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I don’t know if I have shared this particular tidbit of my life thus far: I have shit luck. The italics are, unfortunately, needed in this circumstance because I really, truly, absolutely have shit luck. I could go into my sordid past and give you examples of said shit luck, but lucky for you, I won’t do that. I will, however, begin my preordering story.
Knowing that my luck is shit, and that I wanted to read The Raven King as quickly as humanly possible once it was released, I thought to myself: I probably need to preorder an ebook copy and a physical copy. Because, as per my shit luck, I knew that if I preordered an ebook copy AS WELL AS a physical copy, there was no doubt that The Raven King would be in my hands on release day.
This was a failsafe. This was a: I want to read a physical copy, but I will make sure that I can at least read a copy as soon as humanly possible.
So, I preordered my Kindle copy on Amazon. And then, I thought: where shall I preorder my physical copy? There’s The Book Depository, which has treated my quite fairly when it comes to preorders in the past. There’s also a certain Australian online bookstore (CAOB for short from now on), which has been both good and bad in terms of preoders in the past. However, being the supportive Australian I am, I went with CAOB.
Publication day came. My Kindle downloaded The Raven King. I had no email from CAOB about my preorder, so I went and checked the status – “more copies arriving soon”. Almost a week later, it says “we are temporarily out of stock. More copies are on order with our supplier”.
Preorders, in my view, are books that are put on order before publication date so they can be sent to you as soon as possible. I know for a fact that both the UK and US versions of The Raven King were published early, and seemingly as I preordered the book from CAOB no one who ordered it from them has received it.
What the hell was the point of preordering, of giving me the option to preorder, when there was no chance that I was going to get it in the week of release? It pisses me off a lot that I don’t even know when I will get my copy, whereas I know that people who ordered through TBD have already received theirs. I suppose this is what I get for being a supportive Australian. I won’t make that mistake next time one of my MOST ANTICIPATED TITLES OF HISTORY is releasing.
And there you have it: an example of my shit luck, and how even though I tried to prevent it from affecting me … it reared its monstrous head and came in full force anyway. And you also have my horrid preordering story, and the villainous background of my current fury at preordering in general and CAOB specifically. Oh, the joy. THE JOY.
What about you? How do you feel about preorders? Have you got any horror stories for me?