Counterfeit Editions

Counterfeit printed copies of The Art of Electronics have made their appearance, starting in December 2015. We have bought counterfeits from at least a half-dozen Amazon “Other Sellers.”** These may be represented as “new,” or as “like new” (or sometimes “used”), but in all cases so far they are inferior products, with poor bindings, misaligned pages, faded halftones (photographs), and other defects. Although “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” this is going a bit too far — our readers deserve a quality product, not the junk that these criminals are selling. Our readers report good success in getting full refunds; and if a refund is refused, you can use Amazon’s A-to-Z Guarantee.

One or more of these indicates a probable counterfeit (see also the samples following):

1. there are blank white pages after the last index page (the geniune book has none)
or
2. Winfield is spelled “Wineld” on the title page
or
3. the cover on the spine is wrinkled
or
4. printing is misaligned with page edge
or
5. pages are stuck together at edges
or
6. pages unreadable into the gutter (inner edges)
or
7. the black end-pages (and nearby white pages) are wrinkled or smudged with glue
or
8. the photographs are faded or misaligned
or
9. sold as “new” or “like new,” but priced too low to be believable

** In every case copies purchased as “Ships from and sold by Amazon.com” are geniune copies; it’s some of the marketplace sellers who are selling fakes (and some of these include “Fulfillment by Amazon” with Prime shipping — that’s no guarantee of authenticity). A current list of our “test purchases” is here.

Dave Jones (EEVBlog) has some fun with this here.

 

Here are some examples

 

we call this "fake #1," with its missing "fi" letter pair (ligature) in Winfield's name

we call this “fake #1,” with its missing “fi” letter pair (ligature) in Winfield’s name

 

this counterfeit's pages suffer from misalignment, as seen here

this counterfeit’s pages suffer from misalignment, as seen here

 

this counterfeit's binding makes it difficult to see what's on the side closest to the binding (the "gutter"); compare with the figure below, from a genuine copy

this counterfeit’s binding makes it difficult to see what’s on the side closest to the binding (the “gutter”); compare with the figure below, from a genuine copy

 

on this genuine copy the same pages lie nicely flat -- no problem reading what we wrote!

on this genuine copy the same pages lie nicely flat — no problem reading what we wrote!

 

some counterfeit bindings are so poor that pages are falling out

some counterfeit bindings are so poor that pages are falling out

 

how's this for a mangled end-page and binding?

how’s this for a mangled end-page and binding?