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Subject: My first "Is this book postable?" Question for the Group
Date Posted: 10/18/2008 11:45 AM ET
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After almost three years of PBS membership, I'm pretty good at knowing when a book is postable and when it's not.  But this book has me flumoxed, so I would like the opinion of the group.

The book in question is a copy of Jemima J. by Jane Green that is in very good condition, except that ..

One of the previous owners of the book used the three of the blank pages in the front of the book as a handy place for a journal entry.    The three pages that she did write on are full of her handwriting.  

I know what the PBS Guidelines say about this.  They say that "No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages."  There is no text on these pages that she wrote on with the exception of the book dedication, and she wrote well around it so that it's readable.  And frankly I don't know whether the book dedication page would be considered a text page.

It won't break my heart not to post this book, as there are plenty of this title on PBS already and I would be way down on the FIFO list.  But to me, the journal entry is almost as good reading as the book itself!  It was written by a young woman who was visiting France - on her first day there - ramblings about the plane trip there, missing her boyfriend, and cursing the fact that she doesn't speak French.

So, what say my fellow PBSer's?  Postable or no?   If not, I can always donate it to a charity.

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 11:53 AM ET
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While I would not have a problem recieving this book, I would be too afraid of someone else raising a fuss...I would probably donate this one.

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 11:56 AM ET
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Want to send it to me?

edit: oops... maybe not. I thought my daughter might relate as she is going to France, etc... but the book itself it nothing she would read! LOL (Sorry, I cancel my unofficial request!) I'd suggest the bazaar.

Last Edited on: 10/18/08 11:59 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/18/2008 11:59 AM ET
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Wow, isn't that something you'd just want to keep forever?  (if you were the journal author)   I wonder how it got away from her.....

I'd have to vote unpostable, too, Lynne, although I do agree that *technically* speaking.....  A gift inscription is one thing, but a lot of people aren't going to be happy w/ three pages of journaling.  I've had books where people have jotted directions and a list of phone numbers (not just a "this belongs to" type of thing) and I just do not post those as it seems like pushing it.

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 12:25 PM ET
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I'd love it. If you post it, I'll request it directly from you, or you can post it to me, as a friend, I believe.

I LOVE to read the things people write in books. I'm nosy, I guess.


p.s. my guess is that it is generally unpostable, From Posting guidelines:

"No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages

  • a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY
  • an author's signature on the title page is OKAY"

I'm thinking that what you are describing is beyond what these guidelines list as OKAY, but it's open to interpretation.

Anyways, like I said above, it's OKAY with me. ..

Last Edited on: 10/18/08 12:41 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/18/2008 12:26 PM ET
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Wow if you got the book through PBS I might be trying to find out if maybe the sender wanted it back.

Since there are already a lot of copies in the system here, you might try posting it over at BookMooch and simply putting the description of the journal entry into the book condition field.

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 1:22 PM ET
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I would LOVE this. I am sad that the rule, which keeps me recieving books in good condition, has the side effect of keeping me from fascinating bits of history like this. I am doulbe sad when someone does not post a written in cookbook - the more writing, the better. I want check marks, stars and happy faces! I want the names of holidays beside certain recipies - 'Thanksgiving', 'Mother's day', 'Roberts Birthday', 'Girls slumber party', 'baby shower tea', 'scout sleep in', 'Superbowl'. I want notes beside the recipies CHANGING them. I want all the writing I can get! But, on other books, I still love to see this kind of thing. I do something not quite that much, sometimes - i often use a blank fly page to write a character map, if I am reading a book with a complex set of characters.
Date Posted: 10/18/2008 2:00 PM ET
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Thanks for the input, everyone!   Based on the feedback, I wouldn't be posting this book if I was posting to the general FIFO.   But since Cindi really wants the book as is, then Cindi gets it :-)

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 3:15 PM ET
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thanks! and the book looks like something I might enojy, too! different genre for me, but sometimes you gotta try something new . . .