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Subject: Book with writing on the side
Date Posted: 8/14/2008 5:10 PM ET
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I am a teacher and I have a bad habit of writing my name down the sides of books (on the page side).  This way I can easily identify my books.  The ink is not in the text nor has it destroyed the inside of any of the pages.

I am doing an overhaul of the books that I have in my office, and there are a few that I would like to post that have my name on the side and on the inside cover.   Are they postable? 

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 5:24 PM ET
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Writing a on flyleaf is ok, so your name on the inside cover should be fine.  I would think on the side would be ok too as it's ok to post books with remainder marks drawn across the pages.  Double-check the help center, but I know I wouldn't have an issue with what you've described.  I usually put my last name on the outside of my teacher books so I can easily identify then when another teacher "borrows" them from my room. *g*

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 5:26 PM ET
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Sometimes I post them, and then check with the member before sending it off. That seems to work well. From what I remember small marks are not a problem. I tend to check just in case the book is intended as a gift. Hope that helps!

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Date Posted: 8/14/2008 5:35 PM ET
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The name on the inside cover is allowable, but I'm not sure about the name on the side.  There's really nothing about it in the Help Center aside from the bit about remainder marks.  Considering that the guidelines say no writing on text pages, and since, while looking at the text pages, there's no writing on the actual page, I would think it's OK.

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 5:41 PM ET
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I agree with James. I would just PM the requestor to let them know about it prior to sending it out.

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 9:39 PM ET
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I would definitely PM before sending these books, or just not post them at all. Personally, I wouldn't bat an eye at a remainder mark, but if someone had their name written in black permanent marker down the side of the book I would probably mark it received with a problem. (not saying that these are what yours look like, I honestly don't know, that is just what I imagined when I read your post.)

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Date Posted: 8/15/2008 5:10 AM ET
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Writing on the side edges of the pages has been discussed occasionally over time, and PBS has always popped in and said that it is no different than the stamps put on the edges by libraries and bookcrossings. It's ink on the side edges, that's all. You don't need to PM them just as you wouldn't need to PM the requestor if there was a library stamp on the page edges. HTHs

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Date Posted: 8/15/2008 7:38 PM ET
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It wouldn't bother me.

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 8:08 PM ET
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I do the same with my professional software books so they won't walk.

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 9:33 PM ET
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What is a remainder mark anyway?

Date Posted: 8/15/2008 9:43 PM ET
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A remainder mark is a mark, usually made with a permanent marker or some wide-tipped marker down the top or bottom edge of the pages of a book made by bookstores to mark their inventory, I think when it is moving from full price to bargain price.  Those books are perfectly okay to post at PBS, according to the rules.