Good: Amazon cracks down on counterfeit book sales on its site

In the past two weeks, Amazon has suspended at least 20 used book merchants for allegedly selling one or more counterfeit textbooks.

Source: Amazon and publishers hurting small sellers in counterfeit sting

I sell several e-books on Amazon. One of those I also published in printed form. Before I had sold a single copy of the printed book, there were 4 used copies for sale on Amazon … all of which were clearly counterfeited. I ended up terminating the printed version of the book as the problem with counterfeit persisted. Without a printed version for sale, there was no place to sell the counterfeits.

Amazon makes money on transaction fees – and makes money whether the item sold is genuine or counterfeit. Consequently, it has not been clear that Amazon has been bothered by counterfeit sales all that much.

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