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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.

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daspin93
Jun. 30th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
Lucky this time
I am also one of the lucky ones!

And while I understand that this is more than annoying for the publisher, I can't help feeling happy and I certainly can't help starting to read right away. And no, I will not post a single word before the official publishing date. I have even resolved not to even look at the special spoiler section of the German fan board so as not to tempt myself at all.

But hey, I was one of the very unlucky ones with regard to the Dabel Brothers Calendar desaster, being charged in full very early on, not receiving a calendar from DB, and not receiving any answers to multiple emails and messages left on their answering machine at all.

I now feel fully compensated.

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