This new feature, Bubbly Berls Babbles (or BBB), is kind of an adaptation of my old feature, Fun Questions, back at Fantasy is More Fun. And the title tells it all. I’m Bubbly, I’m Berls, and I’m about to Babble about something! I hope you’ll babble along with me 🙂
Today Bubbly Berls is Babbling about getting rid of ARCs!
So I’ve been on an organization spree lately (which will be the topic of a future BBB) and I’ve come to a little predicament. Unwanted ARCs. I have some that I’ve read and just don’t feel the need to keep. I have others that I have no desire to read – maybe I once did, though most I never did and I’m still not really sure how I ended up with them.
But they are still BOOKS. Which means I’m so NOT OKAY with throwing them away. But usually when I have books to get rid of, I do one of three things:
- Give them away. This is the most obvious to me, because one person’s “trash” is another person’s treasure. I’ve hung on to a couple of these ARCs through like two years of COYER though and, quite frankly, no one seems to want them.
- Sell them to Half Price Books. I’m financially challenged (which is my way of saying, not quite poor, but money is no easy thing either) and while I don’t get much for books at Half Price Books, I usually get enough to buy a replacement book. But ARCs are not for selling – I didn’t pay for it and even though I hear about people selling them, I’m pretty sure it’s illegal. If not, in my book it’s still wrong. So that’s out.
- Donate them. I like to give books to my libraries that I know are either: (1) not going to be worth much at Half Price Books or (2) probably a really good fit for a library (like YA). Honestly I have no idea how much they’d get checked out at a library, but maybe they’d become someone’s favorite. Question is… is it okay to donate ARCs to a library?
So that’s my conundrum. I need a home for these ARCs and I’m not sure what is the ethical way of getting rid of ARCs, short of tossing them.