How do you identify if a book is fake?
I recently bought a copy of City Watch trilogy, not first edition or anything, I just wanted a copy of the book. Book arrived few days ago, along with the other Discworld omnibuses from another seller, and it looked 'too clean' to me.
I'm not sure if the City Watch trilogy is still in print, I would assume no, and it came out a decade(?) ago. The paper on my copy is so white, it almost seem bleached and/or fluorescent, like A4 paper. It doesn't 'feel' like A4 paper, but I'm no authority there. Aside from that, the paper color of the first page attached to the cover seems normal, unlike the rest of the book.
I've personally never seen a book, even a brand new release in mint condition, with paper that 'white'. Seller description states book is in very good condition, but the paper here seems a little too new, considering age of publication.
Is it common practice to counterfeit a title like City Watch trilogy, where it's not even a first edition, with no 'extras' like signatures? I would think production costs of the counterfeit copy would be too high, but again, I'm no expert on that area. I paid USD 40 for the book. There are cheaper copies about, but this seller had lower shipping costs, so total price including shipping was actually more agreeable to me.
Are there any other ways I could check to verify authenticity of the book? Is this a counterfeit, or is a new/near mint copy of the book really really white (paper), and I just got lucky? Appreciate feedback on this, thanks.