4 Higher education publishers team up to fight counterfeit textbooks

Stop Counterfeit TextbooksIn an effort to fight counterfeit textbooks, four higher education publishers, Cengage, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill Education and Pearson, have teamed up to create a website called Stop Counterfeit Textbooks.

The site includes information on how to avoid counterfeit textbooks, how to identify a counterfeit textbook, and what to do if your textbook is counterfeit. The website states: “Counterfeit textbooks are a substantial problem in the educational marketplace, burdening students with inferior products; exposing distributors to legal liability and unsaleable inventory; and depriving authors and publishers of the funds necessary to reinvest in new educational content.”

The site also includes anti-counterfeit best practices that textbook distributors are encouraged to adopt, how to identify a book’s print run, a quiz called, “Can You Spot the Counterfeit?”, and ways you can take action against textbook counterfeiters.

Also see:

Major Educational Content Providers and Distributors Join Together to Fight Counterfeit Textbooks

Major Educational Content Providers Take Legal Action to Combat Distribution of Counterfeit Textbooks

About Kim Pawlak

Kim Pawlak is Director of Publishing & Operations for the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA). She has been writing about the textbook and academic authoring and publishing industry for 20 years.