Many thanx for writing. Valuable info. You probably recall the time that Kinko’s was hung out to dry in a copyright case (Basic Books, Inc. v. Kinko’S Graphics Corporation, 758 F. Supp. 1522, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, March 28, 1991). Professors would photocopy various chapters from various books and then put them all together as their own unique course book, pay Kinko’s to print and bind them, the students would purchase them—but with no royalties to the various copyright holders of the different chapters. Real stinky-poo that cost Kinko’s a bundle. According to Tim Phillips in his book “KNOCKOFF: The Deadly Trade in Counterfeit Goods,” one out of every three CDs on the planet is counterfeit.
Your story about book pirating is fascinating, though I am sorry your dad’s book was pirated. How widespread is the problem of publishers cheating authors? I had thought that it was mainly the small publishers.
I am not sure how many are cheating authors. I was cheated by a publisher—a small guy. I finally wrote him 10 years later and demanded some royalties, and we settled for $6,000. How much he kept, I do not know. Sorry to be vague here.
Re book pirates: My recommendation would be to send copies of your findings and your article to Amazon and all the legit’ book sellers and ask them to stop doing business with suspect book publishers.
Thank you, Denny, for your timely article. I recently (released: July 2, 2006) published my first book, “Dying Body, Growing Faith,” through Xulon Press, a POD publisher of Christian books. Sales rankings on Amazon.com seem to be doing well; there was also a major conference of Christian retailers last week. It’s being sold abroad and, of course, re-sold--this makes me wonder if there may have been the purchase of one copy & then subsequent ones scanned. Hmmm.) But my question to you is, how do I get current sales stats so I know how my marketing’s going? My publisher says it can’t handle in this way at this time; we have to wait for quarterly reports. Amazon says this is too competitive a business so all we offer is sales rankings (still, how to interpret these?) (Xulon does use Ingram; I’ve yet to get a hold of them.) As a more experienced author, do you have any guidance on this matter? (I am the copyright holder; I did file with the U.S. copyright holder.) Thank you.