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Subject: Conditions on requested books
Date Posted: 5/15/2010 11:24 AM ET
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Can anyone tell me why people who are requesting a book will include the condition that hardback must have a book jacket if it is supposed to have one.  If you just want to read it, what is the importance of the book jacket?  It sounds suspicious to me, as if they want to sell it on e-Bay or something.

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 11:31 AM ET
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I have an RC like that.

I like the dustjacket. I enjoy cover art.

Imagine, if you will, that all paperbacks had blank white covers. It would seriously impact the enjoyment of the book for me.

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 11:47 AM ET
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Some people just want teh dust jacket because it looks nice on their bookshelves.  Personally I find them annoying and remove them before I read the book. 

You can decline the RC if you don't wnat to deal with it.  But if you accept-keep in mind that while a hardcover doesn't need a dust jacket to be postable-if there is an RC asking for a DJ then the DJ has to meet the posting quidelines of no writing, no stains etc..., 

I doubt the request for a DJ means they are using PBS for books to resell. It wouldn't be very profitable.  Even if they bought the credit to get the book from teh bazaar at $2.30-it's unlikely that the book would be worth all that much on ebay or wherever unless it was a rare book or a really brand spanking new release and in either case they would probably have to wait quite a while to get it here on WL. 

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 12:19 PM ET
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\I have a Reqestor Condition on my account that asks for the dustjackets of hardcover books.  I LIKE cover art, and for me a book is naked without it. 

When you send a book to another PBS member, they can do whatever they want to do with it.    They can read it and re-post it into the PBS system (and I'm sure that's what happens with most of the books), they can read it and donate it or loan it to a friend, they can read it and keep it,  or they can even read it and sell it (on a very limited basis, systematic selling of books obtained through PBS is not allowed).

As has been mentioned though, I seriously doubt that many members are selling books that they get at PBS.   It's a hassle to sell books.  Trading them on PBS is much easier.  Unless the book is worth a lot on the re-sale market - say $15 or more - it's just not worth it.  

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Date Posted: 5/15/2010 12:25 PM ET
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I always remove them to , and when I'm finished reading put them back on. Although I rearly read hardcovers. Maybe they want to collect certain books.

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 12:27 PM ET
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It's not like a dust jacket is blank paper. You generally get a summary of the book, a short biography of the author, maybe some news from the publisher or about other books the author has written. And you get the artwork. I don't think a hardcover is complete without a dust jacket, which is why I have an RC requiring them.

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 12:32 PM ET
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I agree. I like dust jackets as well. They are colorful usually, and they have information on them, like y2pk said.

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 12:37 PM ET
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I also have a dust jacket RC.  I like the artwork--and as Lynne said the book seems naked without it.  Sometimes, I do remove them when I'm reading the book, but I do like the way they look.

Almost all the books I receive here, I'll eventually retrade at PBS after I've read them--no plans on re-selling for me.  (Full disclosure--I might end up taking some of the more heavily posted books to the UBS )

Having a dust jacket also makes books easier to trade on PBS--no worries about having to turn down a dust jacket RC!smiley

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 2:11 PM ET
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I have that in my RC's also. If I order a hardcover, I often intend to keep it. Paperbacks are read and passed on to the next person. Hardcovers are for my bookshelves. The type I collect look much nicer if they have their dust jackets.

I collect sets by author, and anthologies by genre. Having one here and there with no dust jacket would look like a mouth with missing teeth. 

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 4:36 PM ET
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Dustjackets are aesthetically pleasing and protect the book.

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 4:53 PM ET
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The other's are right. I don't buy HB's very often, but when I do I like the DJ although I take it off when reading. The books are just nicer with a nice DJ on it, so I'd probably have that as a reqirement if I actually ordered that type of binding very often.

And I'm always amused when people accuse other people of making money by selling books on eBay. I've sold a few here and there, but with the raised fees, the cost of postage and shipping material and the hassle, a dollar or two profit here or there isn't really worth the time or trouble it takes to go through the whole process. Like it wouldn't be worth the time or the trouble for a bookseller to get many of their books to sell from here. Too much time and trouble to get a used book for a customer that may arrived damaged anyway.

And really, anyone can have an RC for anything they want so why not? It's their money, their credit, why fuss about what someone else wants or why? Just say "yes" or 'no' the request and move on. It only takes a few seconds.