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Paperbacks Are Coming

Yes, it's true.  Your wait is over.  A DANCE WITH DRAGONS will finally be published in paperback, next month.

(Have you guys really been waiting?  Really truly?)

The paperback release has been delayed again and again, I know.  (Believe me, I've received a lot of emails about it).  This was done largely at the request of the bookstores.  The hardcover was still selling strongly (still is, actually), so they wanted the paperback delayed.

But no longer.  On October 29, Bantam Spectra will release DANCE simultaneously in trade and mass market paperback editions.

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And yes, the paperback will include a preview chapter from THE WINDS OF WINTER.  (Though at this point it has been so long that I've forgotten which one it is).

October, by the way, looks to be a huge month for me.  Besides the DANCE paperbacks, I also have OLD MARS coming out that month, and the MEATHOUSE MAN graphic novel, and a little Xmas book called THE WIT AND WISDOM OF TYRION LANNISTER.  But more about that one later.

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missjaneregrets
Sep. 15th, 2013 04:00 am (UTC)
I've been considering getting an e-reader just to make it easier to read DANCE.

And that sound like the best Christmas present ever'
krakenblood
Sep. 15th, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister? That book sounds amazing! Be sure to tell us more when it gets xloser
yavannie82
Sep. 15th, 2013 05:15 am (UTC)
I am confused by this. My ADWD is a paperback and I bought it shortly after release... Was there a small paperback edition or something? I live in Sweden, and I've yet to see the Swedish translation in paperback (waiting to buy it for my mum), but my English one definitely paperback and already bent out of shape from being read a few times!
Ryan Borchers
Sep. 15th, 2013 06:49 am (UTC)
Great avatar.
bart_calendar
Sep. 15th, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
I'm nearly positive my local English language bookstore in France has had the paperbacks of DWD on the shelves for about a year now.

Are they pirated copies? They are broken down into two editions with half the book in each addition.
djuffin
Sep. 15th, 2013 05:59 am (UTC)
My heart stopped when I read "Your wait is over".
bardtk
Sep. 15th, 2013 08:18 am (UTC)
Mine too, for a second. Maybe he did that on purpose...*angryfistshaking* Ah well, at least I'm awake now and have some other things I can look forward too. ;)
dragonrider7
Sep. 15th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
This post confuses me because I bought ADWD in paperback more than a year ago. Unless they're releasing it as one book rather than two?
Can Sarihan
Sep. 15th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
I don't get it. I saw many a paperback A Dance with Dragons in a bookstore near me a moon's turn ago. I read the preview chapter too, it was Theon's.

(Love from Istanbul)
bardtk
Sep. 15th, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
These are the UK paperback editions. I bought one too (I'm from Germany), but sadly it didn't include the Theon preview chapter.
(no subject) - furry_gremlin - Sep. 15th, 2013 09:58 am (UTC) - Expand
maethona
Sep. 15th, 2013 07:08 am (UTC)
Same here in Germany. Bought the paperback version form amazon Germany in March 2012 (Bantam Books) for a friend of mine. But great news for your readers in the US. I must confess that I prefer reading your books on my kindle, it's just more conformtable and my paperbacks on my shelf stay in shape.^^
Also, "The Meathouse Man", I loved the this story, when I was reading "The Living Dead", I really exicted to see it as a graphic novel.
bastun_ie
Sep. 15th, 2013 07:35 am (UTC)
Trade paperback

Yup, out in paperback in Ireland, too (though we're probably the same as the UK for publishing.

But - what is the point of trade paperbacks, as opposed to mass market?!

Hardbacks at least provide some protection to the book. Mass-market paperbacks are lighter and convenient. But trade paperbacks have all the extra size and inconvenience, and most of the weight of a hardback, and none of the extra protection afforded by a hard cover. The print is the same size in both. So it seems we get all the disadvantages of both other formats, and none of the benefits of either. Which I suppose is fine if the reader has a choice of formats and likes the larger format, but less so if - as seems common nowadays - publishers insist on only making the trade size available for several months. The upshot for me is if it's not available in hard- or mass-market size, I won't buy it in physical form - and the bookshop loses a sale.
piotrazub
Sep. 15th, 2013 08:20 am (UTC)
paperback re-read&
Strange thing has happend to me. I've started re-reading a AGOF, got to the point when Cat meets Ned in the King's Landing, so some 200 pages deep, and I don't feel like being hooked.

At least, not in the way I used to be. It is quiet a different read. More contemplating I would say.

And, by the way, I like the paperback edition. The hardcover of ADWD is too bulky for me.

Regards form the City of Kings&Dragons

Edited at 2013-09-15 08:25 am (UTC)
ivysoul
Sep. 15th, 2013 08:43 am (UTC)
The paperback for this one has been on my shelf for aaages....how's that possible??
GeekFurious
Sep. 15th, 2013 09:07 am (UTC)
Arrrgh
For a second I thought this was an announcement of something else. My little heart fluttered. Must read headlines first. Must read headlines first.
cerseilannister
Sep. 15th, 2013 10:32 am (UTC)
So I take it the preview chapter is Selmy? Lol I hope it's not one you've read. Not that I haven't been keen to get a peak at those, but a character not involved in Meereen and who isn't Arianne or Theon would be nice to read about.
nemophilist
Sep. 15th, 2013 10:41 am (UTC)
More Tyrion is always a good thing! And I do love paperbacks, but I'll always prefer hardcover. It just feels more like a book. But paperbacks you can put in your pocket, so!
hummelchen3
Sep. 15th, 2013 10:49 am (UTC)
Talking about The wit and wisdom of Tyrion Lannister like an afterthought :D
Can't wait to hear more about THIS book!! I've owned the Dragon paperback for at least a year now. Ordered all five books in a boxed set back then. But of course it's great that now everybody has the chance to get one :) The extra chapter a huge encouragement for buyers of course ;) I will have an argument with myself again I guess. Until now I could resist to read or get a summary of any released WOW chapter. Let's see how long I still can withstand...
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