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Subject: Different question about the postability of a book
Date Posted: 10/3/2013 2:07 PM ET
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I have a copy of I Can Draw Cartoons (I Can Draw, Bk 5) that is in like new condition except for one thing.  At the very back of the book are 8 pages of graph paper with perforations.  Six of them have been removed.  Would this make the book unpostable?  Since it is okay for a flyleaf to be missing, and these are not text pages, I'm leaning toward it's postable.  I just want to be sure.

I am familiar with the Help Docs and postability guidelines, but this issue is not addressed.  I was hoping to get your opinions on the postability of this book.  If opinions vary, I will contact TPTB for the final word.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 10/3/2013 2:46 PM ET
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You might first check to see if the book specifies there are 8 blank pages, and go from there.

Date Posted: 10/3/2013 4:01 PM ET
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I think the important issue is: Is the book usable without the graph paper?  I would say yes and that it is postable.

Date Posted: 10/4/2013 7:45 AM ET
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Personally, I'd call it a gray area, since unlike blank pages the graph pages are designed to be used, but the book would be useful without them. (Graph paper is easy to find elsewhere.).  The guidelines say "no missing text pages."  These aren't text pages. But they aren't irrelevant pages, either, since normally you would draw a cartoon on them.  The postability guidelines say:

If you feel your book falls into a "grey area", you can either post the book and send a Personal Message to the requestor, or not post the book.

Date Posted: 10/4/2013 8:44 AM ET
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yes, cause the recipient could just buy their own graph paper and still use the book.

Date Posted: 10/4/2013 9:27 AM ET
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If I were the requestor, knowing this is a used book trade, I'd almost expect some of the "practice" pages to be marked on or missing. That wouldn't keep me from requesting it.


Date Posted: 10/4/2013 1:22 PM ET
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I'd post it & make sure to send a PM.  The graph paper shouldn't be necessary (and is easily replaced if you get serious about drawing).

Date Posted: 10/4/2013 2:02 PM ET
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This is one of the really rare instances where I would check with the person via PM. I would assume it's fine. but I think it would be nice to ask just to avoid any problems.

Date Posted: 10/4/2013 4:56 PM ET
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With pages that can be written on and removed, I would say it is a workbook and needs to be posted following the Textbook/Workbook exception. A PM of its condition would need to be send and an acceptance PM from the requester would be required before sending it.

Date Posted: 10/7/2013 12:34 PM ET
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Thanks for your input!