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Subject: Different Requester Conditions
Date Posted: 4/18/2015 12:59 PM ET
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Didn't want to hijack the other post about requester conditions, but I had a different requester condition come up on a book someone wanted to order from me.  I did decline the order, but the conditions were that the book have no pages upside down or any printing errors.  Don't know about anyone else, but almost every book I read (and I hadn't read this particular book) has some type of printing error, whether it's a spelling error or use of a name that wasn't in the book (latest was where a name used was Flora and at one point the name Florida was used).  Pat

Date Posted: 4/18/2015 1:04 PM ET
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They probably meant actual errors in printing and binding the book ... upside down pages, repeated pages, missing pages, pages that are only "half" printed with super faded ink on the rest of them, books that have been miscut so that the printing is right up on, or even cut off at the edge of the book, ink drips and drabs on the pages, tape from the end of a paper roll incorporated into the book page with printing over the top of it  ....

I've seen all those but none of them are real common. Usually they get caught at a QA stage and discarded but sometimes they get thru to retail ...

Date Posted: 4/18/2015 2:36 PM ET
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I think Sara has it right. But based on how they worded their RC I would have declined also. Better to be safe than sorry.



Last Edited on: 4/18/15 2:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/18/2015 3:56 PM ET
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I think Sara has it right. But based on how they worded their RC I would have declined also. Better to be safe than sorry.

I agree with Nancy. Even if I had read a book they were requesting, I couldn't possibly remember whether there were any errors.

Date Posted: 4/18/2015 5:13 PM ET
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I very rarely run across books with these type of print errors so I remember them.  However, I have taken to putting a sticky note on book describing the issue if I add it to my bookshelf as a warning to be extra vigilant if it gets requested.

Date Posted: 4/19/2015 4:54 AM ET
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There appears to be less proofreading done on books before they are printed.  I had a highly WLed book that had a number of spelling errors, use of the wrong word- their vs they're,-and sentences that were poorly written grammar wise.  I had begun to write them on a paper which I kept in the book but after 30 or so, I gave it up. When the books are going to be sent for printing, is there not a good program that the pages could be run through which would flag errors or even suggest changes or just change them.  If there isn't one, then someone should design one.  It could be like spell check, grammar check and homonym check.

With that request, I found it unclear and probably would have denied it.  



Last Edited on: 4/21/15 5:36 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 4/19/2015 5:16 AM ET
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What Sara said yes.

I think the requester was simply referring to actual printing or binding errors -- pages upside down, out of sequence, missing, repeated, etc. If my book had none of these obvious errors, I would accept the request. (Of course, if my book had any of these errors, I would not even have posted it!)

I do not believe the RC has any intention of flagging errors in spelling or grammar .



Last Edited on: 4/19/15 5:17 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/19/2015 10:51 AM ET
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This condition makes me wonder if that person sits in a bookstore and reads the book to make sure the book is perfect. 

Lately RC's have (at least for me) been interesting..people wanting new books, wrapping that requires bubble wrap. tissue paper and boxes ( I don't keep tissue paper or bubble wrap on hand), no bent page or creases on the book, etc  I buy books used. Sometimes, I might buy a new book but not often. I get the feeling since membership is paid, people are wanting new books and for me, that's tough. I mostly buy used. 

Date Posted: 4/20/2015 4:26 PM ET
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Today my husband emailed me to tell me that the new book he bought (for $3 at the dollar store) is missing pages 150-183. Luckily for him I'll be near a branch of the county library that I'm not normally near that has it sitting on their shelf, so I can pick it up for him tonight.

Date Posted: 4/20/2015 6:07 PM ET
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I wouldn't have thought they were referring to typographical mistakes, and would have sent the book.