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Subject: Book acceptable by PBS standards.
Date Posted: 11/4/2014 11:33 AM ET
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I have this book that came to me by way of a cousin who is a librarian in California by way of her aging aunt up the road.

The book doesn't look read much. To its credit it has one of those hard, clear plastic covers over its spine and more than an inch up from the spine. Here is what I am unsure of: On the back cover, top center, there was once something else that the library had stuck on the cover. And it has been scratched away in a manner that definitely mars the cover's appearance badly over an area approximately 1 1/2 inches by 2 inches.

And I can't find what PBS has in writing on this. Based on my description above, what do you advise?

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 12:58 PM ET
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I think it's a gray area.

I would probably accept the book, but not repost it.

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 2:22 PM ET
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Ditto to what Sara said. Though, I'm tending more and more to the school of thought that if it's not explicitly forbidden, and the book is otherwise fine, I will post.

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 8:00 PM ET
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My library just marks through those bar code things that they put on their books with a black magic marker and that is easily removed with Goo-Gone or something similar.  Have to agree that if someone scratched it off, then it does look unsightly, but is probably postable unless the requester had an RC which stated that the dust jacket must be included ){BS rules state that if an RC indicates that a DJ is required then it must meet the same postability rules as the book).  DJs are NOT required on books, so you could remove the DJ completely, but personally I prefer the DJ on even if it isn't in pristine shape.  Good luck with whatever you decide.  Pat

Date Posted: 11/4/2014 8:14 PM ET
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Thanks for the help, all. I use that Goo-gone extensively myself. I think I will mark it accepted, then PM the requester a thorough description of the damage and do whatever they want me to.