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Subject: dust jacket question
Date Posted: 1/10/2010 2:45 PM ET
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I have an RC requesting the dust jacket with the hardcover. Is it OK for someone to send me a book with a stained or mildewy dust jacket? I'm sure I get turned down for some offers simply because I'm asking for the dust jacket. I really don't want to have to make my RC even more particular by requesting that they not be stained.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 2:59 PM ET
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Without an RC, diustjackets can be missing or in any condition.

If you request the dustjacket for your book, it must follow the rules for "cover" conditions. (no rips more than 1 inch, no staining, no water damage, etc).

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 2:59 PM ET
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No. If you have an RC for a dust jacket, it must be postable condition. If there is no RC for the dustjacket, then it does not have to be in postable condition.

Here's the Help Center doc found under postability requirements:

Dust Jacket:

  • The DUST JACKET (this is not the same as the cover of a book) does not have to be included with a book at all, unless the requestor had this in their Requestor Conditions. 
  • So DUST JACKET condition cannot be considered as part of the condition of a book, unless there were Requestor Conditions on the request specifying that the dust jacket be included.
  • If the Dust Jacket was to be included as specified in the Requestor Conditions on the request, the Dust Jacket must meet the same conditions as defined for the cover, below.


Last Edited on: 1/10/10 3:01 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 1/10/2010 3:12 PM ET
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I read the rules about the dust jacket, and I thought maybe I was interpreting them wrong. I do have an RC asking for the dust jacket, and this week I received 2 books from the same person...one has dark stains all over the back of the dust jacket, and the other had mildew on the inside of the dust jacket and the spine of the book. I cleaned the mildewy one with a Clorox wipe, and I can deal with it, but the other one I did RWAP, and the person let me know in every one of her replies that she receives stained books all the time, and she doesn't have a problem with it. She did refund my credit, but she made me feel really bad for even mentioning it, so I thought I would ask and find out if I should add to my RC. Thanks for your help. I will leave my RC as it is.

Date Posted: 1/10/2010 3:42 PM ET
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Two wrongs don't make a right.  Regardless of whether or not the sender accepts unpostables without comment or RWAP, does not somehow give her a 'pass' for sending out unpostable books.  You did the right thing, don't feel bad about it. 

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 2:44 PM ET
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Thanks so much for your replies. I feel better about my decision now.

Date Posted: 1/11/2010 4:42 PM ET
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I don't know why someone who had a book with a mildewy dust jacket wouldn't just take it off & get rid of it anyway.  You can't send paperback books like that, and dustjackets are not required under normal circumstances, so why save a nasty dustjacket & run the risk of spreading mold or whatever to the rest of the book, when it's not going to meet the postability guidelines if a dustjacket is in the RC anyway?  I've laminated dustjackets in flexible vinyl because they were getting worn & I didn't want them to get torn and crummy looking, but there's not much you can do if they're stained or mildewed, and it's certainly better to get rid of them if there's a risk of it spreading to the book.