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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 06:02 pm (UTC)
"If we find out who is responsible, we will mount his head on a spike."

I vote for cutting off his balls, and feeding them to the goats.

I am re-reading all of the prior books, preparatory to DANCE releasing for real. We don't have HBO (and can't add it to the budget now), but I'll be first in line when the DVDs release. Wishing you much success with both the new book and the series.
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
I will not spoil! I promise!
Yes, I'm one of them, the "lucky" 180.

But I hate spoilers and I'm affraid that some will mount his head on a spike, when I spoile. So I will keep my mouth shut.

When I became the e-mail yesterday, where amazon wrote, we send you A DANCE WITH DRAGONS today, I though this must be a mistake.
But this morning it really arrived, I couldn't belive it!
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
A little bit of irony
A little bit of irony, don't you think?

So much time complaining about the long delayed fifth book, and it ends being published early...

Jun. 29th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Re: A little bit of irony
Yes, there's definitely something karmic at work here :)

The whole story is really sad, though.
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Couldn't wait
I was impatient, so I sought the spoilers out. Ofc, I'm not gonna spoil the book for anyone who doesn't want to be spoiled so don't worry.
I just wanted to say, good job, George, you once again managed to do the exact opposite of what I thought you would do. This book is going to be epic.
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
early release
I was upset when I heard the news about the dam being broken as well. I have waited (almost patiently) for a long time to be able to read this story. I am positive that it will work itself out though.

I am in the camp that would like an early release, but I completely understand if this is not possible.
Alexander Wolf
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Got it!
Thanks Amazon. I got it.
And you, ser. Thank you.
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
If anyone spoils DwD for me they will be sent to the wall.
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
That's bad..
I talked to a friend from Austria this morning and he showed me an amazon-email (amazon.de) which said his copy of "A dance with dragons" would arrive on 30/06/2011.
Maybe he is one of the "lucky" guys.

My ebook version is dated on 16th of july.

good old, germany, my country is full of retards. :(
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Hi there. Brand new reader - I can't believe I didn't find your books sooner. I read an old short story of yours in an anthology of apocalypse stories and liked your writing style, and then I saw the first episode of the Game of Thrones series, and I knew I had to dive into A Song of Ice and Fire.

I am not yet through with the first book, but I am definitely hooked. I am so sorry to hear about this incident with your booksellers. As another poster mentioned, this has happened a few times in the past with other highly anticipated series. Clearly there need to be some repercussions or reprimands but in place when this happens - especially when bookstores start taking a leak as carte blanche to begin selling before the official release date.

It will be awhile before I will be ready to read A Dance with Dragons, but I wish you all the best and I am incredibly excited to find out what happens next. :D
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
I should be a "lucky one", too, I guess. But I didn't expect the book this early, so I still have FFC to reread, haha...
Peter Goldson
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
How long until its scanned and torrented?
Its obviously more than 180 copies and more than in just Germany. Once one person scans the book and uploads it before the 12th, eBook sales are going to plummet. Unless there are legal reasons for not doing so (for instance, not all retailers have received their copies), there is no reason not to push up the release date.

Personally I don't care about spoilers but everyone else seems to care. At this point I don't see the logic in waiting until some arbitrary date to release the book. It can only hurt sales and fans.
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
Re: How long until its scanned and torrented?
Exactly. When Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows got into the hands of people only a few days prior to the release date, someone photographed every page and put it up on the Internet. The infamous "carpet copy" of the book was in pretty much everyone's hands before the actual book was even in the stores. At the UK book release party I went to, I'd say at least half of the people there had already read it in its entirety.

This is two weeks. That's pretty much an eternity in Internet time. Even if people have their books on preorder, there's no way the majority of fans won't be taking the opportunity to read it early if they can. The smartest thing the US and UK publishers could do is release it early, at least to those of us who pre-ordered it in good faith (in some cases, like myself years ago).
Re: How long until its scanned and torrented? - ragdoll - Jun. 30th, 2011 07:45 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: How long until its scanned and torrented? - ryvka - Jun. 30th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 29th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
You should chop their cocks off and feed them to the goats!
Jun. 29th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Apparently amazon.jp is shipping as well.
Jun. 29th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
I got spoiled (what is seen cannot be unseen!) BUT I'm not sure if the spoiler was genuine or someone trollin'--it seemed to involve something going right for a character. That said, I also thought "Albus Severus" meant that the spoilers I was given for Deathly Hallows were fake... now I don't know what to beileve =|
Jun. 30th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
I would discount it and see what happens on the 12th of.July
(no subject) - pocketfulofposy - Jun. 30th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 29th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
It's unfortunate, but these things do seem to happen. I can hardly recall an eagerly awaited book that this hasn't occurred with.
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