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Subject: Ex-Library Audio Books - Postable?
Date Posted: 11/1/2008 10:52 AM ET
Member Since: 8/24/2008
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I'm still pretty new here, I was just wondering if Ex-Library Audio books are postable.  I bought a bunch of these from my library and have listened to them...they're in the nice plastic cases and still have the covers and everything, but they have library barcodes and stuff on them.  Can I post these?  Most are wish listed by people.  I don't think I'd mind getting an ex-library audio book, but I wanted to know what the offical rules are. 



Date Posted: 11/1/2008 11:13 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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In a word:  Yes!  Ex library books and audios are postable.  I've posted them many times.  As long as they follow posting guidelines.  From the Help Center:

  • Audio books must be originals.  They do not have to have their original box, but they must be packaged safely in transit and they must be playable.  Audio books are worth 2 credits.
  • Audio books = books that were also published in bound form, that are read aloud by a narrator.  Audio recordings that accompany a bound book as supplementary materials do not qualify as audiobooks.  Performance recordings (ie, comedy routines) do not qualify as audiobooks (performance recordings on CD can usually be Posted at SwapaCD.com)
  • This is a used-book swapping site; books are not expected to be in like-new condition.
    • Older books may have some page yellowing or spine-creasing or dogeared pages; these are all OKAY.
    • Decirculated library books may have various markings and/or stamps inside or outside or on the page edges of the book; this is OKAY.  These may not obscure text.
    • BookCrossing books may have stickers or stamps or markings on the outside or inside covers or page edges of the book; this is OKAY. These may not obscure text.
    • Hardbacks do NOT have to include their dustjackets.
    • Audiobooks MUST be the original cassettes/CDs, but do NOT have to include the outer "box" that held the set.
    • Audiobooks must be playable.
    • There is an exception to general condition guidelines for textbooks; see below.
    • There is an exception to general condition guidelines for cookbooks; see below.
  • We do NOT have a place for members to describe the condition of a particular copy of a book.
    • ALL books on PBS are expected to be in "good, not excessively worn" condition
    • Books are requested in FIFO (first-in, first-out) order
  • If you would like your books to be in "better-than-PBS" condition :
    • You are responsible for setting Requestor Conditions on your account.
Date Posted: 11/1/2008 11:16 AM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2007
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They absolutely are postable.  I love CD audiobooks, and have several on my wishlist (hint hint).   It's been my experience that the CD's will move pretty quickly, and the cassettes, not so much.

Date Posted: 11/1/2008 10:35 PM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2008
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I always prefer library audio packaging to the originals. The originals don't hold up as well.

Date Posted: 11/1/2008 10:46 PM ET
Member Since: 8/13/2008
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I agree with Amy. I PREFER those. :) I hope you have something that's on my WL so it moves faster! :-D

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 11/2/2008 10:59 AM ET
Member Since: 11/2/2007
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I'd only caution to be careful - make sure you really listened to all of the book and it played fine. Library audio books get pretty badly treated sometimes.

Date Posted: 11/2/2008 4:29 PM ET
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I've gotten many audios from a library sale and every one played fine.  I am always looking for audios....another hint, hint, hint.

Also, what plays well for one, might not play well for someone else.  It happens.