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Subject: Not checking books when I receive them...
Date Posted: 8/26/2008 8:34 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2005
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You'd think I'd learn...I've been a member over 3 years now.  I am almost finished with a book I really like, I turn a page and almost every line is underlined in ink.  And the next page and the next...most of the last chapter and the author's note are underlined.

It is incredibly distracting, and annoying, and so against the rules.   This happens more than occasionally, but because I hadn't checked the book or read it right away, I don't usually say anything to the sender.  Plus, I hate controversy.  I did look up the sender, and guess what???  Right, no books listed, etc. 

I really understand that sometimes we might not read a book we end up swapping, and a quick go through doesn't reveal minor highlighting or underlining, or even a few water spots...and we mistakenly send it off.  But this is page after page after page.   And you know, I  am one who can say, well such and such doesn't really affect the readability of the book, yet, in this case it does.  It is emphasizing what some other reader found important or intriguing and is bugging the bejeezums out of me!

There...rant over.

Editted for spelling.

Last Edited on: 8/27/08 10:56 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/26/2008 9:18 PM ET
Member Since: 8/13/2008
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I am sorry you got an unpostable book. :( I wish more people would read the rules and FOLLOW them.

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 9:38 PM ET
Member Since: 8/14/2008
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I am pretty sure I have not anything poseted that it unpostable, but what is unpostable. ARCs, of which I only own one or two anyway, are not an issue - my father sells rare books on Biblio, if I wanted to get rid of any ARCs, they would go to him. Books with water damage, or books with no front cover. I understand why CDs, Vids, DVDs and puter programs are unpostable - there is a sister site available for them. coloring book and workbooks, school and educational supplies are unpostable, but not textbooks, teachers books, ect? Patterns of varoius types - sewing, crochet, painting, woodwork, whatever are upostable; but books of patterns, projects, ect, are okay? what about books of reproducables, either for crafting or schooling? Cookbooks are fine, but i take it recipie card sets, ect, are unpostable? What about community cookbooks? Anything else i should be prewarned is unpostable? And, beyond the missing front cover, water damage, ect, what makes a book 'not in reasonable or readable condition'? Missing pages, obviously - scribbling on pages, ect. Excessive highlighting, underlinging, margin note taking is being mentioned here. I sometimes use the blank page behind the title page of a paper back with a complicated cast to make a character map or draw a map, ect - but i almost never write on the story pages. is that unpostable? what about if a book has a name on the inside front cover, or a book plate? a stamp from a library or used book store? what if it has been bookcrossinged? ect, ect....
Date Posted: 8/26/2008 9:48 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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I look over books really well before marking them received. I didn't always, and like you, found problems later.

The past few weeks, I've been in the process of trying to catalogue all (or at least most) of my books, and I've noticed a few more problem books. With a hardback Agatha Christie mystery, I had to look inside to find the ISBN number, and discovered that two pages are covered with ink scribbles. And with another, I now realize that I was sent a hardback copy of Hemingway's stories instead of a trade paperback -- not a problem, except that it's an edition that has no ISBN number. At least neither of these problems compromises the readability of the books, but I agree with you -- underlining and highlighting do indeed make a book less readable.

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 9:55 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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Latricia if you'll go to the help center it will list out what is allowed and what isn't...Very important information in there...