There are a couple of interesting posts that came out of the couple of weeks old "ARCgate" (again, a "scandal" that descended to a storm of name-calling, character assassinations and calls for war absolutely disproportionate to the nature of the questions raised in the original post). The first one is by Katiebabs, who says The Blogger with the Most ARCs Does Not Rule Bloglandia, with which we wholeheartedly agree. Although the showcasing of IMMs and Book Hauls creates an idea, especially in the minds of young bloggers, that getting the most ARCs, at all cost, is the ultimate goal of blogging, actually having your hands full of so many books is more of a burden than a blessing. Just imagine reading and reviewing the books you are mostly uninterested in and see how much fun that is. And then comes a question of the disposal of those ARCs, another tricky one, it appears. Elizabeth Fama pleads to kill her ARCs, instead of swapping or donating them. What is comes down to is that there are not many options for bloggers to dispose of paper ARCs legitimately, besides throwing them into trash (hopefully recyclable). So, there is a whole new layer to this ARC-grabbing discussion which now includes wastefulness of paper ARCs as a promotional material. Distribution of egalleys to the reviewers who are actually interested in certain books seems like a better way to go. Definitely will save on postage and let some trees live.
In other news, if you wondered why new books are not as well edited as the old ones, The Changing Face of Publishing Relationships might have some answers (via YA Highway). It is evident that editors are viewed more and more as business people who should be able to identify and sell big money-makers rather than, you know, edit. The article also says that if before editors had a luxury of editing a book for months, now they have days if not hours to spend on each book.
Bookshelves of Doom alerted us that there is an emerging site which is like Rotten Tomatoes, for books - www.idreambooks.com - which is supposed to present a mix of professional and amateur (blogger) reviews. If your blog satisfies certain requirements, you reviews can be featured on that site as well. It will be interesting to see if this site catches on.
"Curtains up on a deliciously dark new YA trilogy from the creators of Lauren Kate’s Fallen."
Some readers legitimately asked - Isn't the creator of Lauren Kate's Fallen... Lauren Kate? Well, as we wrote before, there is an interesting artistic process in publishing that is called "packaging," when books are created by an agency and then an author is hired to write out the prepared plot. There is nothing new about this, but this is the first time when the fact that a book is packaged is used as a promotional point. Normally, this information stays concealed and the hired author gets all the credit.
And, to wrap things up for this week, a couple of links to podcasts (we haven't mentioned those in awhile). Kelly of Stacked and Liz of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy talk (at length) about library work, blogging, and everything book-related (and even mention our blog, thank you!). Sara Zarr's latest podcast features Sara's several local writer friends and is dedicated to discussing the value of being a part of a writing community.