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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.


Jun. 29th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
And it's still not over. Several German posters on Westeros have reported that several bookstores in Germany have put the book on the shelves and are selling it openly. So I'm going to guess that the 180 figure is going to go higher.
Jun. 29th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
That really sucks, Wert. It not only increases the chance of somebody deliberately trolling the Web to spoil unaware fans, but it also increases the risk that the book will be copied and pirated.
Michael Schulze
Jul. 1st, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
Why bother to copy the book if you can have the 1040 pages hardcover-edition for just 15 Euro, thats less than 1.5 cent per page. To copy the book oldstyle with a photocopier, or even to print a scanned version with a laser-printer would cost conciderably more for paper and toner than the book itself. As for pirated PDF-versions made from real books: Those are barely readable in most cases because of bad scanning quality. People who are that desperate to read those would not buy the book anyways.

I cheered when I got the Amazon-E-Mail, sadly I'm not one of the lucky 180 as it seems. Now I have 3 days free time I cleared for reading the book.

I want the publishers head on a spike, if he is such a cruel sadist to torture people by withholding the books when it seems like they could have been delivered at least 2 weeks earlier. In my opinion the publisher messed up.
Towers Rice
Jun. 29th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
There are also a few listings on ebay, presumably members of the lucky 180 who are flipping it for a profit. I don't know if much can be done about those, though.
Jun. 29th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
They may simply not know there's an embargo on the release date. Heck, I - as a fan who hangs around on some fansites - didn't know there was until Mr. Martin's reaction to my comment on his LJ about getting the book early. It probably takes a big fuss about such things like in case of the Harry Potter books with their midnight release parties and all, for every little indie bookseller to 'get' it. I'm sure next time the book boxes will have a big, fat sign: Nicht vor dem 12. Juli öffnen! :)

BTW, I suppose fansites like Westeros are safer places the next two weeks than Facebook and others, because the mods there will make sure nothing leaks.

No spoilers from me, I promise.
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
My understanding from booksellers is that when there's a hard release date, it is written all over the box NOT to release until said date. At least in the US.


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