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Subject: Monthly Manga Publications?
Date Posted: 8/4/2009 2:05 PM ET
Member Since: 7/20/2007
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I was just looking through the books on the site, seeing if i could get a manga book or two or if they were WishListed.

I know that magazines are not allowed on the site, and neither are coloring books, and calendars.

What about monthly manga magazines? I have found several of those, and was wondering if i should report them. They are more than a magazine (i guess) but far, far less than a book.

Why, do you suppose, that you are even able to post a magazine or coloring book on the site? Is it impossible to only block some types of ISBN's, or is there absolutely no way of knowing what it is, so people post them and get away with it?

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Date Posted: 8/4/2009 2:59 PM ET
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the Report Suspicious Items Here thread at the top of this forum explains that they get isbns from some sources and don't control what they get.  You should report it if someone has it posted.  If it is one of the non-isbn items they can delete it permanantely.

I am not sure what these Magna publications are, but I think that one of the reasons magazines are not allowed is that they include advertising and can not be sent media mail.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 3:20 PM ET
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To the best of my knowledge, monthly magazines do not have ISBN numbers which makes it very difficult to post them accurately or uniformly.  So how are these being posted?   As already noted, they are not eligible for media mail rates.  If the magazine doesn't include the advertising, maybe they are more of a series book and allowable?  If you suspect monthly (subscription type) magazines are being posted, they should be reported and checked out.

Although magazines can probably be offered in the forums, they cannot be posted to FIFO.   Somewhere is a definition of 'postable books' that discribes bound materials such as pamphlets, coloring books vs. workbooks, and other potential unpostables.

Does anyone know if ineligible ISBN's are removed from the PBS database when reported?

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 3:28 PM ET
Member Since: 7/18/2009
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Monthly manga magazines usually contain a chapter from several different series (usually each mag is separated by genre like shoujo/girls and shounen/boys). For example, xxxHolic is a series I enjoy, but before all the chapters get setup into volumes, each chapter is printed in a manga magazine. I never checked to see if there was ever an ISBN before, though.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 3:32 PM ET
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Magazines like Shonen Jump/Shojo Beat do have advertisements for video games and other manga items in them, but they do not have ads for shampoo and things. As i understand it, any ads at all would make them ineligible.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 4:45 PM ET
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Monthly manga magazines should have an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number -- meaning it is published serially or periodically) vs an ISBN.   Most items with an ISSN contain advertising and would be unpostable.

Tracey, some folks do unknowingly post inappropriate items, and sometimes records for inappropriate items are taken directly from places like Amazon (like when you see things like "12 copy set with in-store display", obviously meant for a bookstore and not personal use, not matter how much one may love Twilight).  It isn't a perfect system, but the "report suspicious items" is intended to help balance the scales.