Macmillan Learning Joins Industry Fight Against Counterfeit Educational Materials

Partnership with major content providers and distributors represents largest effort against counterfeit and piracy practices in education

February 21, 2018

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Macmillan Learning, a premier education solutions company, today announced an agreement to join the Educational Publishers Enforcement Group ("EPEG") and will formally endorse the Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices ("Best Practices") created by EPEG and its partners. By joining this team of content providers including Cengage, Elsevier, McGraw-Hill Education and Pearson, and working with distributors like Barnes & Noble Education, Chegg, Follett and Ingram, which have endorsed the Best Practices, Macmillan Learning is now part of the largest industry effort in identifying and eliminating counterfeit textbooks.

Last year, EPEG developed Best Practices to address and combat the growth in production and sales of counterfeit textbooks. Although the production of counterfeit materials is a copyright infringement and a violation of federal law, publishers and vendors noted a troubling increase in illegal activity in recent years.

"Our company revolves around enabling instructors and institutions to deliver and optimize learning for students. This requires the best authorship and domain experts in the world to create pedagogically sound and researched education solutions," said Macmillan Learning CEO Ken Michaels. "It takes enormous time, energy and commitment to fulfill this life's work and these experts deserve our support and the country's IP protection. We are pleased to join EPEG to fully endorse the best practices we have embraced."

EPEG Best Practices outline immediate steps designed to eliminate counterfeit textbooks from the market. Found at, the Best Practices include over 19 different steps geared to avoiding counterfeit textbooks including important advice on partnering with reliable sources and vendors.

"We are working every day to create content and tools to improve student outcomes," said Macmillan Learning General Manager Susan Winslow. "The increase in counterfeit materials has negatively impacted our ability to invest in the future platforms and programs, and we cannot allow it to continue."

"We look forward to collaborating with our industry colleagues to quickly and immediately address this issue," said Mr. Michaels. "At Macmillan Learning, our mission is simple ̶ to improve lives through learning by helping each learner reach their fullest potential. There is a trust that is inherent in this mission, so there is no place for counterfeiters in our ecosystem."

Information and warning signs on how to avoid, identify, and report illegal activity can also be found at

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