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Through Amazon, a third party seller sent me an Indian version of this book. On the front it has the statement, "Illegal for Sale in USA" and on the back it says, "Special India Edition. The content of this book may have been modified to suit Indian context." Needless to say I'm not happy as I'm in the USA which they should know simply by looking at the mailing address.

So, can the authors tell me how different this version is from an American/English version, and has any American (English as a first language) in the USA used it to pass the exams? I don't want to return it but will.
 
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It isn't different. The paper might be flimsy and the binding tatty, but those will be the only differences. You are perfectly within your rights to return it for a refund because the book is not as described; it has a different ISBN from what you ordered. That is quite a common scam from some parts of the world.
 
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Indian version of this book


Campbell Ritchie wrote:That is quite a common scam from some parts of the world.
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it has a different ISBN


Please explain a bit more. Are you saying that somebody (in India presumably) copies content illegally and print a new book?

I have never experienced that myself so far (i think), but probably will be well suspicious from now on onwards.
 
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Liutauras Vilda wrote:. . . Are you saying that somebody (in India presumably) copies content illegally and print a new book?

No. Pearson, MGraw‑Hill, etc., print overseas editions of their books, often in the target location, so as to sell them at a reduced price in less prosperous countries. The scam is that people buy them at the local price and then sell them as new at the full US/North American/European price on eBay, Amazon Marketplace, etc. gaining a large profit over what they paid for the books.

I have never experienced that myself so far (i think), but probably will be well suspicious from now on onwards.

I have. The books turn up on flimsy paper, with non‑English script on the back cover, and if you compare the ISBN on the book received with that on the original advert/email notification of purchase, they are different. I think that merits a red star on eBay or a complaint to Amazon or similar.
Some Pearson books are marked “International Edition“ and all copies sold outside the USA count as International, so that isn't a scam.
 
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Alright, thank you for explanation. I will have to revise my all copies now. But will be too late to complain if anything, but red star still would be ok.
 
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The few times that has happened to me, the poor quality of the printing was obvious within a few seconds.
 
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Mark Kevin wrote:So, can the authors tell me how different this version is from an American/English version, and has any American (English as a first language) in the USA used it to pass the exams? I don't want to return it but will.


I didn't know there *was* an Indian version! So I just looked at my royalties statement more closely and saw:

JWS-India English Reprint-India



Scott and I weren't involved in the reprinting process. That said, I suspect it is exactly the same as the American edition content wise. Mainly, because paying someone to translate a book from English to English sounds like a waste of money!

Also note that since this book is entirely made of practice questions, you can view them all online (with the purchase of the physical book.) Since you have that, you'll be able to answer the challenge question to get into the online site. Granted you probably wanted a paper book since you bought a paper book. (I like paper better myself.) But I wanted to mention that as an option. It'll also let you spot check a couple questions to assure yourself it is indeed the same.

 
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Thanks, Jeanne. It threw me off as well. I feel like I'm breaking the law holding an illegal copy in my hands. The part that bothers me is the "Indian context." What the heck does that mean? I don't speak Hindi. And I might have a problem answering the online question to get access if the pages don't line up exactly. When I unwrap the shrink wrap I'll let you know what I find. I don't think Amazon will be pleased about this.

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Mark Kevin wrote:I feel like I'm breaking the law holding an illegal copy in my hands.  


That was why I looked at my royalty statement. To see if someone was publishing illegally. The fact that this is listed in the royalty statement implies it is legit (although granted not what you wanted)

Mark Kevin wrote:And I might have a problem answering the online question to get access if the pages don't line up exactly.


i wouldn't worry about that. The questions tend to be "what is choice D for question 19 in chapter 2" and not page numbers. The reason is that the kindle version doesn't do page numbers the same as the print book. So they can't rely on people having page numbers. (Safari doesn't have page numbers at all for that matter)

The Hindi thing, I can't help with .

Mark Kevin wrote: I don't think Amazon will be pleased about this.


Agreed. It feels like false advertising!
 
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