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Subject: "Coloring Book" vs "Workbook"
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 9:02 PM ET
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What is the difference between a coloring book & a workbook?  I know one can be posted and one can't, but I'm finding it hard to tell.

Some are clear.   Some of the books in my stack clearly say coloring book & had nothing involved other than pictures to color.

Others have pictures to color but also have activities & information. Others seem to be primarily, say, a science activity book that happens to have pages for coloring.

What in this mess can be posted, what can't?   Some of all the above have ISBNs (and some of all don't, but I'm not deaing with the don'ts).

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 3:47 PM ET
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I think by workbook they mean like a textbook.  I would say that if the workbook was layed out like a schoolbook that is used year after year then it would be ok to post.  If the workbook was layed out like a coloring book meant to be used only one time by one person then its not ok to post.   Its really a judgement call.

I think if you use the following guidelines you will be ok.

  • If for more than one person to use the material in the book you would have to copy the page (like you would a coloring book) then it is not ok.
  • If for more than one person to use the material in the book you do NOT have to copy it (like answering math problems in a math text) then it is ok to post.
Date Posted: 4/2/2009 3:53 PM ET
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I agree with Caroline.  I would think any kind of activity book would fall into the same category as a coloring book.  I like those guidelines.  Maybe they should be incorporated into the help docs.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 3:58 PM ET
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Hmm.  To me you describe the difference between a textbook and a workbook, not between a workbook and a coloring book.   If something has problems designed to be worked elsewhere it's a textbook.

A workbook to me is a book you work in.   So the workbooks that come with some undergraduate textbooks (and can not be mistaken for a coloring book--I wish!) had problems with room to work them out or matching or similar.  Designed for one person, and the bookstores wouldn't buy them back if they were marked.  Same with the preschooler workbooks I just sent out--they had space to practice writing or work problems.  They  had no to-be-colored pages, but were clearly designed for only one person to use.

Following your guidelines I certainly wouldn't post anything I shouldn't, but I think I'd probably miss posting some stuff that is.

 

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The help docs specifically list Textbook/Workbook as allowed.  Which implies to me they are different items, both allowed.

 

(Edited to add the later b/c a post was posted while I was posting).



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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 3:59 PM ET
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I consider a workbook as something that could still be used, even with the writing and highlighting there. The key parts might already be highlighted, the test might be taken, the food journal chapter might have some writing, but I can still use the book to follow the process it is meant for. With coloring and puzzle books, once they are done they are done, there is no useful content left to use.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 3:59 PM ET
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Hmm.... that's a good guideline. 



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Date Posted: 4/2/2009 6:37 PM ET
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Good guideline Melanie.  IMO a workbook is a type of book (usually softbound) which includes blanks to fill in and possibly/occassonally coloring sections.  But like Melanie notes, if the fill in & coloring was removed, there is still text and/or educational material (other than picture titles).

I recently posted a Geometry workbook (mailing today).  About every third page has a set of fill-in problems, if the fill in sections were removed, there would still be geometry instruction in the workbook.



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