To pre-order or not to pre-order

Do you pre-order?

You know what I’m talking about — all those tempting little buttons next to books by your favorite authors. The ones that let you pre-order a new book months in advance.

Cold Burn of MagicWhenever I’m talking about my books on my blog, Facebook, or Twitter pages, I usually include pre-order links to major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, iTunes, Kobo, IndieBound, and Audible (audiobooks). For example, on I’ve got several pre-order links up on my website page for Cold Burn of Magic, Black Blade #1, my young adult urban fantasy book that will be out on April 28.

I’ve heard from many folks that when you pre-order a book — especially an e-book — that it’s a nice little surprise when you fire up your e-reader and see the book waiting there for you to start reading any time you want to. The same thing goes for getting an e-mail that the audiobook is available, a package in the mail with a print book, or getting a call from your local bookstore saying that the book has arrived.

But me? I don’t pre-order books too often. Usually, most of my pre-orders are movies or TV shows because it seems like you can get a better deal on those online.

But if there is a book that I want, I will bookmark it on my computer. Then I’ll wait until it comes out, go to the store, and buy a print copy, mainly because I still like to read print books over e-books. Or, if I think that my local stores might not have the book, then I will pre-order a print copy a week or two ahead of the release date. I also make sure that I order enough items to get free shipping. I am all about free shipping. LOL.

What about you guys? Do you pre-order books, movies, or music? Why or why not?

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12 Responses to To pre-order or not to pre-order

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Jennifer,

    Good question! I don’t generally preorder either, but I think it’s important to have it for readers who do. Everybody’s different, and it’s nice to fit different needs 🙂 Most preorder books don’t have a sample, which I often need to decide. I like getting a bargain though, lol. I’ll preorder an autobuy author if there’s a price break.

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    I haven’t pre-ordered yet. I get newsletters from quite a few authors (I get yours!), so I usually know when the books are out, and there’s no need for me to pre-order. But not everyone does this, and it’s a great promotion for your book to have it visible on the different seller sites. I plan on putting my next book on pre-order.

  3. Gail Siuba says:

    I like to preorder for my Kindle, I tend to wait for the paperback or hard covers. I too rely on newsletters from authors to remind me of the release dates. My TBR pile is so large I feel like I may never get through it all, but it hasn’t stop me from purchasing more, plus I go to the library! 😀

  4. I know that preorders are very important to author sales. I’ve heard authors talk about it all the time. I don’t preorder often, but I have done it on occasion. I know some self published authors that will do discounted prices on preorders, then raise to the full price the day after release day.

    I’m trying desperately to avoid purchasing more books to sit and wait on my ereader/iPod for me to read/listen them, so unless there is a special price, I generally wait to buy when I know I will have time to read/listen. If I was honest, I shouldn’t allow myself to buy anymore until I’ve read/listened to what I have, but I’m not going to fool myself. That isn’t going to happen.

    Great topic.
    Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons`s last blog was …Armchair Audies 2015 – Audiobook Lovers! Join the fun! #ArmchairAudies

  5. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I’m not big on pre-orders myself but did just use that option for my last two books. Not sure how beneficial it is, but it does give the readers more options!

    Love that title and cover!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Eyes to the Soul is now available!

  6. Chris says:

    I do pre-order if the book is part of a series or a book by a favorite author. If it’s something I think I might want I put it on my wish list and wait until it’s published and then look at a preview of it on Amazon. I very rarely buy paper books any more as it’s a space issue, I do buy them if it’s one that I really enjoyed or if I know that I am going to a book signing. It is nice to wake up, fire up the Kindle and have my book right there.

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