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23 February 2012 @ 03:16 pm
On book release dates  
Since she's being specific, I'll be specific.

seanan_mcguire's newest book, Discount Armageddon, is due to hit the streets on March 6.

First-week sales are the only numbers counted toward best-seller status, and are apparently the numbers publishers look at when deciding whether to buy more books in a series.

Pre-orders through online retailers don't count toward first-week numbers, only copies purchased in and from bricks-and-mortar stores.

Two of the online retailers, for reasons known only to themselves, are ignoring the release dates and shipping pre-ordered copies of Discount Armageddon. This is bad, because it encourages people to buy the books early and from said electronic retailers. Thus, the first-week numbers go down.

To compound their bad behavior, one of the online retailers is shipping physical books early and holding the electronic version until the official street date. This is awful, because people who have to "wait" for their e-copy have decided that this is all Seanan's fault, and therefore she should be subjected to torrents of abuse and threats in her email.

Seanan's publisher is trying to make the online retailers CUT IT THE FUCK OUT, DAMMIT, STREET DATES ARE THERE FOR A REASON, but you know the bit about barn doors and horses.

Please: if you have any interest at all in the InCryptid series, starting with Discount Armageddon, please wait. Buy your copy between March 6 and March 12, from a bricks-and-mortar retailer if you possibly can. I realize that for some of you that's not possible; in that case, please consider ordering online from Borderlands Books, which will, if I understand correctly, sell you a *signed* copy sold during that all-important first week.

If you're not yet interested in the series, go to http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/tag/incryptid and start reading the entries labeled, "From A to Z in the InCryptid Alphabet". Or do a websearch on "Aeslin mice". *grin*

pingback_botpingback_bot on February 23rd, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Tom Smithfilkertom on February 23rd, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
Stupid online retailers, and stupid "fans" (the ones badmouthing her as if she did this, and did it to spite them). I invoked your excellent post in my own on the subject.
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Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on February 23rd, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
And I've added you back. :-)
barbarakitten_tbarbarakitten_t on February 23rd, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
Got this from Tom....Damn. I will buy a copy of the book (probably 2, as we have to have a paper copy and I will want it on my kindle) but not until MARCH 6, Dammit!!!!!
The Djao'Mor'Terra Collectivefayanora on February 24th, 2012 07:31 am (UTC)
According to a reply in filkertom's entry on this disaster, Amazon is now aware of the problem and has put a hold on the books:

"While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page, it is not currently offered by Amazon.com because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it's described here. (Thanks for the tip!)

We're working to fix the problem as quickly as possible."