Why would I want to pre-order a book?

Imagine Little Ludmilla has her heart set on the new Zombie Princesses in Space graphic novel. Or Bookworm & Ice Cream Addicted Partner is dying for the latest installment in the Ben & Jerry Murders mystery series. You go to get a copy the week after the books come out and...Oh no! All the stores are sold out!

Now imagine the same scenario, only you made sure to pre-order the books months before. The books come in. They are placed on the hold shelf with your name on them. You hand them with great panache to your loved ones and voila! You're a hero!

Does it cost more to pre-order?

Not at all. In fact, we discount select pre-order titles every month, so you might even save money.

Do I have to pay before I get the book(s)?

Yes. We will charge your card or Paypal account at the time the order is placed.

Why do I have to pay before I get the book(s)?

When you place a pre-order, we're promising to get the book in the store for you. But you might be one of 10, 20, even 100 people wanting the same book, and that's a lot of extra copies for us to bring in. Sometimes people change their minds, forget they ordered, decide to get the book elsewhere, etc., and though we love all the whimsical complexities of the human mind, we don't love being stuck with a lot of abandoned orders. So...

On a much more practical note, most credit card authorizations are only good for a limited time. If you pre-order a book 3 months before publication, the authorization to charge your card will have expired by the time the book comes in. This means we have to bug you to place your order all over again or call you and get the info over the phone, and do you really want that when you could just have the book handed to you as soon as it's in?

Can I cancel my pre-order?

Absolutely. Up to 10 days before publication, you can cancel your pre-order and get a full refund. After that, you can still cancel but we will only offer store credit. 

Which books can I pre-order?

Any books that have the words "Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now" under the "Add to Cart" button can be pre-ordered. If the button isn't there, it may be too far in advance or there may be a problem. Please contact us and we'll see what we can do.

I want the book shipped. Will it get there on the day of publication?

We would love to be able to guarantee that. But the publishers don't always get the books to us on time, and the postal service, UPS, FedEx can all be delayed due to weather, traffic, holidays, alien invasion, even chicken pox. So we can't guarantee the book will arrive on the exact date of publication. But we do promise to make every effort to get it to you as close to the publication date as possible.