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Subject: Books from 1940s, postable?
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 1:54 PM ET
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I got a box of books from someone on Freecycle, most of them are old hardbacks (not worth any money, I checked, haha) but most of them are yellowish. Most are in excellent shape for any book, let alone one 60 years old. Is the yellowing (mostly only on the outside edges, too) ok?

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 2:25 PM ET
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Seems okay to me, as part of the natural aging process of a book. If someone orders a book printed in the 1940s then they shouldn't be expecting crisp white paper.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:16 PM ET
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As long as it meets all the posting conditions.

From the Help Center:

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.
    • BookCrossing books may have stickers or stamps or markings on the outside or inside covers or page edges of the book; this is OKAY. These may not obscure text.
    • Hardbacks do NOT have to include their dustjackets.
    • Audiobooks MUST be the original cassettes/CDs, but do NOT have to include the outer "box" that held the set.
    • Audiobooks must be playable.
    • There is an exception to general condition guidelines for textbooks; see below.
    • There is an exception to general condition guidelines for cookbooks; see below.
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:55 PM ET
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OOOOh! What books?

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:08 PM ET
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I regularly post and send old volumes (just sent one out yesterday that was printed in 1957).  First I make sure the book meets the basic posting guidelines, including those for older books, then I post the book as being without an ISBN number, since books that old don't have one.  Since that PBS generated number is then unique to that particular copy of the book I note in the description that it is an older volume and emphisize the publication date.

Then, if someone requests the book, I accept the request and send them a PM, explaining that I just want to be sure that they understand this is an older volume and not a current publication (most of the ones I post are texts or technical books) and close by saying that the book will be mailed out the next day, unless they contact me to tell me not to.

It hasn't happened yet but if someone then asks me to cancel I'd do so with no problems and just relist the book.

ETF: typos caused by purring kitty in lap


Last Edited on: 6/3/09 4:09 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:15 PM ET
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And if you post without a number, be aware that you cannot edit the description after posting it.  So be sure to describe and promote your book well before entering it.

Daniel T. - ,
Date Posted: 6/6/2009 4:35 AM ET
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If you post books without a ISBN you can edit the book data later, if needed. You can pull the book by using Advanced Search.

Anyone have an original The Door Into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein 1957?

hehe... never hurts to ask...

Date Posted: 6/6/2009 9:48 AM ET
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Please, by all means post your older books. You never know what someone might be looking for.  One of my WL books is a children's book from the 1950's.

Date Posted: 6/6/2009 11:35 AM ET
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"Anyone have an original The Door Into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein 1957?"

Ummm... yes, I do... autographed.  It has always been my favorite Heinlein story and when I found an autographed first edition at Balticon seven years ago I snatched it right up.  It's kept in a very safe place and the only way anyone is getting it is through my estate.  :)


Date Posted: 6/6/2009 12:11 PM ET
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Definitely post them!  I love finding older, hard to get books here on PBS, it makes my day.  And like everyone says, if it says it was published in 1940, a person should know what to expect (so long as it isn't falling apart)   :)