At Cash4Books, we occasionally see customers unknowingly buy a counterfeit copy of a college textbook, and then unknowingly try to sell the book to us. And, of course we cannot buy and sell counterfeit college textbooks, so this leads to an unhappy customer experience. The purpose of this post is to educate our customers, so that you don’t buy a counterfeit book to begin with. There are various things to look for when identifying a counterfeit textbook. See images below for specific examples.
The book on the left is the authentic copy, printed directly from the publisher. The book on the right is the counterfeit book. Notice the different color glue in the binding. Also, the unevenness of the glue. And, the pages are thicker. The curvature of the binding is also different:
Here we see differences in the width of the counterfeit textbook versus the authentic textbook:
Author and title are vertically off center in the counterfeit copy:
The cover art on a counterfeit college textbook is sometimes fuzzy and a lower print quality. Also, the cover art is sometimes done sloppily, as shown here: