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Subject: another ? of postable or not
Date Posted: 3/18/2009 8:38 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2005
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Just bought a NEW book Monday at Borders that has 31 wishers here and is a great book. There is a section at the back of the book, about 10 pages long, where for some reason the publisher decided to make the page edges gray - the part where the discussion question and author's notes are. The gray ink seems to have bled into the pages and across the top of the pages (it does NOT bleed into the text), but as far as I can tell it's something that happened at the presses - like maybe the book was closed before the ink dried. I can't see any actual sign of damage to the book but it's just really weird looking and it makes the top edge of the book look "dirty". I'm wondering if it's postable or if maybe I should take it back to the store and see if I can trade it in for another copy? Of course if it is a publishing error then every copy may have the same problem...

Actually now that I really look at it, those pages are warped across the top and so is the back cover. I REALLY wonder what happened to this book. Maybe I will just take it back and see if the other copies have the same issue or not.

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 8:54 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I would try and take it back.  I got a book from Amazon where they bound about 50 pages upside down and backwords.  I sent it back and the replacement had the same problem.  I sent the 2nd back and asked for a refund.

I would not have posted it here if they refused to take it back.

I have posted books that have publishing errors but where the book is still readable.  A lot of books have that occasional smudge or faded page or something. As long as it's readable and clearly a plublishing issue.  But I would try to exchange it.