So here's my question.
Do you preorder books? And if you do, what are your reasons for doing it? Do you just preorder books from your favourite authors or do you do it for anything you're particularly excited about?
Honestly, this is a phenomenon I don't really understand. The last book I preordered was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and then I ended up cancelling my preorder because I went on the spur of the moment to one of the 'dress up like a wizard and queue up outside Waterstone's at midnight and have a picture taken of you holding a book' events and bought one anyway. I am speaking as a person who also doesn't really like or buy hardbacks though, so obviously I have no problem waiting to read things. Is it just the price reduction that draws you to preorder or do you like the feeling of being assured a copy as soon as the book comes out?
I sort of understood it with Harry Potter because there was that whole thing where they actually did run out of books and lots of people who wanted to read whichever book it was that happened with had to wait for a whole other print run to happen before they could, but as far as I'm aware that doesn't happen too often. Generally if you want to read a book all you have to do is go to a bookshop/ask someone/order it and there it is, and it's not like I'm going to run out of stuff to read while I'm waiting for the book to arrive or come out in paperback. I think we've already established that it would be a minimum of a couple of years before I'm even going to start looking like I might run out of reading material.
So those are my thoughts on the whole preordering thing, and I am genuinely curious to know what you all think about it and whether you do it or not and why (or why not). Let's talk in the comments!