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Subject: Barnes and Noble--Brand New Book Postable Question
Date Posted: 8/30/2009 3:34 AM ET
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I just bought a book at B&N that interested me.  I didn't look at it close.  The book is wishlisted, with none in the system.  When I got it home, and looked at it better, the pages are not even.  It looks like they cut the page paper in all different widths.  There are about 10 pages one width, then 10 not as wide , then 10 wider, all through the book.  There is nothing about that for postability, but  would wonder if someone would complain.  Should I post it after reading it, then if someone request it, PM them and let them know, or just put it in the bazaar?

 

The Dart League King
Author:
Keith Lee Morris

Publication Date: 10/1/2008

Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 11

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 4:33 AM ET
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Lisa, is the store close by or far away from you?  I would seriously consider taking it back to B&N and exchanging it for another copy. You shouldn't have to worry about the condition of a brand new book being postable or not. It's not your fault that the publisher goofed.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 5:10 AM ET
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B&N is far away.  So taking it back will not be an option.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 6:34 AM ET
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So the edge of the pages looks ragged?  If it's what I think it is, it's an aesthetic thing, and the book is still postable - they did it on purpose.  I'll see if I can find a picture.



Last Edited on: 8/30/09 6:35 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/30/2009 6:41 AM ET
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It's called a deckle edge.  Does the book kind of look like this: http://www.mywingsbooks.com/coll-terms/edg02_05.jpg ?

Here's a Metafilter thread on them: http://ask.metafilter.com/43001/How-do-publishers-make-roughcut-pages

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 6:49 AM ET
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I don't see any reason why that would not be postable.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 7:22 AM ET
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Britney,

 I believe that is what it is.  I personally don't like it.  The paper feels rougher, and it is really hard to turn the pages.  It looks unfinished and ragged to me.  From the bottom and top of the book, it looks like the picture.  I just don't like the look of the outer edges.  I have read hundreds of books in my lifetime, and have never came across a book like this.  It looks cheaply made to me.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 7:31 AM ET
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Lisa, then it's intentional and 100% postable. 

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 8/30/2009 9:38 AM ET
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I just got Blindman's Bluff (Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus, Bk 18) in the mail yesterday, and it's also got deckle edges. It's the regular William Morrow edition sold in bookstores, not a book club edition. I've occasionally seen books like this in the past, so I didn't even think about it.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 10:54 AM ET
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It is postable.  I wondered if there was a problem with the book when I first came across that type of edging.  It is intentional - though personally I don't like it - it doesn't matter when you are reading it just looking at it!  Post away.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 3:47 PM ET
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Thanks everyone!

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 5:58 PM ET
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It is also called rough edges or rough cut. I've had multiple of those.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 8:25 PM ET
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I'm with the postable crew

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 9:55 PM ET
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I personally hate it when the publisher does that type of edging. But that does not affect the post-ibility of the book. 

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 10:24 PM ET
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As has been stated, it is totally intentional. You should not waste a trip back to the store because they're all gonna have the same deckle edge. Cheers.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 10:39 PM ET
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When I first posted my response I didn't realize that your book has deckle edges. I have a couple of books like that. Yes, it is postable as the others have said.

Date Posted: 8/31/2009 5:29 AM ET
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I learn something new every day.

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 3:31 AM ET
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I am so glad to come across this thread!  I do not like those edges either!  Not long ago, after standing in line at B&N with a book that looked really interesting, I saw that kind of edge on it.  I left my place in line, found the display again, and started to grab another one - but they were all that way.  I never did buy the book, b/c I was afraid it would look like water damage to someone.  I might have marked one water damaged that wasn't until reading this.  Thanks for letting us know!       :)     D.

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 7:48 AM ET
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The first couple times I came across that kind of edging I also thought the book had a defect.  I've gotten several since--I don't know why they do that. 

I recently read the book Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker--the premise is that a demon is posessing the book.  So the book itself has kind of aged looking pages--brown and slightly burned looking.  I got the book from PBS and at first glance I thought the book was messed up!  It took me a couple minutes to realize it was supposed to look like that.  :)

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 5:34 AM ET
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Joy,

   I have not seen a book like that, either.  I probably would have thought it was a messed up book, also.

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 10:39 AM ET
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i don't like them either, but yep. Perfectly postable. I have no idea why publishers would want the book to look like that. I can't stand it!

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 11:22 AM ET
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Deckle edge books look more like hand bound books.  It's an aesthetic choice.

ETA - it's essentially the shabby chic of the book design world and, incidentally, more expensive to produce.



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Subject: Contacting the publisher can also get results
Date Posted: 9/3/2009 1:32 PM ET
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While it sounds like this book is in fine condition and actually "deckle edged" (learning new words every day:)), if it is an error, you can contact the publisher directly and get good results.

Last year, I bought a book at an airport and when I was about halfway through, there was about 20 pages missing.  The binding was fine, nothing was torn out, and those pages were not resorted somewhere else in the book.

I sent an email to the publisher and explained my problem and said that I had bought the book at an airport and no longer had the receipt and would not be returning to that airport anytime soon.

The publisher sent me a brand new copy to my home within a week at  no charge to me.

Happy reading!