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Date Posted: 8/3/2008 1:55 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/3/2008 1:58 PM ET
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I feel no obligation to pass along any books, be they a bookcrossing or not.  Why not just send it to her and be done? 

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 2:04 PM ET
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I already said, The implication is still there.  And I know my friend will feel funny about receiving a book with such a label. I wouldn't do that to her.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 2:20 PM ET
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I'm not entirely certain this is true, but it's possible, so let's wait and see.  Maybe somebody else can tell me if I'm right or wrong:

If you haven't accepted the offer yet, set a requester condition that you will not accept Book Crossing books and when you accept the offer, and they refuse due to your conditions, you will be placed back in the Wish List line.

If this is possible, then you're all set.

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Date Posted: 8/3/2008 2:38 PM ET
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I don't know if you can set Requestor Conditions after the fact - BUT you could pm the other person, ask them to cancel, THEN set your RC - so that when they repost, they can then click that it doesn't meet your conditions.  That will keep you first in line.  But I would then recommend leaving the Requestor Conditions in place so that the next time someone posts that book, they know that you're wanting to give it as a gift.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 2:52 PM ET
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What if the person had not listed in their profile that they labeled their books as bookcrossing books?  Then you would have never known, and the book would have gone to your friend anyway.  Just give her a head's up as to what bookcrossing is and let her know that she doesn't have to participate (unless she wants to, of course), and then set your RCs to say no bookcrossing books.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 3:00 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/3/2008 3:01 PM ET
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If you are really bothered that much by Book Crossing books, then I suggest you get an RC in place for future orders. 

As someone mentioned you could send a polite PM to the person explain you are sending to someone else and could they cancel the order and repost it so that your RC could be turned down and they could send it to the next person while you wait for someone with an unmarked copy. IF she has already paid for DC or postage or something and won't, well you'll have to chaulk it up to live and learn and make sure you ar eprepared so it doesn't happen again.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 3:03 PM ET
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You could also ask if they are minimul stickers, have it sent to you instead, and place pretty labels over the BC labels, even over the stamps. Sure, it will emphasize the fact that it is a used book,but if it is one she REALLY wants to read, that will not matter. If you have a color label, You can put something special about your friendship and a pretty flower, and other ones if needed could just be decorative. If you want I can send you some labels that are larger than the average address labels, I have TONS They would make perfect book plate labels and cover most any BC sticker :)  I'd even be happy to desing and print them on a color printer for you.

Once the book arrives, send me the dimensions of all the stickers and stamps and we will get them covered up, and I promise you they will look really nice! Together we can make this bad book turn into a special book.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 3:06 PM ET
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If I'm giving a book as a special gift to someone, I just buy it new.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 3:28 PM ET
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Subject: Bookcrosing books
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 3:56 PM ET
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The labels that are put in Bookcrossing books aren't always big, huge stickers. I got a Bookcrossing book once that had itsy bitsy sitckers..

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 4:55 PM ET
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What about PMing and asking if the label could be removed? Or maybe it hasn't been put on yet? I would ask asap, because you never know!

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 5:13 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/3/2008 5:29 PM ET
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If you don't want BookCrossing books, write up a requestor condition for them. If you had done so, this would never have been a problem for you in the first place.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 8:11 PM ET
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I'd PM to ask if the book has been marked, if so  how much and how large are the stickers. I've gotten them and marked them that I got them but haven't passed any on, don't feel obligated to either.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 9:50 PM ET
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I'd never heard of BookCrossing before I read this thread but it sounds like a fun thing to do.  I may have to check it out!


Date Posted: 8/3/2008 9:57 PM ET
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I got a BC book and it was an author I keep.  I didn't have any problem not passing it on.  Maybe you could get some wallpaper (like at the Dollar Store or someplace similar) and make a cover for the book (or maybe just put the wallpaper on the inside of the front and back cover, and then put a bookmark on it that says "This book belongs to" or "This book was presented toL>>>>>> by >>>>>>>> with love' or something similar to make it a more personal book.  Pat

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 10:09 PM ET
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I would PM the person and ask them to cancel the request, then I agree with the other people here... you should place an RC stating you don't want Bookcrossing books.  I have that as an RC, even though I have never received a Bookcrossing book in a swap before either, but just in case I placed it.  In the future if you don't want the possibility of a BXing book you should place this.... you can always turn them off later...

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 5:07 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/4/2008 10:33 AM ET
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Jan, you can set up an RC for the gift ones but not turn it on. Make sure anything you don't want to be BC are not on auto-request, and then when the offer comes in for those books, turn the RC on before accepting it. Once that order is done, turn the RC back off. 

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 10:35 AM ET
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I just got a bookcrosser book - the sticker was all of 2" by 1".  Really innocous.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 10:50 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/4/2008 11:12 AM ET
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I really don't get what the big deal is... So what if it is a Bookcrossing book?  It doesn't mean your friend has to do anything with it.  I get Bookcrossing books all the time and I never bother with following through with the Bookcrossing thing.  Just explain to her what a Bookcrossing book is and tell her that it's up to her as to whether she wants to log it in to Bookcrossing. 

[Edited to add:  I agree with the others about creating an RC that you can turn on if this situation ever arises again.  Also if it is really that important that you don't get a Bookcrossing book to give as a gift, then buy it new from the store.  I assume your friend *knows* that the book you are giving her is used, right?  There are no guarantees with used books.]

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Date Posted: 8/4/2008 11:57 AM ET
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I suggest you buy your gift books new from Amazon or some such place.  Books that are PBS acceptable are not always gift quality and should not be expected to be.