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Subject: Is this book postable?
Date Posted: 5/16/2008 2:54 PM ET
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I have a weird one here ... 

It's an ex-library copy in mint condition - *except* for the fact that whoever decided to discard it went a little crazy with the discard stamp. They basically stamped discard on every page of the book that isn't a text page - front and back covers, inside front and back covers, flyleaf, title page, the publisher's note about the font at the back of the book. Plus across the "edge" of the book. On top of that the original library stickers are still on it and they're pretty obnoxiously noticable as well.

I know ex-library books are postable, and *technically* this book has no damage and is within the PBS rules - but I personally find the amount of library markings annoying and since I know *I* wouldn't want to receive a book like this, I'm wondering if I should be posting it.

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 3:11 PM ET
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It meets PBS criteria, so post it and don't worry. Someone who doesn't want marked-up books will probably have a no ex-lib and no bookcrossing condition. So post away!

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 3:29 PM ET
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Talk about stamp crazy..and a waste of time on the library workers side of things.

Just like to add that many librarys do not remove the labels as it is not worth the time nor energy since it is being discarded. I know I never do but I also do not go crazy with the discard stamp, mostly it is on the front page, back page and cross out the barcode and a black line through the spine labels. 

I would post it, some people just want to read the book and arent worried by a few (alot) stamps or labels.

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 4:21 PM ET
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I got one like that - maybe from the same library!  Anyway, it is postable according to the rules, so go ahead and post it.

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 5:53 PM ET
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My personal philosophy about "marginal" books is that I would rather have them to read than have to wait or buy one at full price.  I read 99% paperbacks because handling the large hardcover books is awkward for me ( not to mention expensive).   I don't keep my books because I don't really see most of what I read as being worthy of hanging onto forever thus becoming even more clutter than I already have! :D     I think there are lots of people like me. I didn't join hoping to make sure that I get a pristine, tradeable book every time because paperbacks especially have a limited lifespan.  Anyone that goes into this with an attitude that the only books they'll accept should be 100% like new, I think, is being very selfish and unrealistic.  Sure all those stamps are annoying - but it's the text that counts.  I would let anyone who asks for it know about the stamps just in case it really makes a big difference to them and save yourself some grief dealing with them.

EDIT:  I have received some books that had small tears in the front covers and I wondered if they were eally considered postable - but I want to read them and I don't have to go out and buy them if I can find them.  I WILL let anyone who wants them after me know about the tears.  They are very small tears.  If anyone knows that this is a disqualifier please let me know.


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Date Posted: 5/16/2008 5:58 PM ET
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Ruth, as long as the tear in the cover is less than 1" you don't have to let them know about the tear because it is within PBS guidelines

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 6:16 PM ET
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I would post it, and when it is requested I would drop the requester a pm to let them know.  I have posted 2 very postable books with bent -not torn covers.  I pm'ed the requestors to let them know before I accepted the order.  They we fine with the bends. 

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 4:17 PM ET
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Laura that's what I ended up doing as well - I PM'd the requesters to see if they still wanted the book. Surprisingly enough, it has now been turned down by 3 people and the wish list for it isn't too much longer...