Tue
Sep 21 2010 1:02pm
Prologue to The Towers of Midnight on sale now!

As with previous volumes in the Wheel of Time® series, Macmillan is making the prologue for Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s Towers of Midnight available for purchase today, more than a month before the hardcover is released on November 2, 2010.

In the prologue, titled “Distinctions,” Lan Mandragoran rides on toward death; Perrin Aybara, Lord Goldeneyes, has a disturbing dream; Galad leads the Whitecloaks into harm’s way; one who has left humanity behind creeps through the Blight; and the Blight border faces invasion.

 The threads of the Pattern converge as The Last Battle nears and those who once thought themselves victorious find themselves ever deeper in shadow....

“Distinctions” will be available for $2.99 as either an ebook or an audio download from Audible. You can buy the ebook now, and it's compatible with nearly all e-reading devices, including the Sony Reader and the Kindle.

(For those who have already read the prologue, we ask that you refrain from posting spoilers here. Instead, hop on over to the open spoiler thread here. Thanks!)

40 comments
Ford75
2. Ford75
I understand some Canadians may be experiencing issues buying it? I had no problem through Sony's e-reader store.
Daniel Goss
3. Beren
It's sitting on my kindle app on my phone . . . which I can't have at my desk at work. So it sits, taunting me. C'mon, lunchtime!
john massey
4. subwoofer
Works great for me Kindle on PC from Amazon.

So worth the buy!

Such a good read.

Such a good harbinger of things to come.

Woof™.
Ford75
5. Dreamweaver M
Why in the world would I want to pay extra to be cliffhangered until I buy the actual release?
Ford75
6. joe heron
...but that cover... eck =(.

i'll wait for the new e-book cover.
Matthew B
7. MatthewB
The Wheel of Time series is one of my favorites, but i cannot envision a scenario where i would pay for a partial preview of a book.
Daniel Goss
8. Beren
@5 Dreamweaver and other naysayers.
Why does anyone pay any extra for early/extra access to anything? I do it because I choose to. If you choose not to, then don't do it.
-Beren
john massey
9. subwoofer
Why do it?

Simple- because I am a fan.

I do love this world RJ created.

Last go about I held out but it was my loss. I had to avoid the spoiler threads, I had to live with my head in the sand for over a month. All because I had issues shelling out 3 measly bucks. I decided to skip Starbucks today and invest in my passion.

And it was worth. Every. Penny.

Serious bombs are dropped here. And if you have read SSL, the whole book is incredible, so why not?

Woof™.
Ford75
10. Xar_81
Here a fan from Europe. I can't buy this on Amazon. Can someone be of assistence?
Ford75
11. NonAmerican
It's lovely that the book is for sale, and I would love to buy it and read it, but despite spending all day searching sites for it, none will sell it to me! Please just write in the announcement that it's not available to those outside US and Canada, so those of us living elsewhere can be spared the effort of searching for it! It seems the only way to buy it is to violate the terms and conditions of the sites that sell it and provide a fake address, which I'm not interested in. I want to buy it legally, but since that's not an option, I guess that means I go without the prologue. It would be very nice if the release note mentioned the unavailability, though
Brian Vrolyk
12. vyskol
Anybody have a pdf or other non-e-book format for sale?
john massey
13. subwoofer
I just downloaded a free Ap from Amazon and it worked fine for me on my PC.

Edit- Look Blind, lucky 13!

Woof™.
Brian Vrolyk
14. vyskol
Yeah, I see Kobo has a desktop app as well. Now to find a retailer that doesn't require a credit card!
Brian Vrolyk
15. vyskol
No dice on an alternate payment method. I guess I save $2.99.... :(
Karen Jacobs
16. KJacobs
Why buy the prologue?

a) Points to Sub @ #9 . . . What he said! :)

b) I. Just. Couldn't. WAIT.

This was the first time I've purchased a prologue, and it was SO worth it! Yes, it is a tease when we have to wait another 6 weeks for the book, but now I don't have to worry about trying to avoid any unintended spoilers on any of the other sites or threads.
Joanne
17. Joanne
@10
I could download the audiobook version from audible.com in Germany without problems.

It cost $3.50 though, but it was worth the money.
Ford75
18. NonAmerican
@17
Thanks for the tip! I normally use audible UK, didn't even know there was a German site for audible, but I see they have a whole bunch of books I've been missing on the UK site! They just gained a new customer :)
Ford75
19. Valere
Hello Tor, I'd very like to buy this, but I can't. I live in France, I don't have any sony Reader, Ipad, or Kindle or any other reader (and if I had a Kindle, anyway Amazon US won't ship it to France, and it does not exists in Amazon France).

This sucks. Just like #11 I just spent 2 hours searching!

Welcome to 20th century guys! I was able to buy the 3 previous ebooks prologue and not this one???
Ford75
20. NonAmerican
@19
Audible.fr have it in audio format, too. That should work :)
I, too wish that I could get the ebook, but I love the audio books, too, so I'm glad that works
Jaron Frenk
21. Freud
This is stupid and idiotic. The world isn't only the US. If you want to make money, you release it worldwide. If you want people to crack the ebook and read it for free, keep on doing this. You'll destroy your own market pretty fast like this. I just want to buy it and read it. I could read the previous prologue, and not this one.
T C
22. Freelancer
Have you folks outside the U.S. tried Barnes & Noble? They have several free ebook readers available, including two for PCs, and I think that the TGS prologue was available globally on their site. It's much easier to navigate than Amazon as well.

Realize that none of this is Tor's doing. What is and isn't available for global distribution is the province of the distributor, not the publisher.
Sydo Zandstra
23. Fiddler
@Freelancer:

I tried looking for that, but the B&N site didn't seem to offer the PC readers easily, in my experience.

However, I switched locations for my Kindle in the settings on Amazon-US to that of a Canadian friend for a few minutes, and could get the prologue right away. I did post this info, but on the wrong thread, I guess.
Ford75
24. Route19
I see it is on iTunes US; will it be available on iTunes Canada? I really hope so, because I don't want to have to set up a new account to purchase this. Actually, I won't setup a new account.

I was happy to find it available on iTunes until I realized it was only in the US.
Roger Powell
25. forkroot
No spoilers here but ... it's worth the $2.99 IMO
Ford75
26. Valere
@19: Thanks, I just saw that after posting. But as for myself I don't like audiobook, my english isn't good enough...

@22: B&N requires a billing address on the US.
Rich
27. Bray
I'd suggest anyone outside the US check out the thread on Theoryland.com (and possibly on Dragonmount) for those of us afflicted with non-US citizen status. I have recently moved to Vegas it would appear.
Christopher Sandoval
28. crsandoval
Anyone know if you are able to buy it and print it just like a normal document.
thanks
Ford75
29. Mellybabe71
Am upset!!! want it Australia!!! NOT FAIR!!!
Rob S
30. RobSS
$3.20 includes tax
I read half last night, the rest tonight.
Good times!!
Jonathan Levy
31. JonathanLevy
NonAmerican @ 11
I've taken the liberty of forwarding your complain to Amazon, but have substituted some terms which they have trouble understanding with their true meaning.:

It's lovely that the book is for sale, and I would love to buy it and read it, but despite spending all day searching sites for it, none will sell it to me! Please just write in the announcement that it's not available to those outside planet Earth, so those of us living beyond Jupiter's orbit can be spared the effort of searching for it! It seems the only way to buy it is to violate earthling terms and conditions of the sites that sell it and provide a terran address, which I'm not interested in. I want to buy it legally, but since that's not an option, I guess that means I go without the prologue. It would be very nice if the release note mentioned the unavailability, though
Ford75
34. John Wheel of time
Hello, for everybody who doesnt live in the united states, you can download it at the following address as we're not allowed to buy it legally anywhere!

docs.google.com/fileview?id=
0B0_3RFWJTvRCMGQyYTAzNzctY2EwNi00ZjM0LWE0Z
TItZGMyNWMyNjJmMDY4&hl=en
Ford75
35. Matt123
Thanks @34! It's even in a pdf format so noone needs a stupid ebookreader :)

I would have bought the thing, but the fools didnt make it avaible to the larger/more important part of the world.
Ford75
36. Trevor Gautrey
I seem to recollect that Brandon Sanderson was to complete the Wheel of Time series with book 12. I gather now that book 13 is to be published. How many more are to be written?
Thank you
Ford75
37. Elbreth Ramedar
Trevor,
The series were 12 books long in Jim's vision. But as Tarmon Gai'don grew, the last book was split to three parts - first The Gathering Storm, second soon to be published Towers of Midnight and the last but not least A Memory of Light with original title of the last book.

Will Light bless you,
Elbreth Ramedar
Librarian of New Aravalon
Fourth Age
Ford75
38. cj1234
this method works for outside USA people
http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/topic/51251-how-to-download-the-prologue-from-outside-the-us/
Ford75
39. European_WOT_lover
@34: Thanks a lot! It's ridiculous that they don't make it accessable for the rest of the world...
I cann't wait to read it ;)
Bouke de Boer
41. Bouke
Thanks for both links, guys!

I tried the legal way first, and bought it at Amazon. Can't get it to download to my Kindle for PC, though, so now I'm giving the PDF a shot...

I don't remember having this much trouble with tGS...

Edit: What happened to post #40??
Ford75
42. JacknSundrop
Has Tor not made enough off this series? They used to offer the prologue/first chapter for free! This is ridiculous and there is no way I'd buy either. I may wait until the paperback is out and spend even less. What. A. Rip. Off.

I've bought every book starting when they first came out when I was in junior high, some of them twice when my copy fell apart...
Daniel Hanley
43. Kythorian
You are buying the privilege of reading the prologue early. If you are not interested in buying it, thats fine...wait until it comes out and read the entire thing together. There is nothing requiring them to give away free content. Be thankful of the three chapters they have given us for free(1,2(audio) and 8). If they did something like requiring that you buy the prologue seperate from the rest of the book, that would be a kind of a rip off, but they are not. How is them asking for money for an entirely optional experience a rip-off?

As for them falling apart, the fact that they are such large books make them more expensive to bind well. And the extra dollar or two you spend on a thousand page paperback versus a 300 page one maybe covers the extra printing costs for all those pages, but it doesn't really cover the cost of the more expensive methods of binding. If you don't want your book to fall apart, get the hardcover. Be thankful that TOR doesn't put pressure on authors to write shorter books (as I have heard some publishers do).

If you don't think that something is worth what they are asking you to pay for it, don't buy it, but don't bitch about it. TOR doesn't owe you anything.

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