If you're connected into the book community and follow a ton of authors, I'm sure you're already well aware of why preordering books is so important, or maybe you just know it's good and aren't sure why. Maybe you haven't ever even considered preordering. I thought I'd write a quick post today about why preorders are good for you, your favorite authors, and the publishers who produce the book!
It's Good For You
Preordering books works for you in a lot of ways no matter where you get your books from, even if you aren't a major reader. The biggest plus for me, and the main reason I preorder a lot of books, is that I can't forget to buy it or forget when its coming out. If one of my favorite authors has a book that's coming out or if I fall for a synopsis, I try to preorder it if I can. I hear about so many books that I often forget titles that I wanted to check out!
Another benefit is that whether you forget or not, you'll have a book waiting for you on release day. Whether Amazon or Barnes and Noble is delivering it to your door or you're swinging by your local bookstore to grab your copy, you know that you'll be able to read it as soon as possible, and there's no chance you'll walk away disappointed. If you buy from an online retailer, you might also get a lower price than after release day.
Finally, as an added bonus, many authors run preorder campaigns where you can get extra special swag for submitting your receipts. These range from post cards to bookmarks or original art themed around the book or exclusive excerpts. While not every author does this, those who do give you the chance to get even more for the same price that you would pay if you bought it on release day or later.
For Authors and Publishers
Preordering is one of the best ways to support your favorite authors. Every preorder contributes to the book's first week sales total which publishers look at to gauge the buzz around their books and the New York Times list uses to see who gets a spot on the list. Preorders help generate interest on e-commerce sites like Amazon which may lead to the book being more prominently featured, and preordering it from your local bookstore demonstrates an interest in the book and might lead to them stocking more copies. Spreading the word and giving the book an early boost can be majorly beneficial to an author's career, especially if it's their debut.
There's no reason not to preorder, and it's so much fun to have books that you don't quite remember the publication date for show up at your house like magic! Of course, if you aren't in a place financially to preorder, you can still help by requesting that your local library purchase a copy. There are even a ton of giveaways that will take library requests along with proof of purchases as entries.
If you need some ideas about what to preorder, I'll leave a list of my current preorders and some suggestions for you below! I'll definitely be adding more as I learn about more summer books!
Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Going Off Script by Jen Wilde
The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibison
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
Michigan vs. The Boys by Carrie Allen
Link of Interest:
How It Feels To Float: Review Here
Into YA with Don Zolidis: Here
Guest Post with Kristy Fairlamb: Here
Heroine: Review Here