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Subject: Are these 2 books postable?
Date Posted: 6/20/2008 1:34 PM ET
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The first book I have has the top of the very first page where there are reviews for the book ripped about 2 1/2 inches long and 1 inch from the top of the page.  Is this postable?

The second has pencil marks on the table of contents page that were erased, but still vaguely visible. Is this postable?

I found the guidelines for book conditions, but these are sort of in between the lines postable to me, so I was wanting to get others opinions. Thanks for any help you can offer.



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Date Posted: 6/20/2008 1:45 PM ET
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<<The first book I have has the top of the very first page where there are reviews for the book ripped about 2 1/2 inches long and 1 inch from the top of the page.  Is this postable?>>

Per the Help Center: "No torn or chewed/gnawed pages". Period.  So, not postable.

<<The second has pencil marks on the table of contents page that were erased, but still vaguely visible. Is this postable?>>

From the Help Center: "No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages"  If it is a textbook, you can post, but you must get consent from the recipient before sending via PMs.

"Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing

  • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
  • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO before the book is sent
  • This is the one of the ONLY two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent(the other is for cookbooks--see below)."

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Catt


Date Posted: 6/20/2008 1:49 PM ET
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I would post the second book, since it's on the table of contents page rather than a text page.  When the admin team talks about "text pages" I've felt they were talking about pages with text on them, rather than textbook pages.

Date Posted: 6/20/2008 2:56 PM ET
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<<I would post the second book, since it's on the table of contents page rather than a text page.  When the admin team talks about "text pages" I've felt they were talking about pages with text on them, rather than textbook pages.>>

I respectfully disagree. The table of contents is a key and textual component of the book.  The page isn't blank :-)

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 6/20/2008 3:13 PM ET
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I think the second one would be postable.  A lot of libraries - and some used book stores - make marks on the title and TOC pages; I hardly imagine that every book from a library should now become unpostable because of it. 

"Text pages", outside of PBS, refers to pages including the text of the book, not just a page with print on it.  That would exclude title page, TOC, copyright page, etc.  PBS might have a different definition, of course, so my opinion is just that... :-)

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Date Posted: 6/20/2008 3:23 PM ET
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My opinion: first book is unpostable (unfortunately) and second is postable.  Writing was not on a text page and is technically not there anymore anyway, if it has been erased and especially if it is almost invisible ("vaguely visible").

Date Posted: 6/20/2008 3:49 PM ET
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I'm voting for 1st book unpostable and 2nd book postable.  Many books have initials, library and used book store marks on one of the beginning pages.  This is allowed.  Since this is barely visable, erased pencil marks on an index page then I'd say it's OK.  If it was throughout the book then I'd say non-postable. But I think these falls along the lines of initials or a name on the publishing page type thing.