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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 07:22 pm (UTC)
Hi there. Brand new reader - I can't believe I didn't find your books sooner. I read an old short story of yours in an anthology of apocalypse stories and liked your writing style, and then I saw the first episode of the Game of Thrones series, and I knew I had to dive into A Song of Ice and Fire.

I am not yet through with the first book, but I am definitely hooked. I am so sorry to hear about this incident with your booksellers. As another poster mentioned, this has happened a few times in the past with other highly anticipated series. Clearly there need to be some repercussions or reprimands but in place when this happens - especially when bookstores start taking a leak as carte blanche to begin selling before the official release date.

It will be awhile before I will be ready to read A Dance with Dragons, but I wish you all the best and I am incredibly excited to find out what happens next. :D


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