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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 05:21 am (UTC)
Normally I am totally into getting spoilers ... but this time, I am terrified of being spoiled. I've been reading this series more than half my life - I was 13 when I took Game of Thrones out from the library, before ACoK came out. Now I've been waiting 6 years - 11 years for some characters - for this one. It's almost ... I don't know, maybe a sense of pride. I've waited patiently, I've persevered, I've reread the books a dozen times. I don't want to be spoiled, damn it! I still remember that feeling of awe and "oh my god I can't believe that just happened" when I sat in my bedroom, up all weekend, reading Game of Thrones, my mother bringing me food and telling me that I ought to be doing my homework. That is an awesome feeling, and I don't want some jerk on the internet to ruin that experience because they think it's funny.

It's one thing for the people who have it to post up spoilers under spoiler tags, or with the explicit warning of "hey, I've got a copy, and here be spoilers". But those who will just ambush people? That's just sad.


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