"The site is self-proclaimed 'verified by Visa' and 'safe and secure.'
There are even reviews listed on blogs and other consumer websites
claiming the legitimacy of Touch Textbooks, but do not be fooled."
What's wrong with this picture? While the service seems attractive to students used to paying hundreds of dollars for college textbooks, the site actually contains PDF versions of far fewer than the millions of e-books they proclaim, and none of the publishers (much less the authors) receive any compensation for the revenue it generates.
A quick Google search brings up many forum posts touting this site: Some of these posts have received quick replies, such as:
"Since college text books are copyrighted material, there is no way the copyright holder is going to allow them to be downloaded for free. If someone is indeed downloading text books, it's because they're pirating them. In other words, it's illegal. My advice; don't do it."