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Subject: Autographed copy - OK to post?
Date Posted: 10/23/2010 9:09 AM ET
Member Since: 3/11/2007
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I have a book that has been autographed by the author and I need to know if it is okay to post it on PBS. 

I know I have received autographed copies in the past and didn't have a problem with it.  I just can't recall if PBS guidelines prohibit posting signed copies or not.  indecision

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 9:15 AM ET
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That is no problem as long as the  scrawl does not go over text pages. Even dedications on the inside cover are OK

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Date Posted: 10/23/2010 9:21 AM ET
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Great!  Thanks for the quick reply!!

mistie -
Date Posted: 10/23/2010 2:45 PM ET
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In fact, I think autographed is good LOL

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 2:47 PM ET
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Agreed, I wish there were more autographed books on PBS!  I think they're neat!

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 2:57 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Yup, signatures are just fine. From the Help Center:

Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS





  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed".  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • No loose or missing text pages
    • for travel guide books - maps if designed to be detachable may be detached, but must be included.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages
    • a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY
    • an author's signature on the title page is OKAY
    • writing or highlighting or underlining on the text pages is NOT OKAY
      • Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing
Date Posted: 10/23/2010 7:03 PM ET
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Thanks everyone!  I enjoy get autographed copies too.  I tend to pass them along unless it is book I was planning on keeping.

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Date Posted: 10/23/2010 10:37 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2010
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I don't mind autographs either!  I think it's awesome to have the books signed!

I'm glad PBS is okay with autographs!

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 5:54 AM ET
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mistie -
Date Posted: 10/24/2010 5:03 PM ET
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I just ordered a book from this site - I received a PM that I had in fact requested it from the author, and she was going to sign it for me. I thought that made it an interesting  interesting, and special, book request.

Date Posted: 10/26/2010 11:42 PM ET
Member Since: 11/8/2009
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I would love to find an author autograph inside a book I had ordered but the more i read here the more it seems that a lot of people will complain about anything to get that free credit so I would PM the person just to cover yourself.

Date Posted: 10/27/2010 1:35 AM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2006
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Since it's specifically allowed in the rules, there's no need to PM. You'll just open yourself up for possible issues if you do. (Like if they don't respond in time, who should cancel the book, etc.)

Date Posted: 10/27/2010 1:59 AM ET
Member Since: 7/28/2006
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Ditto to what Willa said.  It's specifically covered in the rules, so no PM is needed.  The only way the requesting member would be entitled to a credit refund for an author signature is if they had an RC specifically stating they did not want signed books.