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Subject: Book Condition Advice Please
Date Posted: 7/11/2008 10:40 AM ET
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I have a wish listed paperback that has writing on the "dedication page".  It is not on the title page but on the second page where the dedication is.  It is two names and phone numbers, written rather large in pen.  It takes up about half the page.  I checked the book condition guidelines and they state no writing on the text pages, which this is actually not??

No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages

  • a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY
  • an author's signature on the title page is OKAY
  • writing or highlighting on the text pages is NOT OKAY

Just looking for some advice about whether I should post this or offer it as unpostable in the Bazaar.

Thanks for any help/advice!


Date Posted: 7/11/2008 10:42 AM ET
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If it were me... I would post it.. and then PM the requestor before I sent it to describe the writing to see if that was OK.  Its a little more hastle... but... I know I sure wouldn't mind the inscription.

Date Posted: 7/11/2008 10:59 AM ET
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I would say it is not postable. It is not an author's signature,  it sounds as if someone was using it for a memo pad.

Date Posted: 7/11/2008 11:01 AM ET
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It is technically postable.  However, I'd follow Lita's advice on this one.  Or offer it as a freebie with an order off your shelf.  I had a book with writing on a non text page, and that's what I did.

Date Posted: 7/11/2008 11:11 AM ET
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I myself wouldn't mind the writing. I would post it and then once the member request the book I would PM them and let them know of the issue and they can decide from there. JMO


Date Posted: 7/11/2008 11:32 PM ET
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Since it's a wish list book, I would absolutely post it and then PM as others have suggested.  I've done that with a couple obscure books because I knew that, if it were me, I wouldn't be bothered by the writing at all, and I wouldn't want to miss the opportunity to have the book.  Happily for all involved, the requestors felt the same way.  But if they hadn't, they could have simply said "no thanks," and I'd have then removed the book from my bookshelf.  I understand that rules about postables need to be in place to ensure that no one gets cheated, but this site is ultimately here to facillitate the exchange of reading materials.  If you post a book because you know that another person wants a copy, and you both agree that the condition is acceptable, it seems to me that this is in keeping with the spirit of the site and its rules.  It's a mitzvah to send an unpostable "free of charge," but a book costs the same to ship whether it has writing inside the cover or not.  If I read it and enjoy it, I feel that sender deserves a credit for their trouble, their time, and their dime.  But I do understand the opposite view, particularly for people who repost books.  If the condition of a book prevents the enjoyment of it, that recipient should not have to lose a credit for it.  That's why I love that PM!  So many books are in a gray area, especially if they aren't recent releases, it's just best to go straight to the horse's mouth and find out if it'll be acceptable to the guy who actually wants it. 


Date Posted: 7/12/2008 1:22 PM ET
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I agree. Basically, the dedication page is not a "text page," but the fact that the writing is so big would mean that I'd PM the sender.  Most people are going to say "yes, send it!" but still, it's nice to be asked.

Date Posted: 7/13/2008 10:02 AM ET
Member Since: 2/20/2008
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Thanks for all the advice.  I think I will post it and then PM the requestor, only because this is a large paperback (over 1pound already) and aside from the writing it is in excellent, like new condition. 

Thanks again for your input!


L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 7/13/2008 3:57 PM ET
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It is postable as long as the actual text of the book isn't affected.  A PM is nice; I suspect most people would be fine with it.

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 1:38 PM ET
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I know I've read this in other posts, but darned if I can't find it by searching.  I'm going to soon be in the OP's position with a book I'm reading.

Let's say the OP posts the WL book and the first person in line accepts.  Then the OP sends a pm to the requestor telling her about the writing on the dedication page.

What happens if the requestor says "no thank you" at that point?  I know that the OP has to cancel the request so the requestor can retain her place in the WL line.  But how can the OP post the book again, without it going to the same requestor?

Thanks, Deb


Date Posted: 7/20/2008 3:31 PM ET
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Deb, the first person in line would need to add a Requestor Condition so that when you repost the book, you can say it doesn't meet the RCs and move on to the next person in line. That hard thing about this is if the person is turning down the book because they believe it is unpostable, then they may also refuse to help you get the book to the next person in line.

I wouldn't PM for that reason, too much work to get the book through. The writing doesn't have to be an author's sig, as long as it is minimal and isn't in the story or over text, your book should be postable and have no need to PM the person about it.