Many of the leading online digital book stores offer pre-orders for ebooks that are not yet out. Many tend to only focus on books that are coming out within a few months and most never disclose their actual sales figures. According to a recent data report Good e-Reader ran, readers overwhelmingly are quite negative about ordering books in advance.
When you order a real book in advance, often you get it a few days or a week before the commercial release. eBooks, on the other hand, don’t give readers any real benefits to ordering them ahead of time. There are no discounts or any really compelling considerations to ordering in advance, and our readers report that they simply don’t do it. This data report is a strong indication of the mentality of an average reader who buys both print books and digital ones.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.