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Subject: Binding question
Date Posted: 11/1/2007 1:44 AM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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Hello everyone! I'm fairly new and I have a binding question. I'm in receipt of a trade paperback book wherein the cover is coming unglued approximately 1 1/2 inches from the bottom. The book and pages are intact. Since I will more than likely repost it when finished I'm concerned whether this is acceptable within the binding guidelines or if this is even considered a  binding issue. There is also a 3/4 inch tear in the front near the binding edge which I realize is acceptable however may be why the glue is coming undone. I do not want to mark the book with a problem and cause any problems if in fact it is considered acceptable.  However, I am not a big swapper at this time so my credits are very precious to me. Any help would be appreciated.



Date Posted: 11/1/2007 2:47 AM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2005
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According to the Book conditions listed in the help section (you can find these by clicking on on the "need help" button above and typing in "book condition"), here is what is acceptable for a binding:


  • 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
  • So I think the 'unglued' section would be against the conditions of the site.


So I think the 'unlgued' section would be against the site's standard.  I'd mark it received with a problem and contact the sender to make sure that they know this kind of book shouldn't be posted.

Also, I would like to urge you not to hesitate to mark a book received with a problem if it doesn't meet the site's conditions.  You aren't "causing problems" by doing so, you are just following the site's rules.  If I send out a book that doesn't meet the standards, I want the book marked recieved with a problem and I want to be told.  If you're dealing with a good swapper, it won't hurt their standings.  If they are not a good swapper, then you are doing the rest of us a favor by bringing their poor record to the attention of those who run the site.  So don't feel bad about it! 

Last Edited on: 11/1/07 2:48 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/1/2007 12:55 PM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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Thanks Kari for responding. I didn't want to mark it received with a problem if in fact it was considered acceptable under the guidelines which is where my confusion set in. But I think you have cleared that up for me.


Thanks again.