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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. 30th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
Good (at the book being delivered early, not assholes who feel the need to post spoilers everywhere). There is absolutely no reason for strict on sale dates other than that the publishers can control publicity. The book is done; if a bookstore recieves it, it should put it out. Unfortunately, while a few years ago only a very few books would ever be strict on sale, now literally every book is. So go ahead, Bantam, be furious. As if you're going to lose any money from this.

And to all those who got the book early: Be happy! But please don't be dicks. We've been waiting six years for this book. I've waited nine years for a new Tyrion, Bran and Jon chapter, and others have been waiting eleven. Don't release spoilers. Don't run around the internet yelling "Tyrion killed Dumbledore!" Unless he actually does, which would be an awesome plot twist.

And seriously people, tattling on booksellers using this blog? For serious? Because if anything's going to make this right, it's some poor guy working for minimum wage at amazon.de or random bookstore #217 losing his job. Have fun putting their heads on spikes.


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