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Subject: Missing page
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 9:56 AM ET
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I received a book yesterday that is in lovely condition.  I have had a string of bad luck recently so I was happy to see a trade paperback with a gleaming cover and no water damage.  I flipped through the book and was struck by the fact that the very first page (after the cover) is the author's title page.

Hmm.  Upon further inspection, it looks as though there is at least one page that has been torn out of the front of the book.  It is probably just a "blurb" page or a blank page but at the bottom, there is a definite "tag" of paper where the page used to be.  It begins at the spine about four inches from the bottom of the book and angles outward so that by the bottom of the book, the remaining page is approximately 1/4 inch in width.  I don't know if any of that makes sense!

Anyhow, I have a book with a page that has been torn out.  It does not affect the reading of the book.  Will I be able to post this book when I am through with it?





Date Posted: 3/10/2009 10:05 AM ET
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Well, the help center guideline that best applies is this:  "No loose or missing text pages."  So, I guess it depends on how confident you are that the page did not have text!

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 11:38 AM ET
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This came up awhile ago, and the consensus (members and TGs) was that if it was a review/recommendation page (front), or the last page (sometimes a coupon is on a last page), then it was postable (assuming the page was removed neatly with no damage to the book).

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 11:38 AM ET
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Did you ask the sender about the missing page?

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 11:59 AM ET
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Last Edited on: 10/4/10 8:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 12:01 PM ET
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I searched this topic and couldn't find it, but I think there was a recent discussion on a "coupon" page in the book and if it could be removed.   The coupon was for another book.   The viewpoint of most was that it was ok to remove it.  Perhaps this is what that page was?  

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 12:26 PM ET
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I have checked Amazon and it was not helpful.  The "Search Inside" function actually begins with the 1st chapter rather than the prologue.  It was a good thought though!

The missing page(s) in no way affects the reading of the book.  The author's title page in intact and the publishing information is all there.  At the back of the book there are no "coupon" pages but there is one page that is completely blank.  At the front, there is just the very narrow and neatly torn edge of a missing page.  It seems that the PBS Guidelines only really speak to missing readable pages, not blurb, blank and advertising pages.

I guess I'll just mark it received and inform the sender that there is a missing, seemingly blank page at the front of the book.  I'm not sure whether I'll feel comfortable re-posting it though. :(


Date Posted: 3/10/2009 12:40 PM ET
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I've received several books like that. Since the page isn't part of the story, it shouldn't matter if its there or not.

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 1:01 PM ET
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Yes, its postable. I asked a similar question about this in the forums and the consensus is that it is postable.

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 1:08 PM ET
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I'd assume that the page had either an (unwanted) inscription or a stain, so was removed. As long as it's not within the text, I'd let it go.

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Date Posted: 3/10/2009 1:26 PM ET
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Was it an ex-library book?  Many libraries use RFID tags on their books.  My library has started cutting out the entire page when they remove a book from their collection.  The RFID is usually on the flyleaf.