Pre-Order Headaches

Hey all you wonderful humans! This is going to be a different post than what I normally put up, because I need to air out some thoughts and I hope you guys can help me. 

I’ve never been one to really pre-order books before. The last physical book I think I pre-ordered was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. I’ve always been busy or haven’t had the funds to do it. In recent years if I pre-ordered a book, it was the Kindle version because I wasn’t picky and it was cheaper. But this year, I decided to get ahead of the game a bit and finally sit down and pre-order some select physical books that I knew I needed to have. 

I decided to go through Amazon because Amazon has a guarantee release day delivery and the boyfriend has Amazon Prime. Here’s where my troubles began. 

My first pre-order issue was the Throne of Glass collector’s edition. I received an email about two days before it was supposed to ship to me saying it would be delayed about 1-2 WEEKS. So I said NOPE, and was able to cancel the order real quick and order through Barnes & Noble instead. 

My second issue was also with Amazon, and it was for my copy of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch the email in time and the book shipped before I could cancel it. The book showed up a week late. 

After this second disaster, I went and cancelled all of the physical books I had pre-ordered with Amazon and instead planned on pre-ordering them through Barnes & Noble, which is what I did with Queen of Air and Darkness — Cassandra Clare’s new book. 

Well. My book is still not here. I know it’s been a weird week for the postage service (Wednesday was a holiday for a former president’s funeral), but now my estimated delivery date has disappeared and I cannot find any information about my package at all. All I could find was that it was sent to UPS on December 3rd. I know, I know, it hasn’t been that long, but this is the third time this has happened to me so you can probably understand why I’m a bit frustrated. 

I guess I just don’t understand what the point of pre-ordering a book is if I don’t get it on time? I know there are incentives sometime with the publishing companies to get free items if you submit your pre-order receipt — which I will admit, was a huge incentive for me to do this. But if this is what I have to deal with all of the time, then I guess I’m done pre-ordering books and will just visit Barnes & Noble on release day to snag a copy in person. 

What do you all do about pre-ordering? Do you do it or do you wait until release day and buy it then? Do any of you have any tips or tricks on how to have successful pre-orders? Sorry to rant to you guys, but I’m just so frustrated and would love any advice. Because I want to stop this from happening. 


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9 thoughts on “Pre-Order Headaches

  1. I don’t pre-order many books, but on the rare occasion I do, I just go to Barnes and Noble, order it in store, and they set aside a copy for me when they arrive. I only have a problem pre-ordering through indie bookstores, and that’s usually because the warehouse doesn’t send it or something. With the books I order online, I always seem to have some weird shipping thing happen with the tracking. Like, the last book I ordered was en route from Minneapolis for three days with no updates, and Minneapolis is only six or seven hours away. The vagaries of book shipping always baffle me.

    1. I’m glad I’m not alone, and I don’t understand it either. I think I’ll do what you do and go into Barnes & Noble and just pre-order it in person if it’s a book I really want. I normally just pre-order the ebook, but some books I want the physical copy. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

      1. You’re welcome! I’ve also started using B&N’s ‘buy online, pick up in store’ feature. It’s useful when I am on there late at night. Order the book, and it’s there for me the next day (assuming my local store has it in stock).

      2. I did see that as an option! I might try it out for my next pre-order and see how it goes. I’m just going to go after work today and buy Queen of Air and Darkness. I work about 4 blocks away from Barnes & Noble so it’s easy to get to. Thanks for the tip 🙂

  2. I’m in Australia so I never get anything on time if I preorder. (I’m still waiting for my Nov FairyLoot box to turn up.) But the bookstores here are pretty good so if I want something on release day then I’ll go get it in person. Other than that, I just order a lot of books through book Depository and know that they may turn up whenever.

    1. oh no! That’s a bummer. I know a few friends have had good luck with some of our bigger independent book stores in Seattle, so maybe I’ll try it once and see how it works. But I think I may just be done pre-ordering things unless it’s a Kindle book.

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