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Subject: Book postable?
Date Posted: 3/1/2017 8:08 PM ET
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I have a paperback book that has a small tear in the bottom of the binding. Is there a way for me to post a pic of it from my phone?  I was wondering if it would be considered postable. 

Date Posted: 3/1/2017 9:41 PM ET
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If it's a small tear, less than 1 or 1 1/2 inch it should be fine. Is it mendable?  Sometimes a miniscule bit of white glue on the two sides of a tear can mend it invisibly. Also good for corners where the gloss printed layer is starting to peel back from the under layers.

From the help docs:


  • Must both be present (front and back)
    • note that a paperback missing its front cover is  usually an illegal, unsold copy
    • "cover" does not = dust jacket.  Hardcovers do not need to include their dust jackets to be swapped here.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • Cover not significantly torn, or chewed/gnawed at all
    • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 square inch, this is OKAY
    • a small rip (less than 1.5 inches) in the cover is OKAY
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed" above.  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • A bookplate inside the cover or on the flyleaf is OKAY


  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages, as below:
    • Tears up to an inch are OK if they don't interfere with text.
    • Yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed".  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.


To print a picture from your phone you have to upload the picture to a website, such as photobucket and then link it here. It's been a while since I've done it, but basically the picture has to be available on the web before PBS sees it.

Last Edited on: 3/1/17 9:43 PM ET - Total times edited: 1