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Subject: Book editing - converting the weight of a book
Date Posted: 7/13/2009 4:16 PM ET
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I occasionally edit books I'm posting, and sometimes there's very little info on the book, so I'll put in what I can, but I very seldom do the weight because I don't know how to convert from ozs to the system used by PBS.  I can do 1 lb, and 12 ozs (.75); 8 ozs (.50) and 4 ozs (.25), but I can't do the math to convert  a book that weighs  -- say -- 3.6 ozs to the formula used by PBS.  Can anyone enlighten me?  Thanks   Pat

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 4:47 PM ET
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If you divide the book weight in ounces by 16 (the number of ounces in a pound), this should equeal the PBS number. Your example would be 3.6 oz divided by 16 = .23 of a pound.  :)

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 4:49 PM ET
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1 ounce = 0.0625 pounds.

You multiply your ounces by that 0.0625

so 3.6 oz times 0.0625 = 0.225 pounds (or 0.23 with rounding)

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 6:50 PM ET
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Thanks much.  Really appreciate it.  I was trying to divide to make it come out, and it wasn't working.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 8:55 PM ET
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I'm lazy and use this little online calculator to convert ounces to pounds: http://www.calculateme.com/Weight/Ounces/ToPounds.htm

i.e. Put in 4.6 Oz, it tells you it = .2875 pounds.

Hope it helps.