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Subject: Is a chewed book a RWAP?
Date Posted: 3/7/2010 3:43 PM ET
Member Since: 5/30/2007
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I received a book yesterday that appears to have been chewed by someone or something. There are teeth marks in the corner of the book, and that corner is bent. While the teeth marks are definite holes, the book isn't torn. The teeth marks penetrate to the first few pages of the book in the form of dents. I'm wondering, should this book be marked received with a problem? The guidelines talk about tears but not puncture holes. Help!

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 4:00 PM ET
Member Since: 8/5/2009
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The guidelines do actually talk about chewing/gnawing here: http://http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=205    For brevity's sake, here's the pertinent part:  (eta: the bold and italics are mine)

Cover:

  • Must both be present (front and back)
    • note that a paperback missing its front cover is  usually an illegal, unsold copy
    • "cover" does not = dust jacket.  Hardcovers do not need to include their dust jackets to be swapped here.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • Cover not torn or chewed/gnawed
    • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 square inch, this is OKAY
    • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed" above.  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • A bookplate inside the cover or on the flyleaf is OKAY


Last Edited on: 3/7/10 4:03 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 3/7/2010 4:40 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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My cat sometimes chews the corners of my books. I'd never post it after that but I assume it's what happened. Her teeth have penetrated a hardcover before, they're razor sharp! lol

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 7:04 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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Maybr a toddler was teething on it? I'd say it falls in the unpostable category.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 7:21 PM ET
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Thanks so much!

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 4:05 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Good instincts Mary Ann, chewed books are unpostable.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 10:21 AM ET
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I marked it RWAP and sent her a nice message. Who knows if I will hear back. Thanks again for the support and the link and wording of the rules. It really helped. 

BTW--my last book received was a book of puzzles with some of the puzzles already done. The member admitted that she knew about it before sending it. I didn't ask for my credit though. 

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 11:05 AM ET
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The member admitted that she knew about it before sending it.

I think when a member admits to sending an unpostable book that PBS will intervene and give you your credit back if they refuse.

I don't know if you can get it back now, though, since you didn't ask for your credit back. But in the future you can if someone ever admits to sending out a book knowing it was unpostable.