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Subject: Cover condition question
Date Posted: 7/16/2008 7:22 PM ET
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I have a paperback book that several years old, and the cover apparently has gotten brittle over time.  In the course of reading it, putting it in and taking it out of my bag, etc., the cover got bent in a couple of places, and then ripped off along those creases.  I'm a little unclear on how to interpret the book condition guidelines:

  • 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 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.

So here's the condition of my book: the back cover has a triangluar area missing (almost an inch wide by almost an inch tall); the front cover has something closer to a rectangular area missing (about an inch and a half tall, a half-inch wide at the top, and a quarter-inch wide at the bottom).  I'm thinking I should probaby regard this as unpostable, due to one of the dimensions being more than an inch.  But at the same time, if I got this book in the mail from someone else, I wouldn't have a problem with it; I'd mark it received and not note any problems.

So, I'm looking for your expert opinions: post it, or unpostable?  I'll follow the consensus from this discussion thread.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 7:47 PM ET
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To be honest, I would offer it as a 2 for 1.  But, I do agree with you, if it was a book that was on my WL, I would not care at all about the condition. 

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 7:58 PM ET
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Well, speaking as someone who just got a really old & sorta rare paperback missing more than an inch of cover - no, I wouldn't post it.  On the one hand, I'm glad to have the book; It's out of print, it's one of only a few I needed to complete a set by this author, and I couldn't find it at any of my regular used book haunts.  On the other hand, I'm out the credit, I have this crummy book that I can't repost, and I still want a halfway decent copy of this book and there is currently only one of them left in the system:P

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 8:42 AM ET
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I don't think it's postable.  If it's a hard-to-find book, I would run a deal in the book bazaar offering it free with order from your shelf and mention the book's title in the title of your thread.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 8:45 AM ET
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nope I wouldn't want to spend a credit on it with the way you described it...

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 9:39 AM ET
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Thanks for the feedback.  It's not a rare book, in fact there are several copies available, but if anyone wants a free copy of Dracula along with something else from my shelf, let me know.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:14 PM ET
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Dracula is an excellent book!

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:18 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/17/2008 9:35 PM ET
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Rare or common, it's not postable.  Offer it as a freebie with an order from your shelf.