What, me? Preorder?
Pro. You don’t risk forgetting; the book is on your doorstep the day it goes on sale.
Con. If forgetting is a problem, you may preorder the same book twice; I’ve actually done that.
Pro. You can be in the literary forefront, the first of your friends to read a book.
Con. If you end up hating it, the letdown is worse.
Pro. Bookstores get a leg-up on how many copies to order.
Con. If you preorder at one store, then find the same book selling for less elsewhere, you feel gyped.
Pro. Since preorders consolidate several months of sales into a single day, they can propel a book onto the bestselling lists.
Con. If preorders inflate a book’s popularity, an author may be devastated to find that those first-day sales are as good as it gets.
Pro. Healthy preorders may drive the publisher back to press for a second or third pre-publication printing.
Con. If the publisher is overly optimistic, books in those additional print runs may sit unsold.
The bottom line? Speaking as a writer, preordering is the best thing in the world. Please, please, please do it.
But I’m also a reader, and your friend. Speaking in those capacities, I’d say that if I like the author enough, I’ll preorder. If I want to support her, I’ll preorder. If I’m going on vacation and am desperate to take the book along, I’ll preorder. Otherwise, I’ll wait until I’ve read a review.
Okay. In the case of your choosing to wait, I’ve shot myself in the foot here. But at least you know I’m honest.
Speaking of honesty, did I miss any arguments, pro or con? If so, what?