Time for another nosy survey! You’ll notice that I keep my surveys short and neat, like shots of fine tequila. So grab some salt and a lime, and let’s talk pre-ordering.
I personally rarely pre-order books. I’m so forgetful, I’d see books turn up on my Kindle or in my download library online and wonder who had hacked my account. If I read a book review before the book is released, I might place it on my wish list or leave a note for myself, but I rarely preorder unless the preorder price is supremely good.
But many people I know preorder digital books and love when on a Tuesday, there’s a heaping pile of new books to read. So I started thinking about who pre-orders and who does not – and whether folks are more likely to pre-order a digital book or a print one.
I know a few people who would order paper books and pick them up on release date at the bookstore. I have definitely pre-ordered CDs and DVDs for my sons, as well as children’s books that haven’t been released yet, so that they’ll arrive on my doorstep on release day. Hubby pre-ordered Harry Potter books and then made sure he had an afternoon to read the book on release day by moving his schedule around. The minute the book box hit the porch, he was all over it.
I can’t think of whether I’ve done this for a book I have anticipated. I always figure the book will arrive at the precisely worst time for me if I order for future delivery, and I won’t have time to read it, no matter how much I want to. Better for me to order the book when its available, and download and read it the minute I’m ready to read.
What about you? Do you preorder books? Look there! What nosy bint through yonder website breaks? It’s me, with a 3-question survey!