What is the best way to secure a new iPad 3 when released?

I have never experienced buying a new Apple product, I have only seen the coverage of it on here and other tech news sites showing the lines of people outside of the stores. I am dead set on getting an iPad 3 and have been waiting for awhile for it, and really don't want to miss getting one from the first batch to be distributed. Does Apple offer a way to pre-order a new product online, or is the only way to get a new one by tenting out overnight? I'd REALLY like to avoid this since I live in Minnesota and don't want to sit in a snow bank in the middle of winter for a night. Any fanboy tips would be greatly appreciated!