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Subject: Grrr....This makes me really mad...
Date Posted: 2/27/2011 3:50 PM ET
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I've been reading, and enjoying, The Handmaid's Tale and have been looking forward to finishing and posting it as it is wishlisted. Lo and behold, about 3/4 of the way into the book one paragraph at the bottom of one page is completely underlined in pen.  angry

 

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 4:00 PM ET
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Don't you hate that?  So annoying!

ETA: I really liked The Handmaid's Tale on audio.



Last Edited on: 2/27/11 4:00 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/27/2011 4:10 PM ET
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Aw, that stinks. sad

That has happened to me enough times that I now have to S-L-O-W-L-Y flip through every book I get. I will not rest until I have glanced at every single page.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 4:24 PM ET
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You can try listing it in Book Bazaar (noting the underlining). Someone may be willing to give you a credit for it anyway, if they want it bad enough. It is not postable through the system, but you can do a private trade.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 4:31 PM ET
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Hate it, and I've also learned to check books more thoroughly when logging in received.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 4:35 PM ET
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Well technically you could post it and them PM someone about the underlining.  They loosened the text book rule to any book that might have been used in a class room.  Books like that are frequently used in classrooms. 

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 4:50 PM ET
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When I got it I did flip through the pages and thought I did a more thorough job than usual as it it a well-read book - just missed that one paragraph.  I'll probably try the Book Bazaar. I just can't figure out why somone would only underline one paragraph in the entire book.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 4:57 PM ET
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That really stinks! And a good reminder for me to carefully check all pages before marking it received. I've gotten a little relaxed in that I just quickly flip thru a book, I could easily miss something that shouldn't be on there.

Date Posted: 2/27/2011 9:15 PM ET
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I realize that it's against the rules, but does one paragraph of underlining really bother people that much? I know it can be annoying, but does it really ruin the reading experience for people? 

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 1:35 AM ET
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Not too long ago I had a WL book that had only ONE sentence underlined & otherwise it was in excellent condition.  I wondered, what was the point for someone to do that??  But I ended up selling it on ebay with some other books I wanted to get rid of that no one was ordering from me on here.

It is very annoying when it's just like one page/paragraph/sentence that is written on, underlined and/or highlighted!  It makes you ask yourself, "what was the point of someone doing THAT?!"

But yes, the Book Bazaar is a great place to ask for a credit for it!  I got rid of a WL book the other day that wasn't quite in postable condition either.  It got snatched up very fast.

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 6:50 AM ET
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I realize that it's against the rules, but does one paragraph of underlining really bother people that much? I know it can be annoying, but does it really ruin the reading experience for people? 

The underlining didn't ruin my enjoyment of the book. Normally a bit of underlining wouldn't bother me.

It did ruin my anticipation of posting the book and passing it on to the next person in line. While I order/read books for enjoyment I also order my PBS books with the expectation that I can re-post when I'm done and earn a credit so I can order more books to enjoy. I'm pretty new to PBS and don't have many credits saved up yet so for me every credit counts. 

smiley

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 7:39 PM ET
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Well, that makes sense- I would be mad if I couldn't re-post it- didn't even think of that.  I did actually have a person pm me after I got a WL book from her to let me know it had some underlining in it.  Because I planned on keeping it anyway it wasn't an issue, so I got lucky.  The thing that bothered me the most, though, was what this person chose to underline.  It was so random and as a teacher I couldn't help but analyze her thinking behind it laugh

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 7:56 PM ET
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Writing is not unpostable unless it is sent without permission. The rules as they now read, say that almost anything could have been used as a textbook, and they are all OK to post, but you must PM and obtain permission before mailing them.

I have some that I have sent out with writing, and when I PM, I have never been asked to cancel the order. Everybody has been fine with the writing. (Although, I don't buy books in the first place if the writing is very heavy, so all of the books that I have with writing are really minimal amounts).

I realize that it might bother some people ... but so far, most people do not seem to care. And, if they do, I let them know I will cancel the order in my PM.

Date Posted: 3/1/2011 6:40 AM ET
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Thanks! Maybe I'll give it a try. So far no interest from the Book Bazaar. :)

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Date Posted: 3/1/2011 12:22 PM ET
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I live in one of the largest suburbs of Dallas, and "The Handmaid's Tale" is one of the required-reading books for our school district's high schools and for our local colleges.  I'm sure it's the same for schools all across the country, too.  If it were me, I'd put this under the category of a textbook and post the book as is, and send a PM to the requestor to let them know about the underlining (just as previous posters have suggested).  Underlining in only one paragraph wouldn't make the book unpostable, IMHO, since the book is used my so many school districts and colleges.

Date Posted: 3/2/2011 6:41 AM ET
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A little bit of underlining doesn't bother me too much. If the book is wishlisted I know I can always trade it anyway in the Book Bazaar. What I can't tolerate however is highlighting. Last week I checked a book out of the public library and every other word had yellow highlighter on it. I was dizzy after two pages.

Date Posted: 3/2/2011 1:57 PM ET
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I almost had a heart attack when I saw that two of the books I got both had bookcrossings all over it. There were two stickers and someone wrote the bookcrossings number in the middle of the book above the chapter page.

I had to reread the PBS 'swappability criteria' several times to make sure that the book I got was postable after I read it.



Last Edited on: 3/6/11 11:25 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/3/2011 1:42 PM ET
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My book is on its way to its new home. I posted it and after a couple rejections found someone who didn't mind the little bit of underlining. Thanks! :)