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Subject: binding question
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 4:27 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
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I think I know what a cleaved binding is, but what if you open the front, and you can see a bit of, I'm not sure what, glue? it seems that the book I have has this in both front and back covers, and I suspect it was there from the beginning. Postable?

It is a larger PB in very good condition.


Last Edited on: 3/11/08 4:28 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 4:46 PM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
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I just bought a new hard cover and it had the same but only for the front cover.  Since I am the only owner, I know this was how the book was made.  I am going to post it.  The book doesn't fall open to the first page and it doesn't interfere with reading.  It's a WL book with a few hundred people waiting for it.

Last Edited on: 3/11/08 4:46 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 5:21 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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There's a link in this thread to some good images of a cleaved binding (not to mention some racy text of cleavage) :-)  http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=104069



Date Posted: 3/12/2008 6:32 PM ET
Member Since: 5/18/2005
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Ai chihuahua!  Racy is an understatement!


Now, can someone tell me where it says that broken or cleaved spines are an unpostable?  I thought that was the case, but I just received one that is cleaved and I can't for the life of me find it. 

Last Edited on: 3/12/08 6:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/12/2008 9:03 PM ET
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The official guidelines don't use the word "cleaved".  You might want to look at this thread: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=105593

The guidelines do state:


  • Must be intact, with no separation on the inside or outside of the book
  • If the book tends to open at a particular page, this is OKAY
  • Small amount of fraying or denting at top or bottom is OKAY



Last Edited on: 3/12/08 9:05 PM ET - Total times edited: 1