Join 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?