Posted on September 4, 2019 at 4:46 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
We’ve had a few good breaks in our lives, but nothing like this: Hundreds of U.S. readers received their copies of The Testaments a full week early.
Penguin Random House said eight hundred books of Margaret Atwood’s hotly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale went out early “due to a retailer error which has now been rectified.”
The retailer in question? Amazon. That surely didn't help soothe the other booksellers who obeyed Penguin's strict embargoes:
Back in May, I signed an embargo agreement on behalf of my bookstore stating that I would "ensure that [#TheTestaments] is stored in a monitored and locked, secured area and not placed on the selling floor prior to the on-sale date."— Lexi Beach (@lexiatwork) September 4, 2019
(You can read the full thread here.)
Despite the leak, Penguin says the official publishing date will remain September 10.
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