Discussion: Do you pre-order?

Posted February 6th, 2019 by in Discussions / 6 comments

Pre-orders are kind of a big deal for me right now. When I lived in Illinois I very rarely pre-ordered any books at all. Mainly I was buying Kindle books and you’d be amazed at how often those Kindle prices drop. For one of the books that I wanted to read but didn’t pre-order I would have paid $14.99 on release day and within a month there was a price drop down to $4.99. I also had a fantastic library so there really wasn’t a reason for me to pre-order. My library had most of the books I wanted to read out on release day. There was rarely a time delay. I absolutely pre-ordered books that I was already keeping for a series or from my favorite authors.

Recently; however, I’ve been noticing a trend in myself. I don’t love my new library in my new city even half as much as the one in my hometown. I don’t know if its because I don’t know it enough yet to love it like my old library. I do know that the staff aren’t as chatty as my previous library and that makes me feel differently about my library trips. My new library is also substantially smaller than my previous library. And the rules for inter-library loans (yeah that’s new for me too) are pretty strict. I can’t even begin to tell you how sad this makes me because this has never been a thing for me. Being surrounded by books has always been a good thing.

To cope with this I’ve been pre-ordering books that I know I want to read but I’m unsure of if my library will be getting them in. They do have a great feature on their site that lets you know if they have a book on order. However, for instance, Angie Thomas had a new release that came out yesterday. On Sunday it still wasn’t “on order”. I know that I’m going to be wanting to read that one pretty quickly and not wait the requisite six months to get it through inter-library loan. Same situation for Jeff Zentner’s new novel coming out at the end of the month.

I actually have both the Kindle and physical copy of every book I want to read pre-ordered. I never know which format I’m going to want. Right now physical books are getting me the most for my money so that’s the route I typically go. There are instances, like Nora Roberts’s last book in the Year One series, where the Kindle copy is almost half the cost of the hardcover. I already have books one and two on Kindle so it only makes sense to go that route.

Do you pre-order books? If so, which ones? If not, why not?



6 Responses to “Discussion: Do you pre-order?”

    • Stephanie

      Yes it does!! I admit I’ve scaled back some of my preorders but I did keep my absolute favorites and the ones I might have a hard time getting a hold of shortly after publication. 🙂

  1. Lover Of Romance

    Honestly, I rarely preorder books mostly because with a couple of weeks even the prices drop so unless its a book I am really wanting and don’t want to wait on, then I will but its rare for me.

    I am sorry to hear about your library, I am lucky to have a great selection of romance in print at my library. But I also have a membership at the Brooklyn Library for their online collections since my overdrive isn’t great, and its the largest romance selection.

      • Lover Of Romance

        Yes that is why I just signed up this weekend for it. Here is the link to their overdrive so you can see how much content they have https://brooklyn.overdrive.com/search?format=ebook-kindle&subject=77&sortBy=relevance

        So you go onto their main library page, click get new library card, then they have a option for out of state residents and you sign up for that. Then they send you an email and mail you your card. They send the information in the email so you can pay the fee which is $50 a year and then send a email or fax of your I.D. and then voila, once they confirm your information and then you can start using their online database. I don’t know about your online resources but mine is only about 5,000 in romance and their collection is over 30,000 so in my mind its definitely worth it. So I would browse their collection first and see if its something that would suit you. I know it has a lot of goodies especially in romance.

        • Stephanie

          Thank you SOOOOOOOOO much!! That day I signed up for a Brooklyn card and I’ve been happily strolling through their ebook collection for about a week and a half now. I get pretty excited when I see something I can check out! I was number 274 or something on the John Grisham book released in October with 2 copies for my library. With the Brooklyn card, I’m expected to have it within 3 weeks. I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am. Thank you!!

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