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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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mr_jacobean
Jun. 30th, 2011 09:33 am (UTC)
It's all about the corruption of the spirit
Having read all the comments, I'd like to say that, for me, the problem does not actually lie in the appearance of potential spoilers or in my outrage at the rank incompetence of some guy(s) at amazon.de. What really grieves me is the fact that this whole mess has belittled the unique atmosphere of waiting for "A Dance with Dragons". We've all waited for this novel for so long, so has George (I'm so sorry that it happened to you, to the book on which you worked so hard) and we were finally given the date of its release. July 12 - the day of celebration, the whole world will once again reverberate with the sound of dragons' wings beating the air! I don't know about you, but for me it was, and in fact still is, a kind of a holiday, really. Thus, it pains me to know that it's been defiled, to some degree. It's just sooo sad, as simple as that...

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