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Subject: bent books?
Date Posted: 11/7/2008 1:16 AM ET
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There doesn't seem to be anything about bent books in the condition guidelines. I usually assume they're unpostable. What do you think? Does it matter if it's a slight bend just at the top or bottom or a more significant bend?

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 6:26 AM ET
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are you referring to a bend in the cover?


Date Posted: 11/7/2008 7:12 AM ET
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IMO, unless the bend has resulted in damage to the pages, I think they are postable.  I've received several that have been almost been U-shaped but they flattened out okay after I stacked heavy items on them for about a day or so. 

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 1:30 PM ET
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I mean the book itself is bent, not the cover. Like I have one now that's kind of an S-shape.

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 1:46 PM ET
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Personally I wouldn't post a book that is eithre "U" shaped or "S" shaped (that one I'm interested in what it looks like) - don't think I've ever seen an "S" shaped book.  LOL. 

Don't think I'd like to receive either shapes though, but one slightly "U" shaped probably wouldn't matter.  Just MHO.  Pat

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 2:17 PM ET
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An S shaped book?  Yeah, I'd like to see that one!  I am thinking that that sort of crazy configuration would make it unpostable, under the general "needs to be in decent shape" condition.

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 2:24 PM ET
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S shaped sounds pretty weird:P  U shaped bends would depend on where the bend was, but book weights might straighten it out.  If it's a vertical bend, I'd try putting it on a hard surface with the fold or base of the U facing up, and then put a couple of very heavy book weights on it.  If you don't have them, a large hardcover book with something heavy on top of that will work.  Just leave it under there overnight and see how it looks the next day.  I bet that even if it doesn't lay perfectly flat & smooth after a day or two, you'll still end up with something in postable condition.  It's worth a try anyway.  Horizontal bends though, might be something else.  If the spine gets too weakened or broken across the middle, I don't think there's much that can be done for it.  This one sounds like it got packed away badly or smooshed up in a drawer.  I'd try the book weights and see what happens.

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Date Posted: 11/7/2008 3:08 PM ET
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I received a book that the sender used a rubber band to bind it in shipping. The rubber band was too tight and bent it in all sorts of weird ways. It was nearly crumbled- but in like new conditoion otherwise!  I accepted the book then informed the sender that they might want to stop using rubber bands!

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 8:37 PM ET
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I don't post books like this. I call them warped. My 12yr old daughter has a bad habit of bending books so the cover doesn't lay all the way flat. She'll have a book in her hands and kind of hold it so it looks like a rolled up newspaper. The book will meet all of PBS conditions, but still I wouldn't want to get a book like that.I often get onto her about it since she likes me posting her books, but still it's habit that is hard for her to break.

I Never thought of putting something heavy on it though to correct it. I'll do that.