I suspect this is the tip of the iceberg. It is easy to steal a book in digital form, and then, sell it for a profit. This has been done through file sharing for decades and it’s less illegal than it ever was.
Please check if various bargain sites are selling your book. Are you profiting from these sales, or is your publisher reaping the dough?
In my case, it looks like BOTH my publishers from previous books that are off the market are still profiting. AuthorHouse still has my book from 2002 on Books a Million, brand new, which means AuthorHouse is still making it. I took that one off the market around 2014.
Also, Chipmunkapublishing didn’t take my book off of Apple Books and it’s still for sale on there, and here’s the killer: It says Chipmunkapublishing right on the book.
I called Apple and I was on the phone with them for about 25 minutes, mostly on hold. They verified that Chipmunka is responsible as they never took the book off. So….who is profiting? Clearly not me.
This Hunger Is Secret is selling for about $8 on Apple, and Breakdown Lane, Traveled is selling for around $15 on Books a Million.
This is the tip of the iceberg. I bet a lot of books are being illegally sold. If you are a writer and you published a book, please check the bargain sites for yourself.