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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.


Towers Rice
Jun. 29th, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: books
Hahahahaha not the best day to be asking about German language books.
Jun. 29th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: books
Because of?

The "leaked" copies are the US edition like everybody else's too...

It will be half a year until the first half (yeah the german publishers split all the books because in german you have to add 30% to the page count) will come out in german there's not even a date out on amazon.de for this volume or if 9 and 10 will come out together or with some time in between them.
Steve Bennett
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: books
Guess I didn't think that one through... I genuinely am interested in some german language books - shipping is rediculous from .de websites.
Jun. 29th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: books
I do have a few German editions around here. Sure, we could offer you some. Write to Ty for details, this blog is not the place to discuss it.


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