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Subject: Cover condition question
Date Posted: 7/16/2008 7:22 PM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2007
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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 7:23 PM ET
Member Since: 5/31/2007
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Somehow this got posted twice when I submitted.  Please send all responses through the other thread.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 7:38 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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unpostable.... I wouldn't want one in this condition...