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Subject: new and confused
Date Posted: 2/1/2010 7:09 PM ET
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hi all,

someone requested one of my books but does not want it if it comes from a book club. is there a way to tell if it comes from a book club because i got the book used? I don't see any obvious "company stamp" or anything. any help would be greatly appreciated!!




Thanks everyone for the helpful tips. I decided just to decline and move on, since I can't be positive.  Better safe than sorry.

Last Edited on: 2/1/10 7:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/1/2010 7:13 PM ET
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I think most club books have which one listed among the copyright info right at the beginning.


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ETA most club Hard Covers have uneven cut (deckle edged) pages, but not always and it's not exclusive to club versions

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Date Posted: 2/1/2010 7:19 PM ET
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Hi Keri.  Welcome to PBS.  Book club editions will often have the information inside the front cover, and they're usually smaller than regular editions as well.  But being new, you might just want to decline this requestor condition - which you can do without losing your place in line - by just clicking on the "my book doesn't meet the conditions" tab.  I only suggest this because identifying book club editions can sometimes be confusing, and it's something you may want to get acclimated to the club before dealing with.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 7:19 PM ET
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No answer here.
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Date Posted: 2/1/2010 7:20 PM ET
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As far as I know there isn't always a fool proof way to determine if a book is a "book club" edition or not.  Some of them will be marked as such, but not all of them.   In my experience, most book club editions are hard covers but are slightly smaller than a standard hard cover.  I suspect in most instances, when someone has a request stating "no book club editions" they want the standard size hard cover and not the smaller book club edition.

If you aren't sure, I would choose "Book does not meet requestor conditions".  You'll then have the option to give the requestor more details about why you declined the request.  If the book you've listed is a "wish list" book it'll go to the next wisher in line.  If not, your book will be in first in FIFO (first in first out) and will probably be requested shortly by someone else.  (Also the original requestor could turn off her Requestor Condition and request your book.)

By the way--Welcome to PBS!!

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 7:23 PM ET
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That link may help. But, you may just want to decline the request if you aren't sure about it.

Last Edited on: 2/1/10 7:24 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/2/2010 9:16 PM ET
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 I think *but I'm not always right* that bookstore hardcovers have a price on the inside of the dust jacket, but Book club editions do not.  For example, I just got Dan Brown's the Lost Symbol from another member.  There is a price on that one.  There's a book my mom gave me, that  I know is from one of the clubs---there is no price on it.


I would decline and state in the box that I wasn't sure how to tell if it was a book club edition, and say I'm sorry.  Your book will find a new home with someone (like me ;o) ) who doesn't care as long as it's a postable book that can be devoured!  :)

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 9:40 PM ET
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If there is a price printed on the inside flap of the dustjacket, it is NOT a book club edition. Book club books are not sold, but are available to members of the book club.

If there is not a price on the inside flap it is probably a book club. A few non-bookclubs may also not have a price.

The link posted by Sara gives other points about book club editions, but looking for the price on the inside flap of the dustjacket is a good place to start.


Date Posted: 2/2/2010 10:27 PM ET
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The price is what I look for too and when I add no Book Club editions to my conditions, that is the point I tell them to look for. The price is the sign that it is made to be sold in the general market. If a bookclub sends a book with a price in it (I think a couple do now) they are distributing the same product that is sold on the general market.

Subject: I Pay for bookclub books
Date Posted: 2/3/2010 4:16 PM ET
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  Ok, I'm thinking from this string that there are different definitions to "bookclub books"---  1) books bought from a mailorder book club like "Book of

the month Club" or "Double Day " that look and read just like those purchased in a store.  2) books bought from a vendor that are a special edition like

"Readers' Digest"  versions.    3)  books (like  a classic or bestseller or award winner) bought in bulk for use in a group setting for a classroom text or "book club"

Soooooo, maybe the responses to the OP need to ID exactly which type of book they are talking about.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 4:24 PM ET
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I'm with you when in doubt decline. 

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