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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 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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