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Bookstore Frustration Over Early Release of The Pale King

It's totally understandable that bookstores are frustrated over the early release of The Pale King. I'm happy for everyone who's been able to get their hands on a copy because it's a wonderful book (particularly overseas readers who often wait longer for international copies to be shipped to local stores), but I'm sad because this will have an impact on the excitement of the launch parties. The date gives readers something to celebrate, but it's not so much fun when the book's already out there...

Subterranean Books have already brought their release Party forward to April 1st 8:00pm (in case you were planning on going).

From today's New York Times:

Amazon and Barnes & Noble were selling the book on their Web sites on Wednesday, long before many bookstores would receive copies. Nicole Dewey, a spokeswoman for Little, Brown, part of Hachette, said the official on-sale date for the book was March 22, but the publication date — when the book is available everywhere — remained April 15. (A countdown clock on the Hachette Web site ticks away the days, hours and minutes until April 15.)
“I don’t really understand the confusion,” Ms. Dewey said. “This happens all the time. There’s nothing unusual about it.”
It was a distinction lost on many bookstores, who erupted in protest on Wednesday when they heard that Amazon was already selling the hotly anticipated book.
“Outrageous,” said Zack Zook, the general manager and events coordinator at BookCourt, an independent store in Brooklyn. “If stuff like this keeps happening, booksellers are going to start suing publishers.”
Kelly von Plonski, the owner of Subterranean Books in St. Louis, said she was “irate” after hearing on Wednesday that the book was already on sale. She had planned a midnight release party for April 14, the night before she thought the book was being released.
“I’m really, really angry about it,” she said. “Add it to the list of advantages that Amazon has been given.”

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