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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.

Comments

Sebastian Hagedorn
Jun. 29th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm one of the lucky ones ...
... but I won't spoil the fun for any others.
da_ev0l_raine
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm one of the lucky ones ...
Me too, but I won't spoil either.
trayle
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
So am I...
...but how by the Seven can one fan possibly think of spoiling the fun for so many others?...I don't get it.
Besides, there's simply no time for posting spoilers. Not right now.
attilathepbnun
Jun. 30th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: So am I...
All hail the Silent ones!*bows*
Oliver Schmieding
Jun. 30th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
Re: I'm one of the lucky ones ...
same here...

but i'm wondering why this could happen at all? i mean, !!14 days!! - does it take that long to organize the shipping for a worldwide simultaneous release, or are the books already lying around at the "other" amazons, and the delay (from this end, it looks like one ;) ) has some other reason ?
shakauvm
Jul. 1st, 2011 09:50 am (UTC)
Re: I'm one of the lucky ones ...
I will.

SPOILER ALERT:
Dumbledore is made of chocolate.

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