Kindle pre-orders for ebooks is a very useful tool.
Even if it only stops you from rushing into publishing your ebook, it can help.
Publishing your new book is always a stressful time with so many elements to consider.
Will it work? Is it a good book? Will readers like it? Will the book sell? Did I get all the typos?
Pre-order gives you more time
With so many unknowns, it is impossible to know.
However, one thing is certain. If you rush your book to publication without careful planning, a disaster often awaits.
This is one reason why I think it is always a good idea to use Kindle pre-order publishing.
Pre-order is available on Amazon KDP and also on Draft2Digital and Smashwords.
It gives you time to think, adjust, change, modify, re-think, and make sure your new book is ready – for readers to buy and read.
Of course, you can also publish a print on demand paperback on pre-order.
Update: Createspace has closed down. You can now self-publish paperbacks with Amazon KDP.
Kindle Pre-orders and last-minute changes
But back to Kindle books and pre-orders.
There are many reasons to do this.
One is to allow time to build momentum for your new ebook by way of good book promotion.
You can use blog posts and social media posts to tell the whole world that you have a new, exciting ebook coming.
Secondly, it gives you time to make sure every little thing is right.
It gives you time to do one more proofread and take one more look at your cover.
Or one more thought about chapter one and if it should be moved to chapter three.
I mention this chapter move idea because this is what I did to a new book a little while ago.
My book was scheduled to publish in a little over three weeks.
But with the time I had after setting up my pre-order, I made this change, plus a few other small changes. I was happy to do this before my book was available for readers.
Time to focus
For some reason, pre-order publishing focuses your mind.
You can always correct errors and typos after publishing. But having the reassurance that pre-order publishing allows, you can correct these mistakes without anyone seeing them.
The only drawback, though, is that when your book is on pre-order, there is no ‘Look Inside’ preview on your Amazon book page.
What a pity, because how can potential book buyers judge whether to pre-order a book?
But this is where publishing in paperback comes in very useful.
When you publish a paperback version of your book, you will have a ‘Look Inside’ preview read for your paperback version. It takes a week or so.
I usually publish my paperback version a few weeks before publishing my pre-order ebook.
A few days after your ebook is published on Kindle pre-order, both versions are combined on the Amazon book page.
Then at least, readers can now make an informed decision by being able to access the paperback’s ‘Look Inside’ preview read.
Yes, I know it’s a very long workaround process for something that should be so simple?
In the end, though, launching your new ebook with pre-orders has more positives than negatives.
It gives you time to slow down, to get things right.
You can do a lot of pre-release book promotion to create as much buzz as you can.
You can also think, fix, perfect, and upload your manuscript again. Hopefully, it will be the final version.
Best of all, you can get ebook sales before your release date to give your book launch day a huge lift.
Related reading: What Are The Benefits Of Amazon Exclusive Distribution On KDP?