'The Winds of Winter' release date news, update: Publisher reportedly registers new ISBN for upcoming novel

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The holiday season is almost here, and yet, George R.R. Martin’s “The Winds of Winter” is still nowhere in sight. Earlier this year, there were rumors that the sixth novel in the author’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series was going to be released later this year, yet Martin has still to announce an official launch date for the book.

Now, a new report claims that the book may be on its way as Martin’s publishers have registered a new International Standard Book Number (ISBN) for “The Winds of Winter.” According to Winter is Coming, Redditor Burnfyre pointed out that another ISBN of the novel has been registered with the ISBN office.

“I have no clue how long this has been,” said Burnfyre. “This is the ISBN: 9780553801538. I believe it to be legit. According to the Global Register of Publishers of the International ISBN Agency, the prefix 978-0-553 is in fact associated with the Penguin Random House.”

Martin’s U.S. publisher is Random House, while his U.K. publisher is HarperCollins. While it is unclear if the ISBN report is accurate, it still gives no indication as to when the book will be out in the market.

Earlier this month, fans of Martin’s novels were thrilled when it seemed as though the long-awaited “The Winds of Winter” finally got an official launch date. Amazon France had the book listed for a March 9, 2017 launch, which appeared to confirm that six years after the launch of “A Dance with Dragons,” the follow-up was set to be released next spring. However, Random House released a statement to Entertainment Weekly shortly after the listing was posted and denied that the date cited by the online retailer was accurate.

“As his publisher, we support George RR Martin as he works hard to finish ‘The Winds of Winter,'” said the publisher. “Any on-sale dates currently listed online for the novel are incorrect. Once we have a publication date for ‘The Winds of Winter,’ the world will know.”

Martin has always maintained that he will make the announcement himself once the book is done. On his last LiveJournal update regarding the book, the 67-year-old confirmed that he is still working on “The Winds of Winter.”

“Still working on book six…((and no, sorry, I have no announcement to make on that front)),” Martin wrote.