Counterfeit Books Policy

Our Policy on Inauthentic Books

Selling counterfeit books is illegal, and it infringes on the copyright ownerships of the publishers and/or authors. Shooq holds itself and its users to the highest standards, and will not accept or buy any counterfeited books or materials. By using Shooq’s platform and services to sell your books, you are confirming that your books are authentic and have been obtained in a legal manner.


If Shooq receives any books or materials that we suspect to be inauthentic or counterfeit, then we reserve the right to further investigate, which may include sending the books to the publisher and/or destruction of the books. This investigation process can take weeks or months to complete.

If we determine that your books are counterfeit, they may be destroyed by us. If we are unable to determine the authenticity of your books, they may be sent to the publisher for further investigation. At this point, the publisher may destroy the book if it is found to be counterfeit. If your book is confirmed to be authentic by the publisher, the book will be sent back to us and you will be paid for the applicable book.

Before selling your books through Shooq’s platform, consider the following characteristics that may indicate if your book is authentic or counterfeit.


1) Binding:

The binding of a counterfeit book typically differs from an authentic copy. The glue used to bind the pages of counterfeit books together (near the spine of the book) may be unevenly distributed causing holes/air pockets in the binding. This can also create curvature and creasing on the spine of the book. Authentic copies tend to have evenly distributed glue and bindings.


2) Pages and Paper:

Counterfeit books may have slightly different to very different paper quality compared to authentic versions. A big difference is that counterfeit books tend to have less glossiness or sheen than authentic books do. Also, counterfeit books tend to be printed on cheaper and slightly different colored paper than authentic books.  Book pages in counterfeit books may also be thinner than authentic book pages.


3) Dimensions and Specifications:

Dimensions (including length, width, height, and weight) can differ significantly when comparing counterfeit books to authentic copies. If you are concerned that a book may be inauthentic, you may find the dimensions of a specific book on the book’s product listing on Amazon, under ‘Product Details’. If a book’s dimensions differ greatly from the dimensions listed on Amazon, that book may be counterfeit.


4) Cover Art, Orientation, and Text Quality:

A counterfeit book may have pixelated/blurry cover art, as well as different colored art due to lower quality printing. Additionally, the orientation of words or pictures on the cover/spine may not be centered or properly located, compared to the authentic book. Lastly, a counterfeit book may have blurry lettering on its pages as compared to an authentic book, which tends to have clear and fine lettering.


5) Barcode:

Barcodes on authentic copies are always clear, easily scannable, and typically black and white. However, counterfeit copies may look photocopied, blurry, strangely oriented, and even slightly colored.


6) Typos:

If a book has many noticeable or strange typos or mistakes, than the book is likely counterfeit. 
These typos and mistakes can include (but is not limited to): wrongly labeled figures or images, mis-numbered pages, spelling mistakes, or other kinds of typos. 


7) Flyleaves:

A flyleaf is a blank page at the beginning and at the end of the book, separating a book’s pages from its front and back cover. In some circumstances, the flyleaf can have some graphics or text printed on it. If an authentic copy of a book has flyleaves, then a book without them is likely counterfeit.


8) Headbands:

A book headband or endband is a piece of material that is used to reinforce a book’s binding. The headband is found at the top and bottom of a hardcover book’s spine. A counterfeit book can have a different colored or patterned headband, compared to the authentic copy. A counterfeit book may also have a frayed headband. However, some authentic books may have been rebound using a different headband. Therefore, it is important to look for other indicators that suggest a book may be counterfeit.


Please also view this website for further details on counterfeit books: http://stopcounterfeitbooks.com/

Furthermore, if you sell counterfeit books to Shooq, LLC or on our platform, you may be held legally accountable by Shooq, LLC and any applicable publisher.

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