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Subject: highlighting and wanted books
Date Posted: 5/2/2010 11:07 PM ET
Member Since: 1/2/2006
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Is there a way to contact a member who has put a book on their wish list?  I have a book that someone wants, but it has highlighting and underlining in it. It is not a textbook, so I am not supposed to offer it, but maybe the member wanting this book doesn't care and would still be thrilled to have it. 

Is there anything I can do?

Date Posted: 5/2/2010 11:13 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2009
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Actually, since the definition of a textbook is decided on a case-by-case basis, you can post the book and PM the person notifying him of the condition (as per the 'textbook' condition).

Just be sure you have confirmation that the book condition with the person. If he doesn't respond or doesn't want it, YOU have to cancel the transaction.

You can read more about it if you search the Help Docs for "textbook"

http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/search.php?terms=textbooks

Date Posted: 5/2/2010 11:21 PM ET
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Thank you. I will consider this option. 

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 12:09 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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There are also threads for unpostable wishlisted books.   And in some genres there are threads posting WL books.  Those would be a good places to offer a highlighted book. 

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 8:37 AM ET
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I would definitely not post it into the system if it is very obviously not a textbook--the definition is broad, but if you are pretty sure it wouldn't classify as a textbook (ie, something like a historical romance or a cozy mystery), I would try to unload it in the places Emily mentioned. If it's a mystery, go to the Mystery/Thriller genre forum, if it's romance, same thing. Otherwise, it's the Booz Bazaar.

I would not be thrilled to have a book that didn't meet PBS posting guidelines--yes, maybe I do just want to read it, but I also would like to be able to repost it and get a credit for it when I'm done instead of having to hassle around with the Book Bazaar or offering it for a deal.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/5/2010 1:24 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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IIRC PBS has posted a broad use of the term 'Textbook' to include any book that has been used as such whether or not it's an 'official' text.  DS has probably used more 'regular' books as college texts, than the official type.

If you choose to involk the textbook waiver tho, make sure you pm the requesting member, clearly state book condition, and do not send unless they approve the transaction.

Date Posted: 5/5/2010 1:29 AM ET
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Be sure to select the last possible mail by date to give the person plenty of time to get back to you.   If you do not hear back, you should cancel.  Note that if you repost right away, the book will go to the same person.  (Which I learned to be very frustrating when I was posting a bunch of cookbooks.)

Date Posted: 5/5/2010 9:41 AM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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You can post any book under the workbook/textbook rules, the Team has made that fairly clear. But, you do have to get the receiver's permission to send it (and a non-answer is not permission). If you don't get permission to send the book, you'd have to cancel the order and wait for them to get another copy or ask them to set up RCs so you can repost and deny them to get to the next receiver. It may be less work for you to just offer it in the Bazaar or your siggy line.