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Subject: Is this book acceptable to post?
Date Posted: 7/24/2009 3:34 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
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I just received a book I requested and never saw one quite like this one.

It is a paperback sorta... the cover wraps around the inside like it's a book cover

except it is the actual cover. Hope that makes sense.

The papes are all nicely even on the top of book and on the bottom

But, the width of the pages are all different. About 10 pages are wider

than the next 10 pages and then they are narrower. Then about 10 pages

are wider again until the next 10 pages. It's as if the paper wasn't cut

to be the same width after printing. All the pages and outside of book is

clean. I want to repost this after reading but don't know if it would be

acceptable to someone else.

What do you all think. I haven't said I received it yet.Just got it today.

Thanks for all opinions and hope this all makes sense






Date Posted: 7/24/2009 3:40 PM ET
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I'm trying to picture this and just can't.  Anyway you coujld take a picture of it?  That might help.

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 3:41 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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I can't quite envision what you are describing.

But if it is fully readable, and doesn't break any other rules of PBS, I would guess that it is postable.

Does it look like some kind of mistakes in manufacturing or is some kind of "artistic" book?

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 3:43 PM ET
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It's a trade paperback with a wrap cover.  I know exactly what you mean.  It's all intentional and it's fine.  I'll see if I can find an example to post.

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 3:50 PM ET
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What caviglia said  : )   Sometimes those covers are also called turtlebacks.  As far as the pages, that's just a binding method.  It's more often seen in HBs though.  I have a few on my nightstand right now Commencement by Sullivan and The Devlin Diary by Phillips.

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 3:59 PM ET
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Ack.  I'm over my flickr limit, so I can't post! 

Turtleback!  Yes - I knew they had a real name - thanks, Meghan.

Severance by Robert Olen Butler also has the intentionally hand bound looking edges you describe. 

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 4:04 PM ET
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Thanks Caviglia and Meghan! I can read almost any kind of condition book myself.

Learn something new everyday.... turtle wrap, trade paperback,etc.


Date Posted: 7/24/2009 4:04 PM ET
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I've seen the binding style that leaves ALL the pages different widths, but never had them do a few this width, then a few this width, then back to this one, then on to that one, etc. But, since it is a printing style (you certainly didn't get out a pair of scissors or a cutting board and do this) I can't see why this would be in anyway unpostable. Same with the cover, if it's the way the printer made it, then it's postable. You don't even have to PM the requestor. They might have to look at it a time or two and think about it like you did, but I can't see them comming up with any other conclusion than has been posted here.

BUT, if for some reason the person is a stickler, and "wants all their books the same in their library" or whatever lame excuse they could come up with, in no way are you obligated to return their credit just because it is different. It isn't damaged, soiled or otherwise hurt, so they would need to just get over it. Ok?

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 6:44 PM ET
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It sounds like the book has deckled edges.  I've seen this frequently with paperback books that have wraparound covers like this one.