Flapping Pages: An International ARC Program

As discussed in the Reading Around the Globe series, the truth is that book lovers and bloggers outside of the US/UK/AUS are not afforded the same privileges as those of us that live in countries with English publishers. It isn’t about the quality of their reviews or how engaged their audience is with their content: these fantastic bloggers are not even considered for physical ARCs from the publishers due to the shipping costs (eARCs are also country-restricted, but that isn’t the focus of this post).

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As a blogger living in the United States, I recognize my privilege and want to use it to help international bloggers and hopefully inspire change. This feature launched in September 2018 after weeks of careful planning and is constantly growing & improving!

The goal of Flapping Pages is to serve as a hub for trading ARCs, with the focus of ensuring that more get into the hands of international and own voices readers. If you have arcs that you don’t intend on keeping, please consider passing them along to other readers through this program!

Donate ARCs  Request ARCs


Flapping Pages ARC Reviews

Mirage by Somaiya Daud – reviewed by Bookable Reads
Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky – reviewed by Books of a Shy Girl
Songs About A Girl by Chris Russel – review to come from Bookish Bibliophile
The Island by M.A. Bennett – reviewed by Behind the Sentence
Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick – sent to Book Rambler (DNF)
This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow – reviewed by Book Dragons 24/7
Odd One Out by Nic Stone – reviewed by The Bibliophile District


Additional Details and FAQs

Why did you start this? Just to get more ARCs? Fair question, but I can assure you that I have plenty of books to read already without adding to my TBR Tower! I honestly wanted a way to pass along my ARCs to other readers, and thought that if I could inspire others at the same time it would be a win/win!

Funding? It is no secret that the main reason international bloggers are typically left out is due to shipping costs, and that is the biggest barrier to getting this program off the ground as well. I’ve decided that any income earned from affiliate links on Reader Voracious Blog beyond what offsets my hosting costs will be used to help ship ARCs through this program, as well as a small amount of money that I will set aside monthly to establish a postage fund. But I cannot do it alone, so if you are able and would like to donate, more information is below.

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How can I help? In addition to offering up your ARCs to the program, there are two other ways that you can help:

  • Spread the word! Even if you don’t have arcs (or love them too much to pass them along), this will only work if people know it is an option! If international bloggers don’t know about this resource to make requests, I may as well just throw my ARCs into the void.
  • If you are financially able, send a donation to help get more ARCs in the hands of international readers. I have a ko-fi account specifically for Flapping Pages to help offset the costs of shipping; I put in $30 per month and will do monthly shipping goals for transparency.

How can I get updates? You can sign up for the Flapping Pages Newsletter! Vicky and I are collaborating to put together a monthly (at first, it may increase to bi-weekly) email that will include a list of all ARCs available for request, program updates and donor shout-outs, and I am sure more down the road!

#FlappingPagesARCs Follow our hashtag #FlappingPagesARCs on Twitter if you want to see updates when a new book has been donated & is available to request!

Got suggestions or ideas? I don’t assume to have all the answers, and I expect that this program will evolve quite a bit with feedback and suggestions from the community. I want your feedback. I want this to be a program that addresses this disparity in the best possible way, so if you have ideas please let me know! You can leave a comment on this post, or if you want to collaborate in private feel free to send me a DM on Twitter or email me through my Contact Page!


💖  Thank you so much to Kate @ The Backwards Bookshelf, Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads, and Danielle @ Books, Vertigo, Tea for your support, guidance, and brainstorming assistance!


Flapping Pages feels strongly about getting ARCs to international, teen, & own-voices readers. It isn’t cheap to ship these books, but we feel it’s important.

If you’ve been wanting to help offset shipping costs, please consider supporting our ko-fi.

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88 Comments

  1. Rain

    September 3, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    KALEENA I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH WORDS TO THANK YOU FOR THIS. International bloggers need this kind of support and love. Everything you’ve done for international bloggers and readers makes my heart so full. It’s great to know that there are people like you in this world. I have decided to support this series as much as I can. Thank you so so much for this. You’re too kind and amazing 😭💕

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 4, 2018 at 4:50 PM

      AHHH RAIN thank you your words mean so much to me!

  2. confessionsofayareader

    September 3, 2018 at 8:21 AM

    You’re doing an amazing thing!

  3. Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams

    September 3, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    Ahh Kaleena, you are literally the sweetest for doing this!! This is such a wonderful idea, and I’m so thankful that there are bloggers like you in the blogosphere, thinking of us INTL bloggers. :’)

    I’m trying to find the sign-up sheet for the Flapping Pages Newsletter, but I can’t? (Maybe this is my sign to finally join Twitter.)

    Thanks so much again for this wonderful program! <3 <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 3, 2018 at 8:40 AM

      Awww thank you Lily, and I am happy to do what I can to help!

      The newsletter sign-up is here: https://mailchi.mp/7586ca833832/flappingpages, and I have added the link to it about 4 times in the post now.

      Yes, go make a Twitter account.

      1. Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams

        September 3, 2018 at 8:42 AM

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        Ahhh thank you!! I think my app is glitching, because ALL the links are gone now. 😩

        1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

          September 4, 2018 at 4:51 PM

          Oh noooo, conspiracy!!!!!!

  4. Alex

    September 3, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    I have a great many books to offer, a lot of them are hardbacks, which can be prohibitive for postage abroad (I live in Canada). But if you can facilitate placing various books then I’m happy to donate to a good cause. Usually I donate my HB and trade paperbacks to the library.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 4, 2018 at 4:52 PM

      Alex you are so wonderful, thank you so much and we shall continue chatting via email about the specifics! I really appreciate your support!

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  6. Dora

    September 3, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    OMG, you guys are so awesome for doing this!! It’s such an amazing and generous idea! You’re unspeakably kind. 😘😘💕

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 4, 2018 at 4:53 PM

      Aww thank you so much, I am so happy to help!

  7. Marie

    September 3, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    This is such an incredible idea, I love it and really hope to see this take off and help so many other international bloggers, as well as spread the love for books and tighten the links in this community. This makes me really happy! <3 Best of luck for this project! 😀

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 4, 2018 at 5:00 PM

      Thank you so much, Marie! I am so humbled by the outpouring of support already and am incredibly hopeful that this will take off and help so many other bloggers.

  8. Vera

    September 3, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Love both the idea as well as the way you made it happen, bravo.
    Unfortunately all my ARC are eBooks as I refuse hard copies of books. I will think of a way how to contribute though as I would love to help our international blogging friends (I’m UK based).
    Thumbs up for such a great initiative! 👏👏👏

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 5, 2018 at 7:19 AM

      Thank you so much, Vera! Even just spreading the word is so helpful, thank you for your support!

  9. northernplunder

    September 3, 2018 at 1:16 PM

    this is so awesome, im UK based and do what i can with rehoming my ARCs

    ill be in touch wheni have more to rehome!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 5, 2018 at 7:20 AM

      Awww Lauren, thank you so much!!!

  10. jennifertarheelreader

    September 3, 2018 at 1:30 PM

    This is a wonderful program, Kaleena! I will definitely have some ARCs to share!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 5, 2018 at 7:21 AM

      Thank you, Jennifer ~ and that is so awesome! Thanks in advance!

  11. Christine

    September 3, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    You are my hero. And I love you for this!

  12. Kelly Brigid

    September 3, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Kaleena, love, this is such a brilliant idea!! I think this is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen, and will support you 100% in any way that I can! <3

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 5, 2018 at 7:23 AM

      Kelly darling, thank you so much for your support!!! ❤

  13. Carolina @fictionologyst

    September 3, 2018 at 7:00 PM

    I HAVE TO ASK YOU SOMETHING! Did it hurt?… You know, when you fall from heaven?! Because you are definitely an angel! Thank you so much for doing this for International reader. We owe you so much!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 5, 2018 at 7:25 AM

      AWWW you are too sweet, Carolina! Thank you so much for your kind words and I am happy to do what I can!

  14. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    September 3, 2018 at 11:17 PM

    This is SUCH a cool and awesome idea–kudos to you all for organizing this! I’ll do what I can to spread the word and maybe even donate if I get the chance! ❤

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 5, 2018 at 7:37 AM

      Awww thank you so much, Kathy! Spreading the word is definitely oh-so-helpful and I appreciate it so much!

  15. heather@nightlyreading

    September 4, 2018 at 6:03 AM

    This is an excellent idea!!!!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 5, 2018 at 7:38 AM

      Thank you so much, and THANK YOU for donating Mirage!!!

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  17. Alex

    September 4, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Kaleena — I’ve added the Flapping Pages logo to my sidebar with a link back to this page.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 5, 2018 at 7:45 AM

      That’s so wonderful, thank you so much!!!

  18. timetravellingreader

    September 5, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    This is such an amazing idea!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 6, 2018 at 7:40 AM

      Thank you so much, and I hope it takes off and helps many marginalized readers!

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    September 10, 2018 at 7:42 AM

    Thank you so much for thinking about International bloggers 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 10, 2018 at 1:39 PM

      Of course, and thank you for stopping by!

  23. Taasia @ librapaintspages

    September 11, 2018 at 5:54 AM

    Thank you so much for all you have done for the international book community! Your work is much appreciated x

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      September 11, 2018 at 8:27 AM

      Thank you so much, and I am happy to help!!!

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  34. Sandy

    January 26, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    Hi Kaleena. I’d love to pass along ARC’s but don’t currently have a blog so cannot fill out that part of your questionnaire. It will not submit if that is left blank. Any suggestions? Thanks. Cheers, Sandy.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      January 26, 2019 at 9:43 AM

      Hi Sandy, and thank you so much for your support of the program & passing along ARCs!

      You can put N/A in the blog section to submit.

  35. alliee reads

    January 26, 2019 at 7:21 PM

    this is utterly fantastic, thank you so so much for this program! xx

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      January 28, 2019 at 11:22 AM

      Absolutely and thanks so much for reblogging the post!!!

  36. alliee reads

    January 26, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Reblogged this on alliee reads and commented:
    Really fantastic ARC program for International reviewers! Check it out, book blogger friends! xx

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  38. bookbuyer123

    January 28, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    I know some international people. I’ll let them know about this post. 🙂

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      February 5, 2019 at 10:04 AM

      Thank you so much for sharing the program!

  39. newbookinings

    February 5, 2019 at 5:19 AM

    Wow. This is too good! Thank you Kaleena for thinking about others who don’t get these opportunities.

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      February 5, 2019 at 6:19 PM

      You are so welcome, and thanks so much for stopping by!

  40. Star Brite

    February 7, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    This is a such a wonderful and awesome idea! Definitely will be sharing this!

    1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

      February 11, 2019 at 11:59 AM

      Thank you so much for commenting & sharing!

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    1. Kal

      August 19, 2019 at 5:37 PM

      Awww, thank you so much that is so kind of you! I expect to send out the next newsletter either tomorrow or Wednesday, so keep your eyes peeled on your inbox!

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