'The Winds of Winter' release date: Sixth novel appears on Amazon France; book coming March 2017?

(Creative Commons/Robert)Hardcover books of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series

While there have been no official announcements from the bestselling author, George R.R. Martin, regarding the status of his upcoming sixth installment to the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novel series, "The Winds of Winter," fans of the series have been holding on to the hope that the book may be coming out soon. Due to the lack of concrete evidence of its existence, any and all types of news regarding the book now has the effect of instantly igniting the hope of fans worldwide.

Now, a recent listing from Amazon France has ignited that fire as it shows what looks to be a placeholder page for the upcoming book. The page not only reveals the already known details about the book, it also lists down its price and release date. Numerous fans over at Reddit were of course quick to refute what the page might be implying and explained in detail why the placeholder should not be mistaken as proof that the book is indeed on its way.

Some of the more realistic reports have explained that Amazon usually does put placeholders for upcoming books despite there being no official announcements yet from its publisher. The three other big Amazon sites, Amazon UK, Amazon US, and Amazon Germany, don't have a similar listing yet, so it is possible that France may have just prepared it and accidentally made the placeholder live.

The March 9, 2017 release date on the placeholder is also claimed to be just a guess by whoever had created the page, seeing as a three month delivery to press after submission is standard when it comes to new books. Users also claimed that it might have been assumed that the book was going to be submitted sometime during the end of the year, hence the March release date on the placeholder.

For now, the only way to confirm if any of the rumors and the placeholder are indeed accurate is through an official statement from Martin himself.