. I guess since I don’t live anywhere near Bookcon and never even heard of ARCs before I started blogging, our experiences are different in that way, too, that’s so interesting to see!

        YES ahh I so agree with you on that. I enjoy the dedication and acknowledgments too and I just want to read them sometimes ahah 🙂

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  12. ooh i really love this post, malka!! i think i have the direct opposite situation from you haha. i’ve been pretty good at not really requesting a bunch of arcs, unless they’re ones i’m really excited about (and they usually represent in me in some way haha). i prefer physical arcs because i have a love-hate relationship with earcs — but i’m definitely very privileged to have that preference! i don’t usually get them at book events or from giveaways like you, so i’m always pretty motivated to review them since i… have to haha

    but i’ve never been a big netgalley (or edelweiss) user! i think the last time i actually requested a book from there was in 2018 — most of the earcs i have on there are from widgets sent from publishers to access the book there. i’m glad i never went really crazy on there though haha, since i know i would be all excited about the books and then take forever to read them 😭

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    1. Thank you so much! 💕 Oh, that’s so interesting! I prefer physical ARCs as well, and I think that if I got them from publishers with the expectation to review them, I’d definitely read and review them before their release date.

      I’m pretty good at only requesting books I’m interested in because of how much I struggle with reviewing, but even so I sometimes get overwhelmed! Right now I’m in a pretty good place ARC-wise, so I really hope I don’t ruin it for myself by requesting a whole bunch of books before I finish getting through the ones I already have!

      I’m officially done with Edelweiss! I have more success on there on Edelweiss the sense that on Edelweiss I tend to get approved for the hyped books that I get rejected for on NetGalley. But I really hate the formatting so much that then I can’t even read their e-ARCs! So now that I’ve reviewed the few books I got accepted for on that site, I will no longer be using it. As for NetGalley, I think comparatively I’m doing pretty well on that site! Besides my 3 super backlist titles, I have one review copy that’s getting released in a few days, and only one pending request!

      Like I said, I’m hoping to request books through email in the future, that way I either get a NetGalley widget or I get a physical copy! I’m happy that at this point I’ve figured out what’s best for me as a reviewer, that way I can request books accordingly!

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  13. I won an arc in a Goodreads giveaway and then, like, two months later GR emailed to ask how I’d liked the book…. and I was like “ahahah, oh you thought I’d *read* it right away???”

    I love getting approved for new e-arcs via NetGalley, but I am in Slump City and am so behind on my reviews. If I finally get around to actually reading a title, I’ll usually try to snag a finished hard copy just because I like the feel of reading a physical book (even though being able to highlight is 👌).

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    1. Oh, yes! I’ve won 3 Goodreads giveaways, and I think I reviewed maybe one out of the three? But to be fair one was a finished copy, so I didn’t feel as required to review it as I did for the 2 ARC copies I received.

      NetGalley is both wonderful and terrible all at once! It’s so nice to get approved for your most anticipated releases before they come out, but sometimes the ARCs pile up and it becomes something stressful instead of enjoyable! I only buy a finished copy of e-ARCs if I loved the book, since I have limited book buying funds. So for me, one of the ways to judge how much I loved ane- ARC is to find out whether or not I purchased a physical copy for myself!

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