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Subject: Creased cover
Date Posted: 12/16/2008 6:34 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/16/2008 6:45 PM ET
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Here's what the Book Condition Guidelines say about the book's 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 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


A creased cover is okay, even a small rip would be fine.

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 9:35 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/16/2008 9:43 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/17/2008 8:56 AM ET
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I would accept the book. I don't think we are supposed to worry about overall value. People shouldn't be looking for books for resale vale... OR should I say... expecting books that are resellable or valuable.

I know I have found some wonderful rare books here... BUT I want them for me... so who care if they look *used* LOLOLOL

I think excessive wear is a good way to look at if a book is postable and would you want to receive i

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 11:05 AM ET
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I think as long as it's not folded up like an accordion it should be fine.  If it was creased in several spots and looked mangled then I would say it falls into the excessively worn catergory. But yours sounds postable. When the book gets requested: just turn down any RCS that say something like "I only want books in like new condition" or something similar.  Personally I turn those down anyway even if my book looks brand new.  Most likely you won't get one of those RCS anyway.  But you never know.

I've posted books with a creased cover before and didn't have a problem. 

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 2:31 PM ET
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Creases on the cover don't interfere with the story, so I wouldn't have a problem receiving it.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 6:40 PM ET
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I wouldn't have a problem with it either :)

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 7:14 PM ET
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I don't mind a creased cover :)