Royalty issues for independent authors

If you are an “indie” author like me, you could have experienced some issues about royalties.

The online publishing platform, which I use, provides each manufactured copy of a book with a unique identification number. They assign this specific ID number to identify each single copy for their own accounting purposes, in addition to the book title ID number and to the ISBN number. When I receive their royalty reports, the list doesn’t show this unique ID number.

Moreover, in general, a book should always show the date when it was printed. I couldn’t find this date, which indicates when a book was manufactured, on each copy of my books.

For the above reasons, for more transparency and to avoid misunderstandings with authors, I asked:

  1. To include this unique book ID in my royalty reports;
  2. To print always the date on each manufactured copy.

Have you ever thought about this problem?

If yes, how have you solved it?

Maybe, this is a general issue, regarding also non independent authors.

Your suggestion for improvements are very welcome. Thanks!

Paola Morgese, PMP
Civil Hydraulic Engineer
M.S. Sanitary and Environmental Engineering


Author: progettisostenibili Paola Morgese

Ingegnere, project manager, autrice. Convogliatrice di sostenibilità nelle aziende e nella vita. Engineer, project manager, author. Conveyer of sustainability in business and life

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