Hello my lovelies! Today I want to talk a little bit about pre-ordering books! I feel like it is something we in this community either love to do, or won’t touch with a 10-foot pole, so this could get interesting.
Now personally, I have found that pre-ordering books to be helpful in a number of different ways:
- New Releases are automatically shipped to my door– I am a forgetful person (unfortunately). But if I pre-order a book as soon as I know about it, at least then I can forget about it until it shows up! And if I do forget about a book I pre-ordered, it often comes as a happy surprise when I receive a package that day.
- Helps to curb my book buying impulses- Now this may just be a personal thing, but I have found that when I get that itch to buy new books, if I pre-order one instead, I satisfy that itch, while also giving my shelf time to free up some space. It’s like a “if you’re good and clear some room for it, you shall have it” which I can totally get behind. Plus- in the off chance I am aware of a release date for a book I’ve pre-ordered, I am more hesitant to purchase anything else that month.
- Supports the authors/publishers- According to a video that Christine posted about her upcoming book tour (linked below), pre-orders play a big role in determining if authors get to go on tour or not. They let publishers know that people are interested in the book, and if enough interest is drummed up, that may result in more fun things surrounding the book like tours and exclusive editions.
However, I can definitely see some downsides to pre-ordering books:
- Get them after the release date- This might just be a Barnes and Noble thing, but since I refuse to order books from Amazon, I either pre-order from Barnes and Noble or the publishers themselves. With Barnes and Noble, to prevent people getting the books before the release date, they send out the books ON the day of their release resulting in delivery up to 2-3 days later. Generally speaking that isn’t such a big deal, but if you are really anticipating something, and seeing everyone hype their books online, it may be torturous to wait those extra days to share yours as well.
- Exclusive Editions and Updates- Again, I don’t know if this is just Barnes and Noble or not, but I know that if I pre-order a book too early, like as soon as it is announced, and it comes out later with a special/signed edition as well, I will NOT be automatically given the updated version of the book. Which, to me is kinda bullshit. I was interested enough to pre-order it before everyone else, why not just send an email asking if I would like to upgrade to the exclusive? They always end up being the same price, why WOULDN’T you want to give your early birds the better deal? You then have to either cancel your original order and re-order it as the exclusive edition, or order the exclusive edition as well, and then when they come in, return the copy you no longer want. That really irks me about pre-ordering- at least through Barnes and Noble.
- Money- Then there is the age old argument that not everyone can afford new releases as soon as they come out, which I totally understand.
So what are your thoughts on pre-orders? Do you pre-order books? What are some of your concerns or rants about them? What are your raves? Let’s discuss!
While we think on that for a minute, I did want to update you on some books that I have personally pre-ordered for this year so far!
Again But Better – Christine Riccio
With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo
These Witches Don’t Burn – Isabel Sterling
Again But Better is one of those situations where I have no clue if I ordered it or not, but it randomly came out with exclusive signed editions two months before it’s release so I pre-ordered that for sure. The last two are highly anticipated for me. I LOVED The Poet X and am really really REALLY looking forward to her new book. And witches be witches, you know? Gotta stay on brand with that one.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (20th anniversary UK Ravenclaw edition) – JK Rowling
I am now collecting the entire series in 20th UK editions in Ravenclaw with the black covers. Sorcerer’s Stone was hardcover, Chamber of Secrets was paperback and now it looks like PoA is hardcover again. It doesn’t really matter, I was either going to have them all in soft or hard cover, or with matching covers and I chose matching covers. They are roughly the same size anyway so you can barely tell.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Illustrated) – JK Rowling
FINALLY! IT IS FINALLY COMING OUT AND I COULD CRY I AM SO FRIGGIN EXCITED.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) – Tomi Adeyemi
This book has been pushed back twice now, which is uber frustrating. It was also in the situation where I pre-ordered it basically the minute it was “out” but has later developed an exclusive signed edition at Barnes and Noble, which I had to go re-order. At this point I just want the dang thing but at least I now have a bit more time to re-read book one as a refresher.
And that’s all I have for you guys in regards to pre-ordered books. What do you guys think? What are the circumstances in which you might pre-order an anticipated books? What books have you guys pre-ordered for this year? Let’s chat about it!