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Subject: Is this book postable?
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 4:32 PM ET
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I have a hardback book, ex-library, in very nice condition, except that the first page (blank on both sides) has been torn out. I know positively that the missing page is blank. Is this book postable?


Date Posted: 2/28/2009 4:53 PM ET
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IMHO, yes, the book (as you have described it) is postable.

Per the help docs: http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/search.php?terms=missing+blank+page/


  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed".  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • No loose or missing text pages <-------Please note it says "no missing text pages" NOT "no missing pages"
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • 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
      • Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing
        • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
        • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO before the book is sent
        • This is the one of the ONLY two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent(the other is for cookbooks--see below).

General remarks:

  • This is a used-book swapping site; books are not expected to be in like-new condition.
    • Older books may have some page yellowing or spine-creasing or dogeared pages; these are all OKAY.
    • Decirculated library books may have various markings and/or stamps inside or outside or on the page edges of the book; this is OKAY.  These may not obscure text.<-----Key word: "Decirculated" as long as it's a FOL sale book, and you didn't "steal" the library book for swapping, it's okay.


ETA: To clarify, it doesn't have to be a FOL sale book, that's just my example. It CANNOT be a book you "forgot" to return to the library & they still want it back.  If the library de-circulated the book, it's okay.

Last Edited on: 2/28/09 4:55 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 8:04 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2007
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I'm finding that my library now removes the entire page that the RFID chip was on.  With more and more libraries switching to RFID systems, I expect we'll be seeing more of this.


RFID = Radio-frequency identification or the system that lets libraries check books in and out by placing them on a pad.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 11:35 AM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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Thanks for your advice!  


Date Posted: 3/1/2009 1:24 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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My library places that 'sticker' on the back cover of the book and then uses a magic marker to mark it out.  Pat