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Subject: Dust jacket glued to book?
Date Posted: 1/15/2015 12:57 PM ET
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I purchased a book here on PBS , and the dust jacket was glued to the book.  I have never seen this before.  Is it ok to post this book for swapping?  It's a bummer to have them send me a book that I can't share.  

Thanks for your thoughts and help.


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Date Posted: 1/15/2015 1:57 PM ET
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This could be controversial, is it a home job or professional like from a library or such?

I've seen it done occasionally, but not sure how it affects postability.  If a tour guide or other official PBS person doesn't post an answer, you can ask in Live Help (under help tab).  Otherwise, you can contact PBS admin directly with the Contact Us option.

Date Posted: 1/15/2015 2:31 PM ET
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How or why this was done is a mystery to me.  I purchased the book new from PBS market, so I have no idea why this was done to a new book.  As to is it a home or professional job, it was done by PBS or by their suppliers.  It looks like a glue stick was applied to the jacket and the book or a thin coat of elmer's glue.  Makes me wonder whether PBS books are damaged books or irregular in some way.  I didn't even notice it until I tried to remove the dust jacket at the gym.  At that point, I was half way through it and it had been a while since I had purchased it. 




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Date Posted: 1/15/2015 3:29 PM ET
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IMO, the rules about postability are to prevent 1. unreadable or hard to read (missing pages, writing or highlighting, etc), 2. nasty or gross (dirt, stains, water damage), 3. falling apart books (broken spines, ripped covers, etc) from coming into the system.

If you look at all of the rules, they each fall  into one of these three preventative categories.

So, when I get a book that falls into a gray area, I ask myself, is the issue making the book 1. unreadable or hard to read, 2. nasty or gross, or 3, falling apart and if the answer to all 3 is no, then I consider the book to be postable.

Unless you think someone could consider the glue to be gross in some way, IMO, the book is postable.

Date Posted: 1/15/2015 7:39 PM ET
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There is a book rental company that does that. Sounds like they bought books from there that libraries did not want or demand was not as high for them.  McNaughton is the company.

They normally use book safe glue so it wont damage the book.

Date Posted: 1/17/2015 11:39 AM ET
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It you send a book with the dust jacket glued to the cover the responses might be:

1.  Person who considers the book is as important as the read.......  DJ is glued to cover,  I cannot believe they sent me a book in this condition.  What kind person does a thing like that?  They should have pm'ed first to ask me if it was okay.

 2.  Easy going person who wants to read the book......Thank you so much for the book. 

I'm reluctant to send out something slightly off center but probably postable without knowing how the recipient will feel.  I would pm about the condition and wait for their response. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2015 8:07 AM ET
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you might try using lighter fluid on the areas where the glue is. Lighter fluid will usually loosen or dissolve the glue and it evaporates and does not stain or mark the surface that it touches. 

Date Posted: 1/21/2015 11:52 AM ET
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This is done with library books quite a bit, and former library books are postable. Between that and the fact that it's not expressly prohibited, I would consider it postable.