This is something that I’ve been meaning to ask you guys about for a while now…
What the hell is up with the rules about quoting ARCs in book reviews? I’m so confused.
When I first started reviewing ARCs, I didn’t even realize that this rule was a thing. I quoted ARCs a few times and then randomly read in one of my ARCs that I wasn’t allowed to quote it without first checking with a finished copy to see if anything had changed. So after that, I just completely stopped doing it.
But I’ve noticed three very different scenarios that I’ve seen people do around the blogosphere and Goodreads regarding this.
Don’t quote ARCs at all. This is what I do. Ever since I saw that it was a rule, I haven’t quoted an ARC. This is following the rules completely and I don’t have to worry about publishers getting mad at me for doing something I’m not supposed to be doing. From what I’ve seen, this is what about 75% of other bloggers do as well.
Quote the ARC, but include a disclaimer. I’ve seen this one pretty often, too. Somebody will quote an ARC, and then at the bottom of their review, put something like “all quotes are taken from an advanced readers copy and aren’t final. Please refer to a finished copy.” But…the rule is: “Don’t quote from this ARC,” not: “Quote from this ARC, but warn people first.” So what’s up with that?
Quote the ARC like you don’t give a fuck. There’s a few bloggers I’ve seen who just will quote ARCs willy-nilly with no disclaimer or anything! I notice this the most with very popular bloggers. Like…are they allowed to do this because they’re popular? Or do publishers just not care that they’re breaking the rules because they’re so popular?
I’m totally not judging anybody for doing any of these options…I’m just honestly confused about what’s right and what’s wrong in this situation. I thought “no” meant “no,” but apparently it’s not as clear as it seems.
Can you guys weigh in and help me out?
Have you ever quoted from an ARC before? When you do so, do you give a disclaimer or no? Have you ever gotten in trouble for quoting an ARC? What’s the REAL rule about this?