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Subject: Little Black Mark
Date Posted: 9/12/2010 1:07 AM ET
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I hate to do one of those 'is this postable' threads but I have a book that I'm worried might get it marked as RWAP. It seemed to have a price sticker on the cover in a previous life and someone had taken a black marker and colored around it. The sticker is now gone but there's a small black square that marks where it used to be.

What do you think?

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 1:42 AM ET
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Have you tried wiping it off with a baby wipe or a lightly dampened paper towel? If it's a WL book, you could post it in the Unpostable Wishlist thread in the bazaar. I don't think I would chance a RWAP if you can't get it off. Good luck!

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 2:01 AM ET
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Remainder marks are okay.  This sounds like it might fit into that category.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 7:32 AM ET
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Marker is postable on a cover. Unless it is so much that it would make the book fall into the "excessively worn" category.

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Date Posted: 9/12/2010 8:55 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/12/2010 9:32 AM ET
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If it's on a glossy paperback a pencil eraser and/or a clorox wipe should remove it. But I agree with Sara, marks on the cover don't necessarily make the book unpostable.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 2:37 PM ET
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"I hate to do one of those 'is this postable' threads..."  no worries Erin, these can be interesting and other members (me) can learn from them too!

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 5:11 PM ET
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Writing on the cover of a book is ok, so I'd post it.

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 7:05 PM ET
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The first ever book I received on PBS had a personal inscription written all over the cover. I marked it RWAP because I thought no writing was allowed, but then when I went back through the Help Docs after the sender disputed it, I changed it to "Marked RWAP by Mistake". From the Help Docs:

Overall Condition:

  • No damage at all from water or other liquid
  • Not soiled
  • No stains (exception for cookbooks--see below) I don't know if someone might consider it a stain or not, but this is overall so if marked RWAP they might make a case for it
  • No mold
  • no highlighting, underlining or writing on text pages (exception for Textbooks/Workbooks and travel guidebooks --see below) No mention of covers here, just pages with text on them


  • Must both be present (front and back)
    • note that a paperback missing its front cover is  usually an illegal, unsold copy
    • "cover" does not = dust jacket.  Hardcovers do not need to include their dust jackets to be swapped here.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • Cover not torn or chewed/gnawed
    • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 square inch, this is OKAY
    • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed" above.  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • A bookplate inside the cover or on the flyleaf is OKAY


There is no mention of writing on covers, so by the rules it is ok to post. That doesn't mean that someone won't get upset by it, but if it does get marked RWAP, you can point this out to requestor. If they don't want writing on the covers, they need to put an RC in place and specifically ask for no writing on the cover.