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Subject: mixed up book
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:37 PM ET
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I recently bought a withdrawn book from my library, and was surprised when openedit to read the inside cover.  The pages were upside down.  It seems that the publisher (?) put the dj on opposite the print type, so when you read the book, someone across from you would think you lost your mind..   The book is in great shape otherwise, except for the usual library markings. 

Would this be postable? 

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:41 PM ET
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No missing pages, not missing its cover, no liquid damage? Sounds postable to me. I think it would be a great book to read on my hour long commute in the morning, to see if others on the train were paying the slightest attention. Bet they wouldn't even notice!

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:45 PM ET
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I'd think it is fine to post it BUT what I would do is this: Put a bright yellow post it note on the outside of the book and write "Contact requester about upside down cover". This way the person getting it will know.

In the past I have run into a few picky people. So in order to prevent trouble I always make sure to contact the person about the smallest thing wrong with a book.


Date Posted: 2/4/2008 7:52 PM ET
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Nope, and no writing beyond library use.  After looking at it, it may have been pulled from the shelf because it's backward: on the sole sticker where the return date is usually stamped, there is only 'withdrawn from the library' - no dates.   The book was printed in '06 - looks straight from the publisher.  Hmmm, maybe I should check ebay  :)


Last Edited on: 2/4/08 8:54 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 9:02 PM ET
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If it's a WL book I would post it in the Book Bazaar before I posted it to my shelf. Then if someone wants it you can post it directly to their shelf.  Otherwise you have to go through PMing people and waiting for a response, canceling requests and reposting etc..,,

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 9:04 PM ET
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I'm with Ashley--post it and PM.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 9:11 PM ET
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I agree with Mary L...post it on Book Bazaar and then post it directly to someone's WL....otherwise if you post it as usual you'd have to wait til they respond to your PM and then cancel it and that looks bad on your stats...

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 9:23 PM ET
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Books are postable w/o dustjackets.  Can you remove the dustjacket and post it normally?  No Book Bazaar, no PM's.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 9:24 PM ET
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Altho it's not required, I usually PM someone when I post a withdrawn library book, and most are ok with it.  I just wasn't sure if it would be considered postable, solely because the cover was applied wrong.  As there is nothing else wrong with the book itself, I was leaning toward posting it on my bookshelf.  It's not a WL book, tho it does come up when I search for it.  Of course, when someone did request it, I'd advise them of the 'backwardness'

As to posting without the DJ, it is glued pretty well, tho only on the edges of the inside JD, so I'd damage the book if I tried to remove it.  The inside covers are a maroon color

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Date Posted: 2/6/2008 8:15 PM ET
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I checked with the Librarian, and this is the answer I received:

As long as this book meets the posting guidelines, it's o.k. We tried to cover everything in the guidelines in the Help Center, but somehow we overlooked upside-down covers when creating them (LOL). It would be a nice gesture to let the requestor know about an obvious defect like this before sending the book. Most people who want a book to read probably won't care, but there are a few who want "keepers" and would be unhappy about this.

So I will post it and when/if it is requested, will advise of its weird condition.