I had a random thought the other day: What would happen if for every ARC you wanted to read, you had to give up one book of your own?
It seems like everyone wants to get ARCs (me included!). So what if part of the criteria for getting any particular ARC was that you had to pick a book off your shelf at home, and trade it for the ARC?
No trading the ARC back for the book you gave away. And if you were just starting out, and therefore had no ARCs to trade for the new ARC, you’d have to trade away some possibly beloved book on your shelf. And you couldn’t buy a new copy. You could buy other books, but whatever book you traded for that ARC you could never own again.
Would you do it? I don’t know if I would. Or at least, I don’t know how often I would. I have a hard enough time giving up books, even if I didn’t like the book a lot to begin with. I’ve mentioned my hoarding tendencies before.
And what about if you did find a book you’re willing to part with. And you get that coveted ARC, and read it. And then realize it wasn’t worth the book you traded for it?
Would you start buying books you know you’ll hate, just to be able to trade them for an ARC? Would you be willing to trade for ARCs at all? And if people stopped being willing to trade their own books for ARCs, what would happen to the authors and publishers? What would they come up with instead of ARCs if no one would take them anymore?
I know, I know. My mind is a strange and twisted place. I think if I lived in a world like that, I’d trade for ARCs once or twice to start with. Use the books I know there is no hope of me reading ever again. And if the ARC I received made me wish I hadn’t traded in the first place, I’d trade that ARC for a different ARC. Until I ended up with only ARCs I wanted to keep. And then if I still had to have a particular new ARC, I’d go out and buy books I would never ever read. So I wouldn’t be upset somewhere down the road that I couldn’t own that book again.
What about you? Could you imagine living in a world like that? What would you do? Discuss! *grins*