Tuesday, June 29, 2010
ARC's + Stores = ???
So what do you think of bookstores selling arc's? And how many bookstores actually get copies but do not sell them or share them?
Most of us know about the Strand, a famous New York City bookstore that is infamous for selling arc's in it's basement. And I am not innocent in this either, I've purchased an arc there before, I love them, so to me The Strand is my book heaven, but does that make it right?
I was doing some research about this online when I stumbled across this post where the blogger actually thought it was a good thing to sell arc's because it brought buzz to the book. I never looked at it that way, and maybe that blogger has a point.
So what if Publishers sold arc's? Not on their websites of course but with fake ebay accounts or something, all so that more buzz could be generated about the book but they would not be getting ripped off from other people selling them. Crazy? Perhaps. It depends on how you look at it, I'm indifferent.
But I am wondering about bookstores. Which ones get arc's, especially the no-name stores, and how?
And if they get them, then what do they do with them if not sell them? I find that I am itching to know. The only book store I know that publicly sells arc's is The Strand, but a place called The Book Mobile is my area "has" Arc's available, but they are not for sale and cannot be looked at. So what happens to them...? It seems like a waste that they just sit in a closet somewhere.
Thoughts? To sell or not to sell?