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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.


Bryan Mannion
Jun. 30th, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)

I've been following the blog for nearly 5 years now, but never posted, and after the TV show came out didn't want to join the influx of new users.

This is really sad. What is more sad is that someone is probably going to make hundreds of dollars on ebay for George's hard work. Not to mention it's only a matter of time until the book itself leaks online now, further hurting Mr. Martin.

I am truly sorry, and I will likely not be visiting any websites at all until I can buy my own book. You should sue Amazon for every illegal torrent download completed.

Also, in an honest opinion, and as a fan, you would be much better off allowing the release to happen now. Holding back will hurt sales, as impatient readers who normally would not, begin to download TORRENTS of the book. I will be honest, it's hard not to search and download it now, and buy the book later. Only my intense respect is keeping me from doing it, but how many people will download early, and buy never? The series is now too popular to escape attention of the pirate community, and "trolls" who want nothing more than to ruin the book for as many people as possible.


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