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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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cydor
Jun. 30th, 2011 11:02 am (UTC)
Praise for "nightfall 33"
Valar morghulis,

I would like to underline a comment from Japanese fan "nightfall33" who created a new Live Journal account only to share information about Japanese branch of Amazon duplicating a mistake of a German one.

I think this is an important piece of information - showing that false start of selling ADWD is not only a German problem but also an international one.

GRRM wrote:
"Actually, if you consider "surfing the internet" as the 21st century analogue of "walking down the street," spoilers ARE falling from the sky, in all kinds of unlikely places."

That is probably right but - thanks to the people like "nightfall33" - some of our internet streets are more safe.

Winter is coming


Cydor

P.S. "nightfall33" - I opened a new account on Live Journal only to make sure that your comment would not go unnoticed and to say: THANK YOU.

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