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Report: #1248913

Complaint Review: PublishAmerica - Nationwide

  • Submitted: Sun, August 16, 2015
  • Updated: Sun, August 16, 2015
  • Reported By: anonymousM — Chattanooga Tennessee USA
  • PublishAmerica

  • Phone: (301) 695-1701
  • Web:
  • Category: Liars

PublishAmerica America Star Books/ Textstream Publishers Fraud ,Misrepresentation, Infringement on authors rights, continue to represent themselves as my publisher, aslo has included other publishers such as Textstream. Purchased my publishing rights from PA on August 3, 2013 Baltimore Maryland

*Author of original report: Updating Report Due to Typo of RevertingRights Date.(anonymousM/PA/Liars)

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Creator of Man-Tu the Young One.  Published by Publish America on December 24, 2010

Purchase my publishing rights from PA on August 3, 2010 for the amount of $151.99

Order # 17794     SKU ReturnRights 149   Quanity  1

BIN #  ISBN-10:  1456033662 and ISBN 13:9781456033668 for Man-Tu the Young One


Back History  On December 24, 2010 my book  was released to on-line markets with ex-publisher, Publish America.  This was before their alias's  America Star Books and now Text Stream.  Man-Tu.....was copyrighted in my name by said publisher in 2011.

Never ever received any royalties from PA. When I inquired about not receiving royalties, received nasty emails, not short of bullying.  Filed a complaint with my local police department, wrote the BBB of  Maryland and so on.  Was told my book was not making enough money.  One of my question to them was... "Why would you continue to sell a book that is not making you any money? 

Much Later did receive a letter from PA that my publishing rights have been returned to me. After persistant emailing them about honoring my purchase. They also wrote that their not responsible for vendors like Amazon, Barns & Nobles selling of my book.  What I was trying to express to them was that they stop listing themselves as the publisher of my book and to contact the vendors. Also had hope they would have paid me somekind of rayalty after I had purchase my rights back from them  ...nada.

Tried contacting ISBN Company myself.  Was told by them that I needed to contact publisher, to request that Bin numbers for my book made inactive.  Publish America didn't agree.  Contact Amazon.  After filing infringement complaint against Textstream who are now listing themselves as my publisher, however when I went on line, read that Textstream has somehow merged with Publish America, seemingly have purchased their authors catalogs.  The thing is I am no longer a Publish America/ America Star Books author, so prey tell me, how in the world did I get included with this very recent new deal?   

This is enclosed in the last paragraph of my inquiry letter to amazon as it relate to copyright infringement and their response:  "You have not alledged that anty of the copies of your book(s) sold on the website were illegally manufactured, re-copied, or otherwise unlawfully obtained when first transferred.  Accordingly, we must decline your request."  Signed by   Garth Skoyguard  Copyright/Trademark Agent   By the way  Amazon is the only one listing Textstream as publisher for my book to my current knowledge.

If a website tells you that more books are on the way by above publisher and have also added their book into a new merger, although said book was long ago purchased before merger took effect.  What would you think?  How would you feel.  Who am I to say that new books are not being publish under previous agreement, and how can they believe that Publish America is being straight forward about the printing?   So if book was lawfully printed the first time and publisher could be call the books publisher, however rights were purchase by me, so how is it lawfull for them to represent themselves as my publisher.  My ex-publisher may own the bin numbers and may have own the rights to publish my book before I purchase my publishing rights from them, but they do not own the creative content, nor the publishing rights.  This is one of the main reason I purchase my rights back to get them out of my life ....but they won't let go my book, which They have no rights too.. and are still getting paid, and listing themselves as current publisher under multiple alias's.

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#1 Author of original report

Updating Report Due to Typo of RevertingRights Date.(anonymousM/PA/Liars)

AUTHOR: - ()

This is a re-entry for clarification of the date I purchase my publishing rights back from PA.  Due to typo as it relate to my previous complaint concerning PublishAmerica/America Star Books, and Textstream Publishers.

The first paragraph in my complaint is the correct date that I purchased my publishing rights back from Publish America.  August 3, 2013 and so is the amount, and everything else that follows, except for the next paragraph typo. Has the purchasing date August 2010.  The year 2010 is when my book Man-tu the Young One was released to the public by my ex-publisher PA, only. Again,  August 3, 2013 is when I paid PA to have my rights reverted back to me.

Was typing too fast, and needed to get the information out there about PA and its alias, and lies in hope that someone with some true clout will stop them. It seems to me that no one has the right to act as if  someone else's interlectual property is theirs and to continue to receive all of its benefits,and misrepresenting themselves as publisher(s), eventhough they received monies to return rights back to author(me).  Evidently they are not honoring our purchase agreement....its seems to me.

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