My guest posting at the Shelf Space blog is drawing to a close --
My last post is a continued discussion of ARCs, this time looking at ARCs and library collections.
A sneak peak:
On a professional library listserv, a librarian justified adding ARCs to her permanent collection because low budgets meant fewer materials. I wonder—as budgets continue to fall, with other people adopt this "but I cannot afford the final book" attitude? And really, what's the harm? It's just a few typos, right? Isn't putting books—even if they are ARCs—into the hands of customers the most important thing?
Go read the whole thing and let me know -- would you put an ARC in a formal library collection? Have you ever checked out a book only to discover it's an ARC?
© Elizabeth Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy
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