I just downloaded some e-books via file sharing client and I want to know if they are real or fake. I mean could it possible that the content in some pages may be altered? Is there any guarantee about it? Do I need to worry about it at all? Surely, you guys may have more experience about downloading such things.
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The only way you could verify the contents would be a direct comparison to a known good version of the work. The other option is that if the file is an exact copy of a specific file (supposedly), you can review the checksum, commonly done using
If you only have a single copy of a work, then you have nothing to compare it against. An e-book is just a (usually) read only document formatted for a particular type of software package. The contents it holds is arbitrary and anybody can create an e-book that says anything, just like they could with a standard book.
In short, without a known good copy to compare it against, you have no real way to verify its accuracy to the original.