Barnes & Noble Education Joins Fight Against Counterfeit Textbooks

In an effort to eliminate counterfeit textbooks in the marketplace, a few distributors have agreed to implement so-called “anti-counterfeit best practices.” The latest to join the list is bookstore operator Barnes & Noble Education Inc.

Publishers Cengage Learning Inc., McGraw-Hill Education, Elsevier and Pearson Education Inc. formed what’s called the Educational Publishers Enforcement Group in hopes of raising awareness about counterfeit books. The best practices, developed earlier this year by the EPEG, have since been adopted by textbook distributors Chegg Inc., Ingram Book Group, and now, according to an announcement Monday, Barnes & Noble Education along with MBS Textbook Exchange, which it recently acquired.

By signing on to follow the best practices, B&NE, which separated from bookselling giant Barnes & Noble Inc. in 2015, agreed to maintain a corporate culture that recognizes counterfeit textbooks as a significant issue, as opposed to just a “part of doing business.” The company will further work to verify the sources of textbooks, inspect inventory and share information about apparent counterfeits with publishers.

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