It turns out, Amazon itself (not a third-party seller on Marketplace) is selling counterfeit copies of No Starch Press books!
No Starch Press@nostarchPlease share this as widely as possible. Why should we have to police Amazon? This problem is ongoing since 2017. These counterfeits are shipped and sold by AMAZON, NOT A THIRD PARTY. This is not Marketplace. twitter.com/billpollock/st…19:00 PM - 12 Oct 2019Bill Pollock @billpollockAmazon counterfeit. Images were posted to https://t.co/4z9iYXPe65 by a concerned customer July 12, 2019, https://t.co/IbqmTC9uHS. Counterfeit is shipped and sold by https://t.co/4z9iYXPe65 -- NOT a third party. Why do we have to police Amazon? Please RT. @nostarch @amazon https://t.co/98CZ8UllmI
Bill Pollock@billpollockAmazon counterfeit. Images were posted to Amazon.com'>Amazon.com by a concerned customer July 12, 2019, amazon.com/gp/customer-re…. Counterfeit is shipped and sold by Amazon.com'>Amazon.com -- NOT a third party. Why do we have to police Amazon? Please RT. @nostarch @amazon18:57 PM - 12 Oct 2019
Bill Pollock@billpollock@isaac32767 @nostarch @amazon The review does not. To make sure, I ordered two copies by pushing Buy on Amazon.com. They were shipped and sold by Amazon. Got them yesterday and they're BOTH counterfeit. Here they are. (Try it yourself and see what you get :) @nostarch @amazon @JeffBezos01:08 AM - 13 Oct 2019
This is not the first time Amazon has done this, either...
Bill Pollock@billpollockImages of counterfeit copies of Python for Kids being sold on Amazon. Legit copies are thicker, color, layflat binding, nicer paper. @amazon03:40 AM - 21 Mar 2017
What should you do?
Order directly from No Starch Press, or from a reputable bookseller where you can handle the product and verify it's the real deal.
Look for tell-tale signs of counterfeit books: thin paper, inconsistent margins, low-resolution text or images, mismatched spine, books that don't lay flat, et cetera. No Starch Press has a reputation for extremely high-quality books, so if you get anything that doesn't measure up to that standard, it's probably counterfeit!
If you encounter a counterfeit book, please report it to No Starch Press immediately!
If Amazon is going to do this to a major publisher like No Starch Press, who else are they doing this to? Buy directly from publishers, or from reputable booksellers like Barnes & Noble!