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Sorry, we won't double-check your own royalty calculations. Here's why...
Sorry, we won't double-check your own royalty calculations. Here's why...

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Sorry, we won't double-check your own royalty calculations. Here's why...

On occasion, authors approach us saying they have done their own calculation of their royalties, and tell us it doesn't match what they're seeing on their All Royalties page here, or elsewhere on Leanpub.

Now, every time this happens, from our perspective, the author has adopted an approach to calculating their royalties that is probably unique to them, typically complex, and, crucially, completely unknown to us.

In at least one case, an author was recording the details of every purchase notification email they received, and comparing that to their royalties owed as shown in the Royalties section of their Leanpub account, and found a difference between their calculation and their Leanpub data.

In this particular case, the difference was explained by refunds they hadn't noticed; but more importantly, the discrepancy could have been explained by any number of other ordinary every-day human errors on their own part.

In another case, an author had evidently downloaded their royalties CSV summary from the All Royalties page, and mistakenly included a single extra sale in their sum, which of course meant their sum didn't match the sum shown in the Royalties section of their Leanpub account.

Why We Won't Investigate Issues Like This

We know it's unpleasant to see a difference like this, but please note that from our perspective, we have to choose our priorities.

We're sorry about it, but we would be doing everyone who uses our service a real disservice by spending our time tracking down individual issues like this, instead of making Leanpub better for everyone.

Reporting a Royalty Calculation Bug

With all of that said, of course if you believe you've found a bug, please tell us!

But reporting this kind of bug isn't as simple as just taking a screenshot and showing a typo or an error message, or something like that.

If you believe you see a discrepancy between your calculation of your royalties, and the amount of royalties you're seeing somewhere on Leanpub, you will need to provide us with the level of detail required for us to be confident there is not a human error somewhere.

So, if you want to report a potential bug, please email us at with the following information, or information presented in the same spirit of required details:

- Email us from the email address associated with your Leanpub account

- Provide a link or links to the landing page for the book or books involved in the

- Provide us with a screenshot of the displayed royalty amount on Leanpub that does not match what you expect

- Shows us a screenshot of the spreadsheet (or other format) calculation you have performed, that does not match what you're seeing on Leanpub, and shows all the relevant information (we're sorry we can't be more detailed than that)

- Please do not provide us with any file to open, like a spreadsheet. Opening files is a security risk and our team members are not permitted to open them, sorry.

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