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?