Thursday 26 June 2014

What pushes you to pre-order?

I have an illness. I like books. I like owning beautiful copies of them even more. This leads to lots of pre-ordering. Sometimes I go and take a look at my open orders on Amazon and cringe at the sheer amount of them. Admittedly, I usually end up cancelling a fair few as I receive the books for review, but I still end up with a fair few.

There are certain rules to my pre-ordering, however.

- I have to be almost certain I’ll enjoy it if it’s a debut, especially if it’s in hardback.
          - Hardbacks have to be over 300 pages.
- Certain authors are an instant pre-order: Sarah Dessen, Rachel Caine, Cassandra Clare, Tanya Byrne, Liz de Jager, Keris Stainton, Julie Kagawa, Maggie Stiefvater, Richelle Mead and worryingly, a few more...
- I have to read it within two months of it arriving.
- The edition has to be the same format as the rest of the series/collection. I have to admit that I don’t always stick to this one.

Although I spend a lot on my pre-orders, it actually saves me money in the long run. I get the lowest price guarantee which means I usually get the book for a lot cheaper than I would if I had waited until after publication.

And to be honest, there are few things as exciting as receiving an email saying a book you’re super excited about has just been dispatched. Especially when it’s early.

As I said, it’s an illness. One I’m perfectly fine not being cured of.

Do you pre-order? What makes you pre-order a book? Do you have any auto-pre-orders?



  1. I don't pre-order often, surprisingly. But I do like getting them cheaper and sometimes earlier than if I have waited :)

  2. Pre-ordering is something that I actually haven't done (though I think it's because I tend to buy most my books in a bookshop rather than online and I don't really like the idea of asking someone in person to pre-order a book!) though I have been tempted!

  3. I've never pre-ordered a book! I'm okay with waiting until it gets released to the general public. Even though I could potentially save money. I think it's probably more because of the fact I'm not such a huge fan of ordering things over the Internet in the first place!

  4. Admittedly, maybe I should start doing that. I recently had two books pub this month I want lucky enough to receive for review and now I lament I shouldn't get lowest price guarantee.

    All of your criteria sounds good. Tho I have a list of my own I would likely go by. I tend to but a lot of books on for 2-7 dollars.


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