How can I tell if a Google Play Book is legit, i.e. submitted or sold by the author, publisher, or party with permission, and not a malware linking/containing or deliberately misleadingly edited bootleg?
Google Play has at least 3 elements of style to its eBook listings:
• Whether the author name links to a list of other books available on the store written by the same author or links to an “about the author” page.
• Whether the seller/publisher name is preceded by “Sold by”
• Whether the seller/publisher name links to other eBooks they sell here
A. One Second After has its author name linked to its “about the author” page, its publisher name preceded by “Sold by”, and its publisher name not linked.
B. Rick & Morty Vol. 1 has its author name linked to its “about the author” page, its publisher name not preceded by “Sold by”, and its publisher name not linked.
C. The Secret of Game Coding: Game Coding Complete Guide has its author name linked to other books by the same author—none on Google Play—no “about the author” page, its publisher name not preceded by “Sold by”, and its seller/publisher name is linked.
eBooks A & B are listed under the featured “Topsellers Under $10” section, have many positive reviews, and are likely legit. Why does A have the “Sold by” and B does not?
eBook C seems fishy. Its title is different from its print and NOOK edition’s, which is Game Coding Complete, Fourth Edition. Are there any cases for any book in which the Google Play edition’s title is different than the print or other eBook editions’?
The Google Play edition is $1.14, whereas the NOOK’s is $41.99. Is Google Play’s edition a bootleg? The publisher of the print and NOOK editions is Cengage Learning. The seller of the Google Play edition is BookSmart. Does Google allow the seller to not be the publisher? Googling
BookSmart turns up nothing relevant to this seller in the top 10 results.
Aside from the title not matching its print edition’s, C’s main difference vs. A & B is that C has no link to “about the author” and C’s seller name links to the seller’s other items. Are either factors cautionary signs that can be applied to Google Play books in general?