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Inaccuracy in their email | Iuniverse review from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Got an email from IUniverse, which listed success stories. One was that Randy Arrington's iUniverse book Kerosene Cowboys made into a movie starring Mario Van Peebles, Cam Gigandet, Rachel Leigh Cook, Shane West and Bill Pullman. The movie has been retitled Red Sky, and looks like it is dead. But that isn't anything to do with IUniverse. What worries me is that one of the names are spelled wrong, Rachael Leigh Cook is Ael, and Mario Van Peebles is directing not starring. Not big things, but it seems to show a lack of accuracy. And these people are offering us editing for payment.
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I saw the same claim, but Mario Peebles was listed as a DIRECTOR. Don't know if they changed it after the comment here or not.

Anonymous
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I APPROVE TO GET MY BOOK PUBLISHED 5-15-2012

ETHEREAL T. HENRY JR.

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Possible legal actions | Iuniverse review from Windsor, Connecticut

i see that there are quite a few authors who never got any royalites from IUniverse. it looks like their website is blocked where we are supposed to see our sales - the way it is described in our contracts. this might fall under embezzlement or fraud category. if we have enough people in the same position we can engage a lawyer to represent us in a class action, and i have one to consult with. i emailed IU asking for the name/email of the CEO but have a feeling that my email will not be returned -like my other ones. my email is dr.irene@comcast.net. if anybody feels the same way i do - mb we can unite our efforts.
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#1434178

Agree. I haven't received any royalties after a year of publishing.

A total scam. We need to start a website that will bring all of us, who have been scammed, together for a lawsuit.

DO NOT USE IUNIVERSE!!

WARNING!!

WARNING!!

Anonymous
#472649

I am still right there with you on this...they say they are having issues with their website. Rather interesting as I have talked to people who say its not ever worked for them.

Also I got a call from some lady who they pay to watch this website I have tried calling her multiple times and big surprise no answer.

Oh here is a new development, they argued with me over the price setting of the book (they wanted to charge 16.95 and I wanted it 13.95) now I am seeing it on Amazon and B&N going for 10.40. I have actually gotten dozens of emails from people who bought the book and my guess is that when they feel it is ok to show me the sales figures they won't match on any level.

Nutt
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please contact me by email. nutt.justin@gmail.com

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Misadvertising | Iuniverse review from Atlanta, Georgia

i deeply regret about not paying attention to the negative comments about IUniverse. i had a misfortune to publish a book with them. they go aggressively after authors promising the best servies, but not doing a fraction of it. every single department is trying to squeeze as much money as possible offering bogus services and not providing even the proofreading. now, when they cannot get any more money out of me, the do not return my calls or emails, unless i threaten to report them to IRS and suggest an audit - which is not such a bad idea. they are unprofessional, deceptive and need to be removed from the list of publishers.
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Tyshaun
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I agree, I purchased the Bookstore Premier Pro $2,299 & iUniverse hired an editor for $1,800. I just wrapping up the design phase.

We start off with awesome packages but you are constantly asking.... why do they keep asking for more money? Are we actually going to get that investment back at 10% royalty for a book that sells for $16? Just 10 mins after I hit the internal content approved button I noticed a misspelled word.

I immediately contacted my Publishing Services Associate who told me I would have to pay $100 to add an "o" to the word. :eek I feel like I'm like i'm being bleed out!

Janel
#632767

Unfortunately, I can not disagree. They finally responded to me a month after I made the same assertion to them-- nearly 2 years after publishing my book.

As so many others have said, we

were fleeced.

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Iuniverse will steal from any author

They provide bad service and you will not get your correct money for your books...they own me 5 years worth of rayalties and will not pay me....print on demand will cause you to get ripped off...be careful. They manufactured mistakes and charged me extra to correct the mistakes that they had put in my book...they delayed the printing time to charge more money and they completed the cover of my book wrong and charged me again to fix it .....they are just real bad people and you cannot trust them I will get a lawyer to look into this matter .
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Anonymous
#503656

Myself and several others are planning to file a class action lawsuit against iUniverse. Anyone who is interested in joining this suit please email me at nutt.justin@gmail.com

Nutt
#466928

please contact me by email at nutt.justin@gmail.com would like to discuss this.

Anonymous
#464196

IUNIVERSE DESERVES A BLACKEYE FOR FRAUD BREECH OF CONTRACT,THEFT,BY DECEPTION ,THERE RUNNING A BERNIE MADOFF PONSY SCHEME,ROBB OTHER AUTHORS TO PAY SOME AUTHORS,FRANKLY I'M HIGHLY PISSED OFF ,DOES ANY LAWYERS IN THE UNITED STATES LOOK AT THIS WEB PAGE --- PS WE AUTHORS NEED HELP--- HELP SOMEBODY PLEASE,GOD I HAVE ONE WISH PLEASE SEND A LAWYER TO OUR AID ,SO EVERY AUTHOR WHO HAS GOTTEN BEAT ,& ROBBED BY IUNIVERSE,WILL SEE JUSTICE,WITHOUT ANY LOOP HOLES,THESE PEOPLE ARE ROBBING AUTHORS AND DESTROYING EVIDENCE AS THEY DO IT,A REPRESENTIVE TOLD ME THAT IUNIVERSE WAS ROBBING ALL AUTHORS BEFORE SHE GOT FIRED FOR ADMITTING--- THOSE FACTS! GOD PLEASE SEND US AUTHORS A HONEST--LAWYER IN JESUS NAME I PRAY!

Ferrel M
#433698

What's the status of these issues now? I may be locking horns with them shortly.

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DO NOT UNDER SNY CIRCUMSTANCES DO BUSINESS WITH IUNIVERSE. I am writing to the Attorney General of Indiana all my grievances. They have all kinds of ways of getting money out of you. They lie and they refuse to answer your e-mails when you uncloak their...
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Anonymous
#1592615

IUniverse.com is nothing but a big scam. They charged me over $6,500.

to publish my book and then they charged me big money to correct mistakes that THEY made. They are nothing but a tremendous scam!

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I am so tired of dealing with iUniverse. Their policy of sending out Royalty checks really sucks. They are supposed to send them out at the end of every quarter. I find they are late every time. I have direct deposit which means my check goes out before the checks that...
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Myself and several others are planning to file a class action lawsuit against iUniverse. Anyone who is interested in joining this suit please email me at nutt.justin@gmail.com

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Iuniverse Customer Care
iunivers is trying to tell me that my 4 time best selling cook book soups for all seasons.have only sold 5 copy's world wide in 2 years.And will not send me a pass word to check on sales.can any one stop this company from scamming others.i spent a lot of time...
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#880548

People can see on novel rank that they have sales on Amazon that these scam companies like iuniverse won't pay out on. Amazon reveals to EVERYONE when they have sales so iuniverse lies are proven to be lies.

A non scam company wouldn't need authors to "prove" anything there would have records of sales. But these author solutions scam companies all pay rock bottom royalties on books after scamming people of thousands even if they do pay out the royalties are as low as the lowest paying traditional publisher.

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I do not understand why my Book was all poetry and orignal one has been sold since 2006??? | Iuniverse review from Wasilla, Alaska

I have all the original manuscripts to my poems fron 2005/2007.Furthermore I was on Poet workshop with great reviews then I found Poets.com and LULU Website had all my poetry on her website,then they dissappeared. I have all documents to prove that I wrote them. I only want the royalties owed to me. Computer error might have occured. I would much settlew this matter out of court,however if you have sold my poems and did not get my authorization,you know that is against the law. Awaiting your Reply. Thank-You Donna K. Buckwalter Buckwalter777@hotmail.com 1-907-775-4203
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A lot of bad things have been said about iUnivers but it really doesn't do justice to how bad they really are. If it is convenient they tell the truth if not they lie.

I had two books published by them, The first by the Lincoln NE.

version, which worked ok, the second by the Indiana version, a complete disaster. Yes they will take your money anyway they can, yes I have problems with royalties.

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I have not received royalties which are due in over year | Iuniverse review from Orlando, Florida

I published a book with iUniverse in 1008. Received firest scheck. Had to call for second. Now have not received nor can gain information on my book in a year 1/2. Have a seond one ready, but need to know status before I do this again with this company. Iknow my book has been purchased by family and at least friends, and even adio overseas in Australia. I have been advised of none of this and cannot even access my account. No check has been sent. Yet I get e-mail everday for my next book (s). I hae some ready, but don't know what's going on with this company.
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iuniuverse are lying thieves simply read the contracts and you will be blown away. They do not even pay royalties! If by chance you do recieve your royalties they now charge you money to send or deposit your royalties... They will continue to sell your book even after...
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After 3 years iUniverse is telling me that I did not pay even though they printed the book when it is company policy not to print until all money is paid. the man I gave the information to is gone, I cannot remember which account or credit card I used so I cannot prove I paid them.

Be very careful when dealing with them. Never sent any request for addition money, only once and I sent them e-mails where I told Jason to take payment all at once. Since my computer crashed I cannot prove it again.

Be very careful, wanted to fix the errors and they won't fix them unless I pay again. Go to local printer then you will be more in control of you book.

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