Something terrible showed it’s face this week. I am appalled by it, and to be honest I was in shock when I first read the messages on Facebook.
Some person spread word that it was okay to sell the ARC’s she received, and just as bad or perhaps even worse, there were people who agreed with her! And they said it was okay! WTF!
*takes a minute to control anger*
How in the world can it be okay to share something that is not yours? Let alone sell it? Who do you think you are to do this, to mention it, to be proud of it and bragging, or to agree with it happening? Do you have any idea what you are responsible for? That people have to live off the sales of those books? That you are sharing/selling something that is not yours to sell/share?
Do you have any f*cking idea what signal you are giving off? What your actions do to us bloggers who do an honorable job here out of love? Those of us who are so careful and strict in rules when we are so lucky to receive an ARC from an author/publisher?
Do you know that even my reviewers don’t get the ARC’s I receive? That each one we receive is only for the one reviewer who is going to review the book, and they are the only one who gets the ARC? That my reviewers aren’t even allowed to share that ARC with each other within our ranks?
I vouch for all of them, and I guarantee to the authors/publishers that the ARCs we receive are protected and used only for review purposes.
There isn’t more that I can do.
We at Love Bytes are proud of the relationship we have with authors and publishers. We try to do what we do with love and honor.
We thank all of you for sharing your work with us and for your trust.