Er, it's ten minutes after midnight on July 12 and I haven't received 'A Dance With Dragons' yet. Miffed. Isn't this delivery all automated? Does it only kick in at 9am when they get into work? Bit naff...
I only impulse bought the book tonight because I got so excited at the idea of a midnight release in my own home without having to stand in the cold outside some supermarket. THAT is the future and the true potential of the Kindle. This has let me down. Does it matter if we are a few hours ahead of the Americans?
So if this isn't going to be available until 9 in the morning, I'll be at work by then, and be unable to connect to any network. I guess I'll be asking Amazon for a refund, in that case. It'd be easier to go out at lunch and buy a copy.
It's not just the pirate copies, the US copies that amazon.de leaked have sent spoilers scattering in the wind for weeks, and I've been looking forward to reading the book so I can stop having to dodge them :(
As for the kindle version, chalk me up as someone else who hoped to be reading it already. I know it never SAID anywhere that it would arrive at midnight but for some reason I really had assumed it would, and I'm honestly disappointed that it didn't. I stayed up waiting for it hoping I could make a start! Now by the time it arrives I'll probably be at work already :(
For anyone who owns an apple iOS device and has iBooks, you can download a sample chapter from the iBooks store. Shows the chapter headings, maps, dedications, and a prologue chapter which, AFAIK, hasnt been shown/posted online before. Should help to tide you over till whenever the actual Kindle release is.
I know it seems like sour grapes - oooh, I didn't get my copy at exactly midnight - but this has left a really sour taste in my mouth. What was the point in the Kindle version if we can't take advantage of Whispernet and all this expensive technology to get it straight away? I'm looking for a pirated copy now and will never pre-order from Amazon again. If this is the publisher's fault: this is why the print industry is going to fail in the long-term. GET WITH THE TIMES.
"Anyone know what time we will receive our copies?"
Someone mentioned 9am, though I'd be inclined to think that if they are following US time, it would be available before then (New York is only 5 hours behind the UK atm). I'd imagine if it's not available at midnight on amazon.com there would be a riot. Still this is shoddy.
Just going to remind everyone that they are still allowing you to cancel your order as of 12.57. If you're unhappy about this, speak with your wallet, cancel and get the print version tomorrow morning. Whether it's Amazon's fault or the publishers, this is unacceptable treatment for a whole country of readers and fans of this series.
Oop, scratch that, they took my money just as I posted this. Still no sign of aDwD though.