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Subject: Missing part of cover question
Date Posted: 3/22/2010 5:25 PM ET
Member Since: 3/4/2007
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I think this is a RWAP, but I want to make sure before I mark this book received.  The paperback I received today has the cover cut all the way from top to bottom.  It starts at the top about 1/4 inch in and by the time it ends at the bottom, the missing part is just over 1/2 inch wide. This is definitely more than 1 square inch of missing cover, which I believe is the allowable amount, correct?  The book is in otherwise postable condition and I don't plan on asking for my credit back, but I do want to mark it correctly. 

Date Posted: 3/22/2010 5:40 PM ET
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It's not just the missing part to consider, but the 'cut' itself. Was the cover cut or torn all the way through? If it was and is from top to bottom, then that's way more than an inch.

Here's the PBS guidelines so you can read them for yourself.


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.
Date Posted: 3/22/2010 5:52 PM ET
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It was a neat, deliberate cut, I'm guessing from a USB as it is stamped "not for resale."   I thought it was unpostable, but thank you for confirming, Cindy.