April 22nd, 2011
Interesting Article


Sure makes you think about what’s happening behind the scenes.

10 comments to “Interesting Article”

  1. Yeah. I’m afraid to go back through my royalty statements now. Gulp.

  2. I’m sorry, but that was the most rambling expose I’ve ever read. 🙂

    I take exception to her conclusion that it isn’t ‘malice’ but accounting methods. I’m not sure what she means by malice. If a bunch of writers are apparently receiving matching, pulled out of thin air, book sales numbers, then it’s theft. I’ve always been suspicious about e-book sales numbers because there is absolutely no way for an author to know for sure.

    I applaud her ideas of uncovering this probable fraud. It would definitely make potential thieves in this unknown e-book market accounting morass less confident in getting away with it.

  3. Charli, I knew something was funny on one of my statements a year ago. The e-sales weren’t even matching my EC books and EC charged more. The numbers were really off. I’m afraid to look at the rest.

  4. Bernard, I didn’t send you there for her style of writing. *ggg I sent you there for the content. 😉

    I ‘think’ what she means is that she believes no one is doing it to get away with anything. And like you, I don’t think that’s the case across the board. I believe some of them simply tried to apply their paper ‘accounting’ method to ebooks and others not so much.

    There are a LOT of people looking into it at present. Once the paperwork is analyzed, it’s not going to be pretty.

  5. They have to come up with some accountability authors can trust or things are going to get nasty. I’m sure even dealing with a very reputable e-book publisher like Elora’s Cave probably gave you a few moments of doubt back in the day. I hope Rusch bringing this to light will cause a Perfect Storm in the e-book world.

  6. Bernard, Absolutely, I think it needs to be ‘fixed’ before someone decides to subpeona Amazon and Barnes & Noble for sales records.

    A few??? Falls on the ground laughing.

    It’s turning into a perfect storm right now because a bunch of writer’s organizations are about to jump into the fray.

  7. Like you and Charli, I’m scared to look too closely, but at a glance I do think my eBook sales numbers form those publishers are ok…at a glance.

  8. Sasha, I know it’s going to be ugly when I take a closer look.

  9. This is disturbing. I wonder how much of this IS trying to shoehorn the eBook sales into an old print model.

  10. Patrice, My guess is that is the bulk of it with a few unsavory elements tossed in for giggles. 😉