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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 11:54 am (UTC)
Spoilers coming from LJ Private Messages
Everyone needs to be careful about LJ messages and PMs from other sites- there is a person out there sending spoilers to people. Luckily I only saw the first one before realizing what it was and am taking it with a grain of salt, but it's still rather galling that someone would do this.

GRRM- if you need/ want more info, I can send it to you.
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Jun. 30th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Spoilers coming from LJ Private Messages
I marked it as spam and banned the sender.

Same here. I also changed my settings so only my friends can message me. I've been on LJ for almost 10 years and have never EVER used the message system, so I kind of forgot about it until this :)
Jul. 1st, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
Re: Spoilers coming from LJ Private Messages
What an unbelievable @$$hat over a person. Ugh.
Jul. 1st, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
Re: Spoilers coming from LJ Private Messages
you can set your message settings on LJ to receive only from friends, I strongly urge everyone to do that because of this person!
Jul. 2nd, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Spoilers coming from LJ Private Messages
I got the meggage too. What is worse is that this very guy wrote on this same thread and was sooooooo worryed for the amazon.de mishap! Wish I had some gold to melt... well, of course, for a guy like this one some rotting iron would do the same...


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