Several academic publishers have joined forces with distributors in order to have them adopt and implement a set of anti-counterfeit best practices designed to address the growing problem of counterfeit print textbooks. KnowledgeSpeak brought this news to our attention in their article, “Major educational content providers and distributors join forces to fight counterfeit textbooks.”

The education world has seen a significant increase in counterfeit books in recent years, resulting in poorer quality materials for students and reduced incentives for publishers to invest in new programs and instructional materials.

Ingram and Chegg are the first distributors to work proactively with publishers to mitigate distribution of counterfeits through adoption and implementation of anti-counterfeit best practices.

The best practices outline steps to verify suppliers and avoid illegitimate sources. They require distributors to inspect inventory that has a higher risk of being counterfeit and prevent it from infecting their inventory.

The anti-counterfeit best practices will be made available on the educational website with the goal that all publishers and distributors adopt and implement them as well.

Melody K. Smith

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