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Amazon Screws the Pooch

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People are posting all sorts of off-topic comments on my Miss USA post, below, so I am going to close that one and address the news about Amazon.de here.

Yes, I know, Amazon Germany screwed up big time and started shipping A DANCE WITH DRAGONS before they were supposed to. I am told that about 180 copies got out before they were made aware of their mistake and shut down shipping.

I am not happy about this. My publishers are furious.

If we find out who is responsible, we will mount his head on a spike.

Some other retailers are making noises about releasing their own stocks early, using the Amazon error as a justification. They are not supposed to do this. If you hear of anyone actually selling or shipping copies in advance of the publication date, please inform me ASAP.

I know that the 180 readers who got advance copies are happy about this, but I assure you, my publishers are not. And thousands of other readers are now getting spoiled, most quite inadvertently and unwillingly, as they stumble over the spoilers cropping up everywhere on the internet. (Some of the spoilers being posted are false, by the way). Most of those "lucky" 180 are keeping mum, to be sure, but there are always a few jerkwads in any group, and those are the ones who cannot keep their mouths shut.

A mess all around.

All I can say is, pfui.

Comments

wannablessedbe
Jun. 29th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
This seems to happen during every major book release. Harry Potter and Mockingjay had the same thing. Maybe time to start holding these stores and sellers more accountable?
saxster
Jun. 29th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. Fine. Prosecute. Remove contracts.
spitphyre
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
It's human error, it happens in every job. I am sure that someone who hadn't heard of these books started grabbing the wrong box and just started going. 180 aren't that many. I don't think it's fair to hold a whole organization accountable (especially at a time when these companies are failing left and right which is BAD NEWS) for something one or two employees did.

Seriously. If you work in a restaurant the chances are that you will screw someone's order up, put the wrong one out first or drop something at some point are really high. Do you expect the restaurant to get punished? No. Hell, you don't even hold the waiter accountable usually!

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