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Amazon apologizes for shipping sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale" early

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Courtesy: Penguin Random House Courtesy: Penguin Random House

(CNN Newsource) -- Amazon is apologizing for accidentally shipping copies of Margaret Atwood's new book early. 

"The Testaments" is a sequel to Atwood's 1985 novel "The Handmaid's Tale."

Amazon said Thursday a "technical error" led to some customers getting copies of the book this week, days ahead of the September 10 publication date. 

Amazon said "We apologize for this error; we value our relationship with authors, agents, and publishers, and regret the difficulties this has caused them and our fellow booksellers."

Amazon didn't say how many orders were shipped early.

Meanwhile, hulu and MGM announced Wednesday they're planning to develop the new novel for TV.

Hulu has renewed "The Handmaid's Tale" TV series for a fourth season.

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