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Subject: Dust Jackets
Date Posted: 5/19/2012 12:21 PM ET
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I have read through the guidelines for posting books with dust jackets, but I am still confused as to what is actually acceptable. I would like a few opinions please.

I received a hard back book with the dust jacket, per my RC instructions. The book arrived wrapped in newspaper which has left some marks on the book and it also has a large area near the top where I assume a price sticker may have been peeled off and  some of the dust jacket paper with it. There is also a small stain on the front that looks like some type of drink (tea?) may have been dripped on it.

Other than that the book is in good condition and I did not not mark it RWAP. But my concern is about when I am ready to post it to my shelf if it is really an acceptable book to post. I guess if the requester is not asking for a dust jacket, then am I correct to believe it will not matter what the condiditon of the dust jacket is?

Let me know what you think...

Date Posted: 5/19/2012 1:03 PM ET
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My understanding is that if a requester asks for the dust jacket, it should be in the same condition as the PBS guidelines require that a book should be, i.e., no tears, no stains, etc.  If there is no RC for a DJ then one need not be sent, but personally I'd pefer a torn  DJ rather than no DJ, but that's my preference, and I have no RC either way.  Good luck. Pat

Date Posted: 5/19/2012 1:05 PM ET
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From what I understand (and I use a DJ RC occasionally myself), if there is no RC specifying the inclusion of a DJ, the DJ may be in any condition whatsoever. However, if there is a DJ RC in place, the DJ must then meet PBS posting guidelines because it is now officially a part of the trade. So, I think you would be perfectly within your rights marking this a problem trade.

When you go to repost it, as long as the person has no DJ related conditions, it is completely acceptable to post either with or without the damaged jacket.

Date Posted: 5/19/2012 1:13 PM ET
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Yea, it's a little confusing but I have a dust jacket RC...

 

If the requester does not have an RC asking for the DJ to be included; It can be included in any condition, or not included at all.

If the requester does have an RC asking for the DJ to be included; It must be included and in good condition. In this case, the same posting guidelines apply to both the book and the jacket.

Date Posted: 5/19/2012 1:20 PM ET
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Agree with above. If there is a RC asking for the DJ, all the conditions that the cover must fulfill (for all books) must also apply to the DJ.

In your example, the stain on the DJ could have been marked RWAP - did not comply with RC because you had the RC in place.

Date Posted: 5/19/2012 7:36 PM ET
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Nothing like as little goo gunk to remove adhesive and book tape to repair tears.

I always fix up books I get from wherever, even if I'm not going to keep them.

Date Posted: 5/19/2012 11:23 PM ET
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Thanks for the replies. I kind of thought that the book should have been RWAP, but being somewhat new here, I was hesitant to do that.

The book is in good condition otherwise and I was mainly concerned about reposting it when I am finished with it.

So Thomas, is it ok to post books that have been taped if there is a tear on them? And what is book tape? I have taped a couple of books I have gotten from Goodwill that had tears on the cover, just so it would not continue to tear further, but I just used clear mailing tape and did it very neatly and it's nearly invisible.

Date Posted: 5/19/2012 11:39 PM ET
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If damage makes a book unpostable, tape won't make it postable again. You can use it to repair a dust jacket though, as long as the requester doesn't have a dust jacket RC.

Date Posted: 5/20/2012 12:48 PM ET
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Book tape is actually a product that says "Book Tape." The one I use is the 3M Scotch brand.  There are several different types for different purposes: repairing DJs, binding tape for loose pages, etc. I use the 1 1/2 inch tape as it works well in repairing tears in DJs from the inside. I try to avoid doing so from the outside. This tape doesn't fade or peel. I also use it for repairing the covers on paperbacks.  Other tapes will eventually loosen or change color. 

Unless the requestor has a DJ must be in perfect condition,  I do not mention a repair of the DJ with tape on the inside.  Most people wouldn't care anyway as you don't usually examine the inside of a DJ.

And I never try to repair loose pages, as members could declare that book was a RWAP.

I just received a like new hardback (without a DJ) that had a bite taken out of the spine by a USPS machine. I thought about using the tape, but since the spine covering is still there I might try some Elmer's glue first.

Date Posted: 5/21/2012 10:01 AM ET
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So Thomas, is it ok to post books that have been taped if there is a tear on them?

Sometimes. Rips of 1 inch or less are still postable, with tape or without. Rips of more than 1 inch are unpostable, with tape or without.

I always repair rips, but, of course, sometimes I can't offer the book as a postable book anymore.

Date Posted: 5/21/2012 11:45 AM ET
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So Thomas, is it ok to post books that have been taped if there is a tear on them?

If a "repair" is still just visible repaired unpostable damage, then no it would not be ok to post. So if the tear started out unpostable then tape would not make it postable. If the tear started out postable the tape would not make it unpostable.

The rules on wrapping state use newspaper for wrapping a book because it can rub off. If you are still in communication, I would point that out to them.



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