A while ago Cait from Paperfury wrote an article about post ideas and one of the things she mentioned in there as an example topic was pre-ordering books. Which got me thinking. And counting.
In the first six months of the year, out of all the books I’ve hauled up to then, I pre-ordered ten books. That isn’t quite as bad as I thought it would be. To me it felt like I had pre-ordered about half of what I had bought, but that wasn’t the case. I never pre-ordered books until I became more invested in the book community. I never even knew it was possible to pre-order books before then to be honest. It was just not something I considered. But these days I am so far into our community that I live and breath books (and diapers on occasion as a mom, you know).
Pre-ordering seems to be a large part of our community. And I wondered for myself why I have started to pre-order. Please share below in the comments other reasons you might have to pre-order a book.
OH MY GOSH I NEED THIS BOOK NOW!
It is the feels that often make me pre-order a book. When a book I have been eagerly awaiting shows up online as avaible to pre-order, I cannot help myself. It is almost like buying the book normal. Except I have to wait. Months sometimes. But it is the act of having already bought it that feels satisfying to a point. A small point I suppose.
To support a (favorite) author
If you did not know, when you pre-order a book they count towards the first week of release sales if I recall correctly. So by already pre-ordering the book I support the author which is a great way. You could wait to release date, but hey you might be out of money or not be able to for any other reason. Pre-ordering makes things just a bit easier. And pre-orders also show ahead of the release date how much actual interest there is in a book.
For the above reason publishers and authors often offer pre-order swag giveaway. If you show a receipt of your pre-order you can get various type of pre-order swag. Signed bookmarks, bookplates, buttons and so on. Some of us do love our swag and it can be a great incentive to pre-order a book. I do have to say that I have not often done this as it is not always international.
One of the main reasons I love pre-ordering though is when you wait for the opportune moment, the price will be lower than the price on release date. Prices can often vary over the months up to the release date. I do have to say this does not count for Dutch releases as the Netherlands has a set price for books.
Surprise gift to yourself
What you say? Why yes, sometimes life might be so busy that you might have forgotten that you pre-ordered that book or that time is going quicker than you thought. And all of a sudden there is a package. But you hadn’t ordered anything, right? Surprise! Here is your pre-order! This has happened to me, I’ll admit.