Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sunday ARC Swap

  Could This Idea Work?

 I'm guessing many of you have a pretty big collection of unread or nearly new ARCs that you'd love to pass on to someone who might enjoy them?  I tend to post and swap many of my books on, however, you are not allowed to post ARCs on their site. We all know you can't sell them either, but why can't we offer them up to other book lovers?

I've wanted to see if any bloggers, might have an interest in "swapping ARCS"?  In my mind this is how it might work, but I am open to suggestions if some of you have a better idea? 
  • Each Sunday, book bloggers would post some ARCS that they would like to swap/give away; all that would be required is that, if you see a book you would like, you pay for media mail postage (within the US - generally around $3.00); or, we could do a (1) for (1) swap.
  • I'd love to do this internationally, however postage costs are too expensive.
  • If you see a book that you would like, post a comment with your email address, and one of two things could happen: (1) - If you have a paperbackswap account you could transfer (1) credit for each book you'd like to request, using the buddy credit option. This credit will pay for shipping costs to mail you the book.
  • If you do not have a paperbackswap account, perhaps bloggers could do a mutual swap. (You tell us what books/ARCs you would like to swap).
  • If there is enough interest, this could be a regular Sunday post.
I'm giving this a shot. This week's(ARCs) up for grabs (please feel free to jump on the bandwagon):

Here are some ARCs/books I would love to read from my wish list:
  • The Red Thread; Ann Hood
  • The Bride Collector; Ted Dekker
  • The Queen of Palmyra; Gwin
  • Matterhorn; Marlantes
  • Little Stranger; Waters
  • The Irresitible Henry House; Grundwald
  • Girl in Translation; Kwok
  • Men and Dogs; Crouch
  • The Locust and the Bird; Hanan al-Shaykh
  • The Bastard of Istanbul; Elif Shafak
  • Lark and Termite; Phillips - (from softdrink)
  • The Summer We Fell Apart; Antalek
  • The Hand That First Held Mine; O'Farrell
  • Keeping the Feast; Butturini
  • The Unit; Holmqvist
  • Palace of Illusions; Divakaruni
  • Enchantress of Florence; Rushdie
  • A Friend of the Family; Grodstein
  • The Wrong Mother; Hannah
  • People of the Book; Brooks
  • The Puzzle King; Carter
  •  The Godmother; Turgeon
  •  Galway Bay; Kelly
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle; Kingsolver
  • A Country Called Home; Barnes 
What are your thoughts? Could this work? All comments appreciated!


  1. I like the idea-great recycling-but I don't get many ARC's. I'll keep checking back to see if any of your wish books are ones I have. I do have a copy of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle but I have a collection of B. Kingsolver's books.

  2. I think it's a great idea. I have a few ARCs languishing on the shelf.

    I also have a copy of Lark and Termite, although I haven't read it yet. I'd be willing to swap it for The Wish Maker, if you don't mind waiting. I promise I'll read it within the next month if you like the idea of a trade.

  3. I think it's a fabulous idea! At the moment, I'm still working on sorting my books into piles, but I could see this as a wonderful way to make everyone happier! If I can ever get my act together, I would love to contribute a post for a mutual swap deal!

  4. I think this is a great idea! Postage across the world can be a bit high, but I could see a time when it might be nice to swap books that aren't going to be published in our countries for a while.

    In the meantime I'll have to find someone more locally to swap ARCs with!

  5. Jill...tat would be great (no rush); I'll put it aside for you. Thanks

  6. Jill - sounds good

    Jackie...A good point about the fact some books are not available at the same time in the UK and US. When that happens, it would be worth the expensive postage to get a book I'd really love.

  7. Michelle -- seriously there is no reason they would have to be ALL ARCs either. I'm sure new fiction and other popular books would be a big hit as well.

  8. What a wonderful idea! I've been trying to do this informally. When a bloggers comments on a post about it, I usually offer to send the book when I'm done. If this idea takes off, I think it would be wonderful. I'd love to snag the copy of Small Wars if it's still available. Happy reading!

  9. Great idea! I don't think I can participate as I am terrible about going to the post office, but this would be fun for those people who are not so lazy as I am :-)

  10. Love the idea...will have to look at my ARCs and see what I have to swap. I just gave a huge stack to a co-worker to read!!! Sorry, I don't have of the ones on your wish list!

  11. I think this is a great idea! I was just looking through one of the YA arc tour sites and thinking it's a shame that I haven't found one for other books.

  12. this is a great idea! I don't have any ARCs on your list right now but will keep checking back to see if there is something I can pass on to you.

  13. Sounds like a great idea, will keep it in mind. As to your wish list, I found The Godmother to be very interesting, and I got The Puzzle King as a Christmas gift, but haven't read it yet.

  14. I think this is a great idea! I would totally participate. I have Girl in Translation, but haven't read it yet & I've loaned out my copy of Men & Dogs. I typically do pass my books around my book club since I can't exchange them on Paperback Book Swap. However, if I knew this was an option, I'd be glad to participate.

  15. This sounds like a great idea! I'll check back to see if you have anything I want or if I have anything you want!

  16. I like this idea too. I will figure out what I have to offer!

  17. I love this idea, and if I ever get caught up, would love to trade with you!


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