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Subject: Books with Accompanying CDs
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 2:05 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
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I understood the following (from the Help Docs) to mean that if a book was issued with a CD, that CD had to accompany the book to be postable--

Supplementary/Accompanying Materials:

  • Books that require supplementary Media materials MAY be Posted

    • supplementary Media materials include CD(s)/CD-ROMs/DVD(s)/VHS tape(s)
    • if the book originally included supplementary Media materials, the supplementary materials must accompany the book for the book to be postable.
  • Books that require non-Media supplementary materials MAY NOT be posted

    • an example would be a book that requires a decoder or craft materials
    • these items cannot be sent MediaMail
  • Books that originally had accompanying non-Media materials that are not required to read the book (ie, jewelry) MAY be posted.
    • The extra material does not have to be included, and if it is included, the book must not be sent using Media mail rate.


So yesterday I received a PM from someone who said the book I requested from her does not have the CD with it -- do I still want it?  In this particular case, no.  I want the CD.  But I did ask her if the book was postable without the CD. 


I haven't heard anything back from her yet and the transaction hasn't been cancelled. 


I'm confused by the phrase "books that require supplementary media."  I don't know that the CDs are actually *required" or not -- or does that phrase mean that they *are* required if they were originally included with the book? 


I've been holding off posting books with CDs until I actually find the CDs (I usually take them out of the book and put them in a case for protection).  And I thought the original CDs were required, so it didn't occur to me to PM the sender to make sure they were there? 

Date Posted: 3/5/2008 2:23 PM ET
Member Since: 9/18/2005
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Kris, you are correct in your assesment.  The CD's MUST be included with the book it if says that it comes with a CD.  The same is true with kids books that come with audio cassettes and such.  You shouldn't have had to PM the sender....she shouldn't have posted the book without the CD.   :)

ETA:  You may want to let her know that SHE needs to be the one to cancel the book so that you don't lose your place in the WL line (if it was WL'd).....she made the error, not you.  But please, do it kindly!  LOL 

Last Edited on: 3/5/08 2:24 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/5/2008 4:35 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
Posts: 345
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Thanks Amanda! 


ETA -- Ah -- I see what's happened now.  She apparently had printed the wrapper (after which I cannot cancel), but then it showed up again this morning.  It's rolled over to the next person with the book. 

Last Edited on: 3/5/08 5:33 PM ET - Total times edited: 1