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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 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. I'm seriously considering not visiting LiveJournal, Reddit and Tumblr until I've read the book myself, heh.
Jun. 29th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'd definitely stay away from tumblr and if you post any GoT related stuff and allow anonymous asks, I'd turn that feature off. There is someone (or several someones) going around and posting spoilers in people's asks boxes. Happened to me and a few others :(
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ugh, seriously? Thanks for warning me - I can live without Tumblr for 12 days!
Jul. 1st, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
Yes, stay away from Reddit. I was just spoiled in r/funny with someone randomly commenting in huge bold lettering. Not even their non-asoiaf places are safe. :(


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