I was wondering if we, as book bloggers, may request finished copies of books? Is that a thing, and if so, can you guide us through doing so?Sam
First, it’s important to understand that publishers usually have less finished copies to give away than they do ARCs.
Now that being said, what follows is simply my personal opinion:
I don’t think it’s really “proper etiquette” to request finished copies of books. ARCs exist to generate hype and buzz for books. They get sent out to bloggers because the book isn’t published yet, but publishers want those early reviews so that potential buyers can get excited about the book and preorder it.
But after the book is published, the book exists. You can go out and buy it. And yes, publishers still like reviews, but the point is that the book is readily available (when it wasn’t before). So I feel like if you request a copy of a finished book, you’re more or less saying:
I know I could just buy it, but I want to get it for free.
As opposed to:
The book isn’t available yet and I’d love a free copy to help generate buzz.
I know books can cost a lot of money when you’re a book blogger and reading one a day.. I totally get that! But I feel like if you’re requesting a finished copy, you have the opportunity to get a copy yourself but you’re trying to squeeze a free one out of the publisher instead (and as I said before, they usually have fewer finished copies). So it’s just my personal opinion that if the book is available for you to buy, you should buy it instead of asking for a finished copy. Plus, buying the book will help support the author!
But if you still want to go about requesting finished copies, you should expect to get a lot of “No” answers. I’ve seen it said countless times that publishers don’t have many finished copies to give away, or that they don’t give away finished copies at all—period (which makes sense). So you can give it a go, but don’t have high hopes. In any case, the process is very similar. Just send the publisher an email with your request, your blog statistics, and your shipping address. For more details, you can read my post on how to receive physical ARCs.