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Topic: Fish Out of Water by MaryJanice Davidson -- Is this unpostable?

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Subject: Fish Out of Water by MaryJanice Davidson -- Is this unpostable?
Date Posted: 7/30/2010 6:18 PM ET
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My paperback book (ISBN 9780515145496) has a page in front (before the title page) that lists other books the author has written. The previous owner must have used it as a reminder list -- she made check marks next to 7 titles and highlighted 3 titles. Does this make my book unpostable?

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 6:28 PM ET
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I don't think so, as long as there is no writing on the text pages.

But, others may have another opinion. 

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 6:38 PM ET
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it is postable.

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 7:05 PM ET
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PBS members have always been divided on what a "text page" is. Personally, I consider it any page that has text on it, whether it is part of the story or not. I would not be happy to receive the book you received. Here is the information from the Help Docs:

Overall Condition:

  • No damage at all from water or other liquid
  • Not soiled
  • No stains (exception for cookbooks--see below)
  • No mold
  • no highlighting, underlining or writing on text pages (exception for Textbooks/Workbooks and travel guidebooks --see below)

Pages:

  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed".  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • No loose or missing text pages
    • for travel guide books - maps if designed to be detachable may be detached, but must be included.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • 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
    • writing or highlighting or underlining on the text pages is NOT OKAY

 

I consider this to be a gray area, and would suggest that if you post it, you PM the member first to let him/her know about the checkmarks and the highlighting. It may not bother some members, but it will most certainly bother others. You don't want to be out your credit, book, and postage money, which could definitely happen if you send this without communication.

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 7:15 PM ET
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I consider this to be a gray area, and would suggest that if you post it, you PM the member first to let him/her know about the checkmarks and the highlighting. It may not bother some members, but it will most certainly bother others. You don't want to be out your credit, book, and postage money, which could definitely happen if you send this without communication.

I agree - I would post it, and then let the requestor know about the writing before sending it. 

Date Posted: 7/30/2010 10:51 PM ET
Member Since: 6/12/2010
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It's not the text of the book, so what's the big deal?  The point is to be able to read the book, right?  IMO, totally postable.

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 12:48 AM ET
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I'd say postable. But there's always going to be a difference in opinion on this. You might want to just mention it to the requestor before sending, just to make sure they're in the "I'm fine with it" camp. Why invite a possible RWAP over something that could be construed as damage as easily as not?

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 1:12 AM ET
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I'm in the postable camp as well.  In my mind, text pages are only those pages with part of the story on it.  The writing on the list of books wouldn't in any way get in the way of  reading the story.

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 4:25 AM ET
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This has been debated several times and there isn't any strong consensus.   I would post the book, but I would also let the requestor know before sending.  

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 7:30 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/31/2010 10:48 AM ET
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you could probably just take that page out, no?

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 11:06 AM ET
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you could probably just take that page out, no?

I wouldn't remove the page, you may up damaging the book and run the risk of it being marked RWAP because of  a missing page.  It goes back to the debate  "is this a text page".  Either way you should notify the requester - IMO. 

I would just post the book, but just PM the requester and let them decide.  Good Luck.