On Counterfeit Textbooks

Counterfeit textbooks have to be distinguished from international or Eastern Economy editions. Unlike the latter, they are produced illegally, and students sometimes tend to buy them on various marketplaces from third-party sellers because of lower prices (such books are often shipped from China, India, etc.) Afterwards, they may want to sell these books to buyback websites like BooksRun, and we do not accept them for obvious reasons.

In order to help our customers (and everyone who’s interested) spot the counterfeit textbooks and not fall into the trap we are posting this list of differences between genuine and illegal editions that need to be paid attention to.

1) Binding. It differs from the one of the authentic textbook. The glue can be of a different color and unevenly distributed along the binding, and the book may generally look poorly made. Books with bindings for which cheap glue was used also smell different than an original quality edition. Curvature of the spine can also be different, i.e. too flat or bent.

Examples of counterfeit book binding:

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