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Amazon Screws the Pooch

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.


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Jun. 29th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Ones luck is the others ...
Hello there,

I happen to be one of the lucky 180 people who've gotten their copies way to early. As it is, I have only known of this being an accident a couple of minutes ago, so a great part of the book has already been "devoured".

I sincerely hope, that there will be no assclowns trolling the internet with spoilers, but well ... 't might be better for many grrm fans to plug out their connections for a couple of days.

Personally I have not jet decided to continue my read or wait until july 12th. At the moment there is quite a battle going on between solidarity and greed.

greetings from lucky/accursed germany
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
While spoilers are obviously not something I want to see, I have to admit that finding out basic plot details would hardly ruin the book for me. I read the books in large part because of the masterful way in which the stories are told and the remarkably clever twists and turns in character interactions. The story itself delights me to no end, but if it were entirely about the story I wouldn't bother re-reading the series as often as I have.
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'm another of those "lucky" ones. I was totally surprised when I got the amazon delievery today, thinking "but the book is supposed to be published in July?"
I can only speak for myself: I won't spoiler anyone, but I definitely will enjoy reading the book... starting... now. ;)
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
I am a American Soldier in Germany. I ordered the Dance... ON AMAZON.COM USA!!! I am totally sorry that things are getting screwed up for you, but I would love an early copy of the book. After all, they are the best books I have ever read!! And, I wouldn't spoil anything.
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm slightly paranoid about the spoilers now. :( I'm going on lockdown to avoid them - and partly because there's a tiny part of me that wants to give into temptation.

But no, I can wait another two weeks. Besides, I have a re-read to complete before I can start 'Dance'.
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Gotta say, I love your icon!
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
I was so upset when I heard about this. I've been trying to avoid spoilers ever since then. I almost got spoiled this morning by a careless post made by a friend, now I am just scrolling past any long text posts just in case. I am staying away from forums and sites I usually go visit.

I have my copy on pre-order and I am waiting, trying to avoid spoilers. I am looking forward to going to the beach and reading it then.
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know this is bad for you guys, but OTOH I haven't been this excited about a book release since the Harry Potter midnight release parties! And whoever it was who took photos of every page of Deathly Hallows, the infamous carpet book - how obsessive was that? I never expected the mix of happy fannish anticipation and breathless fannish scandal to happen again in my lifetime. It's fabulous...from a certain point of view.

But I'm sorry for the publishers. I promise I won't cancel my pre-order if I see a spoiler, former scout's honor.
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I saw this today from my Westeros FB thread because I would not have known about it. I'm staying away from all online forums until I get my copy when it's officially published and I've read it from cover to cover. I HATE spoilers more than anything!!
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
Wow. Having worked for a publisher at one point... that's awful.
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
I can't be angry or even jealous of those who got the book before me: sometimes life throws you a piece of candy. As far as the spoilers go, you know they would be doing the same thing if they read the book in two weeks, as apposed to right now. Crap-baskets will be crap-baskets; that's an the world we live in. It does suck that some of them might have a head start on the rest of us though.

But I think what is most unfortunate about this whole mix up is it somewhat dampens the the event. WE ALL had been waiting to read this book and looming over us was JULY 12, approaching, slowly but inevitably. That feeling is somewhat diminished now and I think that is a loss. For us the fans, for George and especially for the publishers and retailers (the ones who aren't selling it just because they saw their neighbor start). It really is too bad.
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
Well, that sucks! I work at a public library and there were a few books (the last couple Harry Potters, for example) that I had to sign a waiver saying the book would not go onto the shelves or even out of the library until the release date or else we would not get our copies until after the street date. I had to sign this waiver because I unpack the books when they come in, so it was on my head if anything got out. We never let books/audiobooks/DVDs go out before their street date. Sounds like somebody broke a contract and needs to be smacked.

On a happier note, I'm hearing great reviews on the series from co-workers (I have to wait until it comes out on DVD as I don't have cable). I'm happy to tell them it is based on a wonderful series of books, so read them!
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Look at it in a positive light!
I know this will sound crazy but hear me out. I think it's better this way.

Let there be chaos and betrayal in the message boards!
Let random acts of cruelty by jerkwads bloom like a thousand spikes!
Let misery, injustice and righteous rage flow like rivers of fire!

That way, the release of your book will mirror the events in Westeros. What could be a more fitting welcome?

Please note how I didn't use any quotes from your books in this comment. I think I deserve credit for that.

ps: Tell your publisher sales won't be affected. We're all going to buy hard copies of the series and read them to our children at night. Mwahaha
Andrea Spencer
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Release Party
Very sorry that this happened. On a good note, I am very excited about the release and hope that my local bookstores are throwing a midnight release party...I'll have to check on that!
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
German booksellers on Abebooks
Yes, 5 copies are for sale. Perhaps a cease and desist e-mail is in order.
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Just FYI, there are rumours that your Australian publisher is set to release the book on Friday (July 1) rather than on the original street date. I can't find any definitive information, but saw it crop up in several places on the Net. So something to check out?

Given that I'm one of the people who has had this book on preorder for years, it really is frustrating to know it's out there two weeks early for some and not all. Granted it's a holiday weekend, but if the US/UK dates could be pushed up to the 5th, I think a lot of people would be happier (granted not you nor your publishers.)

Edited at 2011-06-29 09:34 pm (UTC)
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