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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 08:28 am (UTC)
Maybe now you should really anticipate the release date
Sorry if I'm copying someone else post but I'm way too frightened about spoiler for reading previous posts.

I think Amazon really screwed it up, IMHO now you should really release the book without any more waiting. The risk of story being spoilered or book being illegally copied is just too high.

I'm trying to be cautious but I can't refraining from using internet for two weeks. I'm actually working with it and even a minor spoiler would be really sad after 6 years of waiting...

I've pre-ordered the book on Amazon UK with express delivery cause I'll marry on 16th and will leave for honeymoon on 17th. A beautiful bride, Hawaii AND ADWD...well, a man could hardly ask for more. :)

George, it is one of the most appreciated gifts I'm going to receive! Really!

Yet now the story can be spoilered and it's just too sad.

George, thank you for considering the idea of an early release.


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