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Bruce -
Subject: Brand stinkin new library(?) book
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 1:17 PM ET
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Just received a book in the mail. It has the protective plastic cover over the dust jacket like a library book. It has the label on the spine indicating it's place on the library shelf. But it has no library stamp or barcode for scanning. The book looks and smells brand stinkin' new. The spine is stiff like a new book. I'm not sure what to make of it. It's as if someone who works at a library took this book before it could go into circulation and sent it to me. My concern is whether I can repost it. What do ya'll think? Is this a RWAP? Can I repost it?



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Date Posted: 5/27/2014 1:41 PM ET
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It was probably a rental.

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 1:56 PM ET
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Does not sound like it is unpostable so I it would not be marked a Problem swap.

Many books get removed from circulation in very good shape these days so I highly doubt a worker took a brand new book they weren't supposed to and swapped it. If you are concerned on whether it was properly discarded, look up the number of the library it is stamped to and call them.

Bruce -
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 2:02 PM ET
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The book has no library stamp on it. The pages smell like it is fresh of the press. I am the first person to touch those pages. But it has the plastic cover and on the spine a label that says "F McM". It's a fiction book by Larry McMurtry. Diane, what do you mean by rental?

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 2:12 PM ET
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Here is an example:  http://aikenlibraryfriends.com/programs/bookrent.html

 

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 2:17 PM ET
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Bruce, there are book rental sites that literally rent you books for a monthly fee (I don't feel comfortable listing them here).  If it were me, I'd chalk it up to a library discard, leave the plastic and spine info intact, and post the thing when you're done.

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 2:17 PM ET
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Bruce, there are book rental sites that literally rent you books for a monthly fee (I don't feel comfortable listing them here).  If it were me, I'd chalk it up to a library discard, leave the plastic and spine info intact, and post the thing when you're done.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 2:47 PM ET
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What's the pub date? If it's not his newest work, then it sounds like a library binding that was remaindered. If it is his newest work, then there still might be ways that a non-library could end up with a library binding, or even that a library system could end up with too many copies and resell one on Amazon or AbeBooks which eventually made its way to you.

Bruce -
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:07 PM ET
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It's his newest novel published May 7th, 2014. Again no other marking whatsoever other than the label on the outside of the spine. I just don't want to get RWAPed if I repost it.

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Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:27 PM ET
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You shouldn't get RWAPed as it doesn't fall under any of the conditions for RWAP.

zeke68 -
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:27 PM ET
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Library books are postable.  You will not get a RWAP unless you send it to someone who has a "no library book" RC.  If by chance someone does RWAP you who does not have a "no library book" RC, you can respectfully decline to return the credit because there was no RC in place.

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 3:31 PM ET
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Library books are 100% postable, unless someone has a "no ex-library books" RC. So, I don't see why you couldn't post it, and I don't see any reason anyone could RWAP it (barring the RC).

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 5:10 PM ET
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I get your concern.  You could send a polite PM to the sender asking where books like this come from.  There is probably a reasonable explanation.

Bruce -
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 5:29 PM ET
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Ok, yeah, I guess you are right. I was just concerned that it hadn't been marked as withdrawn from the library but then again it doesn't have a library stamp so.... I'll go ahead and accept it and repost when I'm done reading. Thanks.

Date Posted: 5/27/2014 7:25 PM ET
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I volunteer for our FOL so we get tons of library discards to put in our used bookstore.  Some appear brand new and others are food-stained or, as in the one I had to trash today, had a cover apparently nibbled by a pet rodent!


It's been a few years, but I remember a thread here where some members were accusing anyone who sent them a former library book of theft. One even went so far as to call cross-country to the library whose stamp was in the book to "report" the sender as a book thief!



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Bruce -
Date Posted: 5/27/2014 11:07 PM ET
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Well this book was just published three weeks ago so I doubt it is a library discard. Just didn't want to get RWAPed myself for sending a library book that was not stamped as withdrawn. But it appears I have no worries. Thanks to everyone for your input.
Date Posted: 5/28/2014 12:57 AM ET
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Maybe a library over-purchased and surplused the book...or received too many and returned to the publisher...any number of scenarios.  With no ownership stamp I would consider it a legitimate swap and log it in as received.  A few members get anal about library books, but mostly they need to chill b/c many books are legitimately rotated out of library inventory and into private ownership.

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Date Posted: 5/28/2014 12:03 PM ET
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I've known a very few people who plastic-covered their own books and put inventory stickers on the spine, the way libraries do. You may have received one of these - perhaps the original buyer/owner wound up with an extra copy. Or read it verrry carefully, didn't like it, and disposed of it.

Date Posted: 5/29/2014 12:00 PM ET
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This sounds like an extra-nice book, not a problem book!  You could always PM your requester and ask if it's OK.

Bruce -
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 12:53 PM ET
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I asked. She is a librarian who accidentally ordered an extra copy from the vendor. I wasn't worried that it was a library book, I get plenty of those. My understanding is that library books are supposed to be stamped as removed from the library system before posting. I just didn't want to get RWAPed when I reposted it. That's all. But it's all good. I got a brand new copy of the book. Thanked her for the book. Case closed. Thanks for all the input, it was helpful.
Date Posted: 5/29/2014 1:12 PM ET
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Many libraries no longer stamp discard on their books....some put a line through the barcode, and others don't even do that (merely remove the information from their database).  It's becoming less common to see a library book actually stamped as a Discard, especially if it doesn't have any distinguishing marks such as a library stamp.



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Date Posted: 5/29/2014 3:43 PM ET
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I'd keep an eye out for the Library Police!

-RD