Lawsuits

Self-Publishers Sue Penguin for Royalties

Complain company charges them to fix mistakes the publisher makes

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MANHATTAN—Penguin Group's self-publishing branch, Author Solutions, cheats writers of royalties and charges them to correct typos in manuscripts that the company itself inserted, three unhappy authors claim in a federal class action.

Kelvin James, Jodi Foster and Terry Hardy sued Penguin Group (USA) and Author Solutions, a Penguin company.

Author Solutions claims to have worked with 160,000 writers and created 200,000 books, according to the complaint.