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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

spitphyre
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Rat Bastards!
He is right on this, it's not a criminal act. Pirating is but these stores AREN'T pirating it, they're selling legally obtained copies of the book just early. Yeah, it's wrong, but it's not CRIMINAL.
nycfalcon
Jul. 2nd, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Re: Rat Bastards!
Of course it's not criminal because no crimes have been committed. However, if some locality or nation made it a crime then indeed something like this would be criminal.

I don't think this damages person or property or limits anyone's legislated rights. Therefore I can't see it being criminal.

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