• Report: #758823
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  • Submitted: Sun, July 31, 2011
  • Updated: Thu, September 01, 2011

  • Reported By: KASH — CALGARY Alberta Canada
1663 LIBERTY DRIVE BLOOMINGTON, Indiana United States of America


*Consumer Comment: Authorhouse is a ripoff, but they don't owe you royalties

*General Comment: Giggles????

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    Hello, my name is Christian Plett and I have searched bookstores on-line and it clearly says that my book is in-stock. That  word IN-Stock means exactly what it says, and I would like to know why they don't like to pay their authors for what book stores buy from the publisher.

    This is getting out of hand with this company doing and getting away with what they want to, and i would like to get my pay from them either through court and a huge settlement will do but this, is why they are the LARGEST publishing company in NORTH AMERICA and its sad and disappointing that they get away with all these things.

    I would like to get the money and and royalties that they owe me and hope it stops for the rest or the authors from them and I have delt with this for the last 4 and a half years and its time to take a stand from this happening again.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Authorhouse is a ripoff, but they don't owe you royalties

AUTHOR: Sophronia felix - (U.S.A.)

You're complaining about one of the few sins Authorhouse doesn't commit. 

1. Having your book available at a bookstore doesn't mean the bookstore bought copies. Distributors and booksellers never buy copies. The books are shipped by the publisher. The bookstore gets a 40% - 50% discount on the cover price. If any copies sell, the money to cover the discount price goes back to the publisher. If the copies never sell, the bookstore ships them back, and the publisher pays for the shipping again.

(Exception: if they're mass-market paperback books, the retailer trashes the copies and sends back an affidavit saying they've done so. However, that's not applicable in your case, because Authorhouse doesn't do mass-market publishing.)

2. Most online booksellers don't keep copies of non-bestsellers on hand anyway. There's a book distributor called Ingram. They're the biggest book distributor in the country. Say Amazon gets an order for an obscure book. They just get it from Ingram. If it's really obscure, Ingram doesn't have a copy either, and they'll have to get one from the publisher. No money changes hands on these transactions. The only person who pays actual cash money for a new book is the end-use reader who buys a copy.

3. Your book isn't present in normal brick-and-mortar bookstores either. Authorhouse may claim that it's available or in stock, but those are deceptive terms. What they really mean is that if someone goes into the bookstore, asks for the book, and pays for it in advance, the bookstore will special order it from a distributor (which may or may not be Ingram), and tell you when it arrives so you can come pick it up.

You'll notice that in all these cases, "in stock" doesn't mean that anyone has bought a copy. In fact, the odds that anyone will buy a copy who isn't related to you or a good friend of yours is virtually nil. For obvious reasons, Authorhouse downplays that fact in their sales information.

Sorry about that.
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AUTHOR: IamGood - (USA)

God, I had to stop laughing before I wrote this post.  Are you kidding me??????
What a title for a book.

Dude I have worked for a publisher for years, and years, probably  before they came out with the guttenburg bible.

Most book stores buy books on consignment.  After they sell the books they will turn in the books they dont sell back to the publisher. 

I saw your book at Barnes and Noble on line. 

They probably have not sold any copies at all,
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