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Subject: Highlighting
Date Posted: 8/18/2010 11:42 AM ET
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Hi, this is probably a dumb question but is there a lower limit to the No highlighting rule? I was just about to post a book yesterday when I opened the book and saw one paragragh highlighted on the page. I was surprised and disappointed because I know of PBS' rule. I checked the rest of the book and it is highlighting free minus that one paragraph.

I almost did post it without even noticing but for some reason I was meant to see it. Good thing I did. Can it still be posted?

Thanks!

Lisa N. (LDN) - ,
Date Posted: 8/18/2010 11:44 AM ET
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Unfortunately, I don't think it will be postable on PBS unless it is a textbook.

Date Posted: 8/18/2010 11:50 AM ET
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Hi, this is probably a dumb question but is there a lower limit to the No highlighting rule?

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

no highlighting, underlining or writing on text pages (exception for Textbooks/Workbooks and travel guidebooks --see below)

  • Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing
    • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
    • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
    • This is the one of the ONLY three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for travel guidebooks and cookbooks--see below).
  • Exception: if it is a travel guide (not a picture book but a guide, such as Fodor's or Lonely Planet), some writing on text pages could be expected.  All maps must be present and included with the book - if detachable it is OK if they are detached, but they must not be missing.
    • if you post a travel guide that has writing in it, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
    • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
    • This is the one of the ONLY three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for textbooks/workbooks and cookbooks--see above and below).

 

So unless your book is a textbook or a guidebook, then I'd certainly think it's unpostable. You could offer it in the Bazaar and see what happens.

But many books can be considered textbooks if they're used in classrooms. Especially fiction. If you think that's the case, I'd go by the Textbook rules and PM the requestor and make sure you get an 'OK' on file from them before sending. If you tell them first and they agree, there shouldn't be a problem

Date Posted: 8/18/2010 12:25 PM ET
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Thank you LisaN. for taking the time to respond. I guess I already knew but was hoping I was wrong.

Thank you CindyR for posting the rules. I read them but I was just hoping for a miracle cause the book other than that paragraph is in perfect condition. I think I will head over to the BookBazaar and hope someone would like it. Thank you



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Date Posted: 8/18/2010 12:38 PM ET
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Any book can be posted under the Textbook/Workbook exception. The key is that you must PM and get an acceptance from the requester before sending it and need to be willing to cancel the transaction and wait if the first person says no. See the Help Center section titled What is the definition of a textbook?

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 8/18/2010 12:56 PM ET
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Yes, and any book can be considered a textbook - my son has underlined things in novels he read for English class, and I've sent them on (after getting permission via PM that the underlining was OK) under the textbook exemption.

Date Posted: 8/18/2010 1:05 PM ET
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Make sure you pick the last mail date if you are going to PM about the textbook or cookbook rules. 

Date Posted: 8/18/2010 2:35 PM ET
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So if the person doesn't respond to the pm in this case and you have to cancel, does your book go to the back of FIFO? 

Date Posted: 8/18/2010 2:40 PM ET
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Yes Nancy. If you had to cancel, you would need to repost the book at the end of the FIFO line. That is one of the drawbacks of posting books that require communication before mailing.

Date Posted: 8/18/2010 2:42 PM ET
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Thanks Melanie. I was thinking why couldn't they just cancel if it's not wishlist, but then they'd keep getting the same book offered.

Date Posted: 8/18/2010 8:37 PM ET
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Just about any book _could_ be used in a classroom setting. I took an honors class in college called, "Writing and Love" and one of the books we used was "A Week in the Zone" which was about the Zone diet. I actually do have a small amount of writing in it and will have to ask if anyone actually requests it from me... but I don't see it ever being requested :) 

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 8:48 AM ET
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I'm glad you asked this question.  I got a book yesterday with 1 small part highlighted and I wasn't sure if it should be marked RWAP or not.  If I read the rules correctly since I was not PM'd and asked if it was ok, I should mark it RWAP.  Correct?

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 9:39 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/20/2010 10:06 AM ET
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Jeri - thanks for the great reply.  This is the first book I've ever had to mark RWAP and had no idea how it worked.  It was a book that I planned on reposting as my daughter wanted to read it and I know it won't be one we keep.  I was disappointed to see the highlighting because I didn't even think it was possible to repost as I didn't consider it a textbook.  Had the sender asked I would have declined, and I won't repost so it is good to know I can get my credit back.

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 12:15 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/20/2010 2:31 PM ET
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Jeri, aren't you allowed to send cookbooks with light stains? If I remember right the rules do not apply the same for cookbooks. They can have a little staining. I've never posted a cookbook before but I do remeber reading that in the rules. So, I would figure you wouldn't have to notify the buyer of the light stains of the cookbook. Though I guess it would be a nice courtesy.  I figure that is why the person who sent you the book didn't tell you first.

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 2:46 PM ET
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You have to send a PM about cookbooks with stains:

 

 

    • Exception: Cookbooks may have some mild staining, since these are used in the kitchen and while cooking, and some minor degree of staining could be expected in a used cookbook.  Also a small amount of writing in cookbooks could be expected
      • HOWEVER, if you post a cookbook and it is stained and/or written-in, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
      • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
      • This is the one of the ONLY three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for travel guidebooks and textbooks/workbooks--see above).
  • this exception applies to the covers of cookbooks also.
Date Posted: 8/20/2010 4:33 PM ET
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Oh, ok, thank you, Elizabeth. I think I just glanced over it when I read it because I haven't planned to list a cookbook at this time. Well pooh then that throws my whole theory of why the first person didn't PM her then.

Date Posted: 8/20/2010 5:25 PM ET
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