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Good News for Old Blighty

My friends at Harper Collins Voyager have confirmed that the British edition of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS will also be released on July 12 of this year, simultaneously with the American edition.

(Please ignore what it says on Amazon.UK. I am sure they will get it right eventually)

Here's the British cover:



Publication dates in other countries will, of course, be dependent on the speed of the translations. Which cannot begin until I turn in the final manuscript. So I had best get back to that right now.

Cheers.

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Xevilious
Mar. 4th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping that it will make it onto the Google E-BookStore at the time of release. :)

I'll be buying a paper version too just to get it signed (assuming a book tour will follow the release???), but I'd like to do my actual reading on my tablet.
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parrismcb
Mar. 4th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: publication date (Spanish)
please see my reply above concerning all non-English editions. Yes, Gigamesh will be publishing DANCE in Spain. They do beautiful hardcover editions of the novels, and their translator has been translating George's work for years, so she knows a lot about George's style, and does an excellent job. I know she recently finished the translation of DREAMSONGS for Gigamesh, and was hoping for a break before the DANCE landed with a big desk-battering "Thud!". Back to work Christina!
Re: publication date (Spanish) - werthead - Mar. 4th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
renniek
Mar. 4th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Excellent news! Must get re-reading the series in preparation...
angelchrome
Mar. 4th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, sister who introduced me to the series! We should have a party for the release. Where essentially everyone sits around with drinks and reads quietly. Which, to be honest, is my sort of party anyway.
mattmanreturns
Mar. 4th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
It's a good year to be an Ice and Fire fan...
HBO show, Dance With Dragons, and a video game.
Paul O'Neill
Mar. 4th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Kindle edition?
Any plans for the new book - and the books so far - to be released on Kindle as well? The only thing I can find seems to be an unofficial version of book 1, and that's apparently full of spelling mistakes (only downloaded the sample, and saw four in that)
parrismcb
Mar. 4th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Kindle edition?
the Kindle edition of GoT has been revised recently. I know how you feel about the typos, I caught more than 50 without even trying when I did a read-through on the Kindle. Then I just gave up counting. All 4 current titles are on Kindle, both in the US and the UK.
Re: Kindle edition? - Paul O'Neill - Mar. 5th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
findmealone
Mar. 4th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Don't rush it, George. :) We are all just so excited to have a proper date. But really, don't stress x
angelchrome
Mar. 4th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
Sweet! If you think I won't take the day off work just to read at home all afternoon, you're wrong. Maybe the next day too.
marsastro
Mar. 4th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Cover
The new cover is awesome, but I really hope that they release the 2006 cover too so it'll fit my collection!

However, that is nitpicking. The content is what matters most and I simply cannot wait. I would suffer the depths of a thousands hells if it got me a day closer to the release. Oh, joy!
werthead
Mar. 4th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Important Clarification for British fans
I spoke to representatives from HarperCollins Voyager in October and they confirmed that the UK edition of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS will be in one volume for the hardcover and tradeback release, but, like A STORM OF SWORDS, it will almost certainly be split in two for the mass-market paperback edition.

British fans thinking on holding off for the paperback for reasons of cost are thus advised to get the hardcover, especially as it will likely be heavily discounted on release ;-)
arvernian
Mar. 4th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
I'm curious about one thing George if you're willing to speak to it. Last time around you announced that Feast for Crows was finished in May or June but it didn't hit the stores until November so there was almost half a year of turn around between finishing the book and the release.

You're not even done with Dance but we're being told the release date about 4 months out. Is this due to new enhancements in printing that have occurred in the last six years, a streamlined editing process or is the publisher pushing things forward on their schedule due to the greater relative success of Feast vs. Storm (Feast was an NY Times Bestseller, Storm wasn't) or the desire to take full advantage of cross promotion from the TV show?

Looking forward to the book and already arranging my schedule so I can get my hands on it as early as possible and read into the wee hours.
grrm
Mar. 4th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
FEAST and STORM were both NY TIMES bestsellers, but FEAST debuted at #1, while I don't think STORM ever got higher than #7. Mind you, nothing wrong with #7... any position on the TIMES list is pretty great...

No, no enhancements in printing that I know of. Where there's a will, there's a way.
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(no subject) - werthead - Mar. 5th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC) - Expand
letalisfortuna
Mar. 5th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
Good for you, Sir! I am happy to hear that you've finally completed this leg of your(our) journey in Westeros. I'm sure it will be worth the wait.
eran5005
Mar. 5th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Well
It seems i have to find a good bookstore in the UK that delivers all over europe, since i'm currently living in Hungary...
Even if i could read hungarian (which i can't even remotely - this language is impossible) i would still prefer to read it in the original language - which fortunately for me i understand well.
So.. July 12 it is :)))
musedmoose
Mar. 5th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
Just read about the release date and I'm beyond excited. Congratulations, Mr. Martin. I've already shared the news with both the people who got me hooked on the series and people that I got hooked on the series, and there's two co-workers I'll have to tell on Monday... I absolutely cannot wait for this. But at least there's time to reread the first four books between now and then.

I'm not sure if you've read anything by Jim Butcher, but you and him are two of my favorite authors, and his latest book comes out in July as well. If I can get through July without my head exploding from sheer literary joy, I'll be surprised. ^_^

Sorry for babbling, very excited over here.
Travis Wagers
Mar. 5th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
Kindle Edition?
Will a Kindle Edition be available by release date?
deliriousn
Mar. 5th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
Just wondering...I have the '98 Voyager paperback of A Clash of Kings. The print is so tiny it is a shame they didn't split this in two as well. Can anyone please tell me what is the best edition of aCoK in terms of size of font? Perhaps I should wait until the new edition comes out?! My eyes aren't what they were when I first read this! Thanks.
death_panel
Mar. 7th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
E-readers are really the way to go!
I have a Nook, and it is amazing. My eyesight is fine (for now) but I have the option of increasing font size through five more settings as needed.

The Kindle is fine too, I guess, but I am not really a fan of closed proprietary formats. The Nook uses Epub format, and can load pdf's as well, so there are many sources for ebooks. I certainly prefer that to being stuck with only what Amazon offers.

I am a dinosaur though, so I also have to have a hardcover on the shelf. I have a feeling that paper books will largely go away during my lifetime, which is sad, but at some level unavoidable.
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