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Subject: Name inside front cover, on title page - or on a non-text page for that mat
Date Posted: 11/30/2008 10:48 PM ET
Member Since: 10/2/2007
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A question!

Someone just ordered a book off my bookshelf and in re-checking the book (that is in very good condition) I noticed that my dh (sometime in the past) put his name on the inside first page.  It is not a text page and I assume this is postable (or I wouldn't have posted it), but in looking at the book guidelines again (and probably spending too much time on these boards lately ;^) I find myself wondering if I am interpreting the guidelines correctly.

The guidelines say there can be a signature on the title page.  I have assumed that could be a previous owner's name, but I don't necessarily consider that a "signature".  The guidelines also mention author's signature.....so I'm just wondering. 

Also, I recently received a book from someone else that had a note from a gift-giver on the inside front cover.  I have absolutely no problem with this book for myself (and am really looking forward to reading it, but it does make it a book I'm now not likely to pass on to someone else -- which I thought I might when I was done).  So, along with the above question, I'm left wondering.....are these books completely postable here?  I'm not asking because they concern me, but I want to make sure I post books that will not be a problem for others (according to a reasonable interpretation of PBS posting guidelines).


Last Edited on: 11/30/08 10:50 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 11/30/2008 11:01 PM ET
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a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY is in the rules right about the exception you mentioned so the note from a gift-giver is fine. Every time this has come up, the previous owner's name or a short note on the title page has also been considered OK, no different than a library stamp, which is allowed.  Unless someone has been really obnoxious with a magic marker or something I have never worried about it.

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 9:22 AM ET
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Thanks for confirming what I had understood when I read the rules.  Reading too many problem posts makes can make one nervous about what others might consider postable.  I was just having one of those nervous nelly moments late last night when I posted the question.  ;^)

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 9:38 AM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2008
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I agree they are postable.  As a courtesy, when I've had a name or gift inscription inside the book (front endpaper), I've accepted the request and then PM'ed the requestor to let them know.