Fun Questions | Do you preorder?

May 24, 2014 Fun Questions 22

Fun Questions LogoJoin me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Do you preorder?

I never preordered books before I started blogging. I wasn’t tapped in enough to even know when a book by a favorite author was going to be coming out. I would just read everything I wanted to read and then go online and check all my favorite authors websites to see if anything new had come out. If it had, I tried to find it at the library. I very rarely had a series that I actually bought. And since I was usually months behind, getting the books from the library was easy.

My, how things have changed. I know when my favorite authors have new books coming pretty much the second it’s announced because I’m on their newsletters and if I’m not, someone else is talking about it. I’ve only started getting myself back to the library in the last few months, too. I own so many more books than I ever thought I would and owning a series really matters to me now.

That being said – I still don’t do a lot of preordering. I preorder for the Hollows by Kim Harrison, Cassandra Palmer by Karen Chance, Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs, and Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill (I’m still waiting for the audio book to be available for preorder for CV…). And those are all series that I started reading before I started blogging. I loved them then (so much that I actually did buy them) and I don’t want to miss them with the flurry of other books I have coming in now that I’m blogging. I don’t preorder for a single series that I’ve discovered since blogging and I don’t know why. Maybe because I know that I found them through all the blog world and I believe I won’t miss their newest additions for the same reason? I don’t know.

I’ve also read that people have authors or series on auto-order or something like that. I don’t know if that’s an actual setting at Amazon/B&N/Audible or just a way of saying “I see they have something coming and I buy it, no questions.” But for me, that sentiment would only be true for the series I already listed. And I don’t think that will be changing for me anytime soon. I want to support all the authors I like and/or love – and I’ve read that preordering helps them more than purchases made even on release day and even more so than purchases made in the following weeks. But I just don’t feel compelled to do it for a bunch of series. Does that mean I’m less committed to reading them, regardless of how much I loved them? Probably. Maybe once The Hollows wraps up this year (*sigh*) I’ll fill that slot with another series. Or maybe I’ll preorder less books. Not really sure.

Do you preorder?

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22 Responses to “Fun Questions | Do you preorder?”

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I pre-order Chicagoland Vampires – since that’s a series I listen to. Although – come to think of it, I still haven’t seen it available for preorder on audio… Anyway, I like being able to get them downloaded ASAP – so preordering audio books really does make a lot of sense.
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  1. Lark
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    I do preorder… But usually if it’s a book I know I’ll want to read and keep in my collection, and especially if I want the hardcover first edition or HAVE to have it on the first day it comes out. (The last three Harry Potter books fell in that category.) Actually, I also preorder to take advantage of Amazon’s lowest-price guarantee.

    I used to only preorder print books, and that rarely. Recently, though, I’ve been more willing. I have started preordering Kindle books if I’m collecting the series on Kindle. As of today, I’ve got 2 Kindle books and at least 2 hardcovers on preorder — and at least 2 of the titles won’t be out until October or November!
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    • Berls
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      I really like the Amazon preorder price guarantee- it’s nice to know you will get the lowest price regardless of being willing to buy it at the higher price when it was first listed (I’ve had the price drop twice for me, always a nice surprise). I preorder the Hollows books on eBook – which I kind of hate doing because they cost a lot, but I’ve been collecting the series as eBooks so I have to have them as eBooks (I’m weird that way) and I really can’t wait to have them!
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  2. Jessica @ Rabid Reads
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    LOL. Berls, my OCD is showing again. I’ve kept Word documents of upcoming releases for YEARS. At least as long as I’ve been married, so nearly seven years. Even before I jumped on the Goodreads train, I stumbled across Fantastic Fiction (a website that does a decent job of keeping track up upcoming book releases) checked it religiously, and preordered accordingly. I actually preorder LESS these days b/c I’m much more likely to get an arc of book I would usually have to buy.
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    • Berls
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      LOL I spent years trying to find a good system for keeping track of my series, but I never got it organized well enough that I kept track of new releases. I just couldn’t get it together – so thank goodness for goodreads and all those websites! I very rarely get ARCs for the series I’m really addicted to – I’m not a well enough established blogger, so I continue preordering them. But maybe someday 🙂
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    • Berls
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      Isn’t it great when you can get a better deal preordering?! That seems rare though – since prices usually drop after a few weeks. But I do have a few series where it really doesn’t matter – I’m buying it!
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  3. Jenna
    Twitter:

    I don’t preorder. Ebooks make it unnecessary since I can just go buy the book on release day and have it instantly. I preordered on occasion before blogging, mostly Harry Potter, but that was very rare. I did it more often with TV show DVD sets, but I’ve gotten away from that in recent years, too.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      eBooks definitely do erase a lot of the need. Same with a lot of audio books, since you can download them instantly. Though I do have a few books that I want in paperback or hardcover, so then a preorder seems particularly important. Sometimes I feel like preordering just helps me not forget 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’ve only recently started doing better about using my library – but I haven’t yet tried to grab a book when it first comes out. I know a lot of the libraries I use are great about getting new releases, so I’ll have to see when one I really want comes out.
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  4. Angie F.

    I don’t preorder. I have, but only twice. Both for Richelle Mead, but that was before I imposed my $3 limit for books. I definitely don’t regret it though, since I got to read those series enders ASAP!

    Now, I just fill out library suggestion slips for upcoming releases I want, in hopes that my library orders them, which is kind of like preordering, right? 😛
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      It the same theory that’s for sure! I wish I had the strength to impose a $3 limit on myself. I’m doing much better now that I started my pinching pennies posts, but I still splurge on some books. I think maybe my limit is $5, except when I HAVE to preorder it. Then there really is no limit, which is so dangerous.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      That’s smart Julie. The books I preorder always get an immediate read – that’s why I’m preordering them – I CAN’T WAIT! LOL But I should try your rule on all book buying in general because I own way too many books as it is!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I think that’s why I prefer to preorder with Amazon – they don’t actually charge until they ship the book (or it becomes available as an eBook). But I do understand what you mean – I feel like I probably spend more money on those preorders than all other books.
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  5. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    I never pre-order any more. Maybe three years ago I pre-ordered an In Death book but then they raised the eBook price to $14.99 and I decided I could wait for the price to come down. Now I have so many books waiting to be read that I don’t have any I can’t wait to buy when it’s cheaper or shows up in the library.
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    • Berls
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      Those high eBook prices really do hurt. I preordered the last Hollows book and when I realized what I paid for an eBook it really hurt. But there’s just one more and since I own all the other books as eBooks… yeah I preordered again…
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  6. Stormi
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    I rarely pre-order but I have on occasion. Can you believe I haven’t read any of those series you just talked about!!! I think I have the first CV on audio but just haven’t got around to listening to it. Have the first Mercy Thompson on ebook but haven’t read it..come to think of it seems like I have a lot of first in series on my kindle but haven’t took the time out to try out the series..bad me.
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    • Berls
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      LOL I have a lot of first of series as ebooks or audio books too (in fact – I have some mid series because I caught them on good sale and thought I would read the series so might as well take advantage of the sale). I have to highly recommend you read CV and Mercy Thompson since you have the 1st books (obviously, if I preorder them I love them!) The first CV is only ok but the series gets better. The first Mercy Thompson is fantastic!
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