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Since announcing the official Ice & Fire App (see below), we've gotten a lot of questions, most of them concerning when and if the app will be made available for Android, and when and if it will be offering for sale in countries other than the US and UK.

I ran these questions past my people at Random House.

There are, alas, no plans at present to produce the app for Android. That is Random House's call, not mine. (I seldom use a cellphone myself, and don't know one from the other, so all such calls are made by folks more conversant with the issues involved). It is possible that may change in the future if there is sufficient demand, but please email Random House, not me. If an Android app is made available, you can get the update on www.suvudu.com"

As for availability in other countries, Barnes and Noble only sells apps in the US and UK, so the Nook version is only available in the US and UK.

Below is a list of the countries where the app is available for iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch).

. United States
. Canada
. United Kingdom
. Australia
. Austria
. Belgium
. Bulgaria
. Cyprus
. Czech Republic
. Denmark
. Estonia
. Finland
. France
. Germany
. Greece
. Hungary
. Ireland
. Italy
. Japan
. Latvia
. Lithuania
. Luxembourg
. Malta
. Netherlands
. Poland
. Portugal
. Romania
. Slovakia
. Slovenia
. Spain
. Sweden
. Switzerland

The Random House subrights team is currently looking into translation deals for non-English-speaking readers. But there is nothing to announce yet on the translation front. Sorry.


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Dec. 3rd, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, not available in Mexico? Hope it'll get here soon!..
Ana Carolina
Dec. 3rd, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Brazil :(
People here in brazil really wants to have this app. I use an american account at App Store so i got the chance to get and it is really amazing <3 But i feel sorry for all my friends that didn't got the chance to have access to this amazing content.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Russia?! :(
Dec. 3rd, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
The Nook Color/Tablet versions are written for Android. (All B&N readers run Android, but they may not advertise that.) Random House just would have to give the go-ahead to have the app sold in a non-B&N store.

Was there a licensing deal with Barnes and Noble to make the app exclusive to the Nook?
Dec. 3rd, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
And... Anybody seen Russia here? Damn!
Dec. 3rd, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Android users always get left out :(
Dec. 4th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Was just thinking the same thing. Still never gonna get anything that requires me to use itunes though, LOL.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update.

Are the WOIAF App entries considered canon to the Ice and Fire universe? There are several interesting details to be found.

Edited at 2012-12-03 07:36 pm (UTC)
Dec. 3rd, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Disappointing. Have a Kindle Fire and Android! lol.
John Erling Eriksen
Dec. 3rd, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh well, i guess fate realy dosent want me to have this app, since i live in Norway and are one of many that prefer Android too iOS.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
(This comment is directed at Random House, not GRRM.) UK, Canada, Australia, but no New Zealand, despite the fact that many, many other apps are available here. And no Android, whicb has over half of the snmartphone market. No wonder the publishing business is in trouble. Turning away customers is the definition of bad business.
Dec. 3rd, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
Liking the App -- some editing still needed
I just downloaded the app and browsed some of the free content. I really enjoy seeing all of the historical information summarized in one spot, but there are some errors in the tense of the information, with some entries written in the present tense and others mixing the past tense in as well. Here's an example from the "Riverlands" entry:

"Ruled by First Men kings in the Age of Heroes--including the Blackwoods and Brackens at various points--the last of the First Men to rule the Riverlands were of House Mudd, but they were defeated by an alliance of the Andal kings. After that, various Andal kings ruled the riverlands. Before the time of Aegon the Conqueror, the Storm Kings controlled much of the territory for a time, until Harwyn Hardhand wrested it from King Arrec. His grandson, Harren the Black, is the last ironman to rule the Trident. Chief among the riverlords who joined Aegon and his sisters against Harren the Black was Lord Edmyn Tully of Riverrun, who afterward was made lord over the riverlands by Aegon the Conqueror"
Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
Alas, no Israel
Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
People (as in companies) need to get their act together about this whole 'territories' thing. I can't buy/view/download/stream this, but my friend in the country right next door can? Or I can buy/view/download/stream but only at an extra charge, or I need to also be a customer of this other company? Or... I could just not bother/use this grey market over here.

The Oatmeal said it better: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones
Jake Blackwell
Dec. 4th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
who ya gonna call?
Who do I email to tell them to add Win Phone Support? I will start an aggressive campaign for it. aSoIaF for all!
Dec. 4th, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
Random House needs to get with the Android program.
Dec. 4th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
Random House, if you're reading this...
This is kind of insane. Especially after seeing that list of countries.

If you want to go international with your apps, supporting Android is an absolute no-brainer. I know this because I make apps for a living, but lookie here, I also have charts, graphs, figures and facts to back me up! Just look at all those pretty pictures.

iOS exclusivity is acceptable if and only if your market is the US. So come on, Random House, get 2 people, max, with Android development experience, or even just Java know-how (learning Android is not hard for any decent dev), and do this thing!
Dec. 4th, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)

Oddly, Mr. Martin's (bareheaded) LJ pic manifests strong Julian-Glover resemblance -- most particularly to Glover-as-Pycelle. I never would've guessed or affirmed such a statement, were I not seeing the similarity with my own eyes. Eerie.
Dec. 4th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
more people have android than apple. bizarre decision.
Dec. 4th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
Anyone got a nook tablet?
It may not be completely kosher to mention this; but it may be possible to pull the apk off from a nook tablet and install it on a stock 7 inch android tablet. It'd almost certainly work on a device running Gingerbread - maybe even on ICS or later.
Dec. 4th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
is this for real
Dear Geroge

I was just wonder if the this article was true or not. It states that your World of Ice and Fire book will be coming out in November, but from all of the dates we had with ADwD's I learned that your word is the only one I should trust. Thanks in advance, ha ha ha

Dec. 5th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Re: is this for real
That's the pub date, but like all pubdates it is subject to change. It all depends on when we finish and deliver the worldbook, and how long our army of artists, painters, and cartographers take to finish their part.
Dec. 4th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
I don't really use cell phones either, but boy, was I ever excited when I heard about this app. Sadly, my phone (which I family forced me into using for safety purposes) is an Android. :( I'd love to use the app and see how it works. It's still an awesome, awesome thing.
Dec. 5th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
GQ Article
Was totally jazzed to read the article, "THE YEAR'S BEST TELEVISION EPISODE" in the December issue of GQ. In a GOT season with a lot of fantastic episodes, must be satisfying to know that the one you wrote was singled out as the "best"!! Well, what could we expect - this is your fantastic creation and you are the master!

Was also excited to see the comment (yours??) that WOW is about half way completed? Looking forward to updates here or at your website.

Anyway, congrats on a truly magnificient GOT episode!
Dec. 5th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: GQ Article
Unfortunately, that's a misquote. I am working on WINDS, but it is nowhere near half done.
Dec. 5th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
Re: GQ Article
Either way, glad you're working on it (and letting us you know are). I think next year you'll get tons of it done, hopefully for a 2014 release. I just hope that it's going better than Feast / Dance were.

Also, I've been recommending one of your books for Christmas shopping - The Ice Dragon.
Dec. 6th, 2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
Re: GQ Article
And yet you are way ahead of Metallica releasing a followup to their 9th album... which was four years ago.
Dec. 5th, 2012 06:10 am (UTC)
Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Nook HD and HD+ are all android based (as is Kindle fire). So the biggest ereaders on the market will not have access to the app? Random House needs to rethink this choice.
Dec. 5th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Confused!
The app is available for Nook.
Dec. 5th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Could your assistant provide us with an email address for Random House so that we can make sure the right person hears our requests? I am an Android user and I want to buy the app! (In the parlance of the internet: "Shut up and take my money!")
Ray Feighery
Dec. 5th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
This is why I've stayed with the IOS Ecosystem. The App is great, I downloaded it yesterday and bought the 5 book pack for $4.99.

People complaining about Android support don't blame Random House. It costs money to develop an app and the return on investment for the Android ones just isn't that good. Android users have become accustomed to free apps with ads and are reluctant in most cases to pay.
There's also the issue of the fragmented OS...Android is to Smart Phones much as Linux was to PC's it was fun for developers but all the different front ends prevented a cohesive experience.

While Android users can claim more phones world wide the fact is there is no Single Android phone/flavor that outsells IOS. I've even started seeing Apps advertised as "For iPhone and Samsung Smart Phones".
Jan Stillfried
Dec. 6th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
Not available in Chile. =(
Dec. 6th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
not available in Mexico
Sadly I can't download it in Mexico even though I speak English. Dealing with the apple store is like dealing with Jaime and Cersei's inbred firstborn.

Mood: Angry
Dec. 10th, 2012 09:02 am (UTC)
I like the app, but it has several spoilers when crossing characters,

For example I set the spoiler alert to Clash of Kings, read on Joffrey and all the information was limited to the 2nd book. However, I asked information of Littlefinger and he gave me a big spoiler on Joffrey! Something that happens in the third book!

I guess several other similar errors must exist


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