Do you Pre-order Books? Discussion and Update


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.

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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.

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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!



41147279 Again But Better – Christine Riccio

41154268 With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

42729348 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.



Image result for harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban 20th edition ravenclaw 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.



Image result for harry potter and the goblet of fire illustrated Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Illustrated) – JK Rowling




39122774 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!

22 thoughts on “Do you Pre-order Books? Discussion and Update

  1. I don’t buy books often so pre-ordering isn’t really a big deal for me. I do think it is a shame that pre-ordering from Barnes and Noble means having to wait a few days after the release date. But since I get most of my books from the library and sometimes wait months for a new release…a few days waiting for a book in the mail seems like a pretty good deal. I have tons of books to read in the meantime anyway!

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  2. I don’t preorder. It seems like an expensive risk lol. What if I don’t like the book??? I just request it at the library. And if I’m lucky, I’ll find a copy at the used bookstore months later haha

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    1. My mom also loves the in death books 🙂 and I also auto order any illustrated potter books. I almost cried when they announced the fourth book and posted the cover. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL! I am SO ready for it 💕

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  3. I just pre-ordered for the first time – Rumple Buttercup by Matthew Gray Gubler – because I knew it was a book I wanted to own and I had some Amazon gift card money left. I don’t tend to pre-order because I buy mostly used books and I hate that when you pre-order the money isn’t instantly taken out of your account or off of your gift card balance. That really sucks that with Barnes and Noble you don’t get the book until a few days later. That takes away one of the biggest draws of preordering!

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  4. I saw the same video and agree that I like to preorder to support authors when I can, but usually it just doesn’t make sense, especially with bestsellers because it will take so long to get to me (in Norway) that going straight to the bookstore or buying the ebook makes more sense if I want to read it immediately


      1. I did preorder savannah brown’s new book immediately after this video watching it the first time though, I thought it was really good, and I’ll try to preorder more debut and “unknown” authors when I see the chance


      2. Like I mentioned before, it is TOTALLY a personal preference! I totally get why people do and don’t preorder. It’s a risk for sure, but if you like it, that’s awesome and if you don’t, that’s awesome too! You know?

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  5. I have only pre-ordered a handful of books because I am a total mood reader so I don’t usually know what I am going to want to read. But books that I have been waiting forever for (pretty much always sequels) I will preorder so I can get it as soon as possible (I do my pre-orders through amazon so I can get it the day of, don’t hate me!)

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