'The Winds of Winter' release date soon; new ISBN registry number and placeholder spotted on Amazon France

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Fans will be delighted to find out that the highly anticipated sixth novel in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga, “The Winds of Winter,” will seemingly arrive imminently.

A Reddit user noted that a new International Standard Book Number had been added at the ISBN office by Penguin Random House which could mean that the upcoming book may launch soon. It is believed to be legitimate as the prefix of the registry “9780553801538” checks out with the Global Register of Publishers for the said publishing company.

However, Digital Spy also suggested that readers may have to wait a little while longer for the latest installment in the franchise. Apparently, HarperCollins also registered an ISBN number a year ago which was also thought to refer to the new entry.

Aside from the ISBN registration, what may have added to the assumption that the book may have been finally completed by author George R.R. Martin is the alleged listing found on Amazon France. The retailer recently set up a page not to just take orders but also to seemingly suggest a potential release date scheduled for March 9, 2017. The price per copy is at 9.94, which is about $11.19.

Winter is Coming shared that before anyone gets their hopes up, it should be taken into account that Amazon regularly makes pages for releases despite having no official announcement from the writers and publishers. They also use placeholders on their online pages which is deemed to have little to no basis in reality. Moreover, Amazon France’s other big sister sites such as Amazon UK, Amazon Germany and Amazon US do not have placeholders for the novel yet.

On the other hand, Martin appears to be still working on finishing the manuscript. During a correspondence with a fan on his personal blog, Martin was asked if he will attend Con of Thrones slated to take place in Nashville, Tennessee from June 30 to July 2, 2017. He replied that he may not grace the event and explained that he will not participate in any new conventions until he is done with “The Winds of Winter.” He added that he will only appear in future World Science Fiction Conventions (Worldcon) and some other events he already committed to years ago.