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Subject: Your Opinion on Postability of Book Received
Date Posted: 4/20/2015 3:28 PM ET
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I've been a PBS member for many years and have a decent familiarity with posting guidelines.  However, I received a book over the weekend that has me questioning whether or not if meets PBS posting guidelines.

Beginning with the last page of this MMPB, there's a 1/2" long yellow highlight "stain" on the page edge an inch from to top of the page and continuing on the next 4 pages.  Then the "stain" narrows to the width of a single line of highlighting, still on the page edge only, 1 inch from the top.  It appears a highlighter got too chose to the page edges and accidentally marked them.  The pages impacted with the largest area of "stain" are a preview of another book by the author.  None of the book's text is impacted by the "stain."

If it weren't for the 5 pages with the longer "stain" I'm sure I wouldn't have noticed the issue.  What are your thoughts - postable or not? 

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Date Posted: 4/20/2015 3:41 PM ET
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If I received that book I would not be marking it RWAP.

IMHO, it is looking "too hard" to MAKE the book non-postable. IMO, the no-stains rule is more about food stains, and unidentifiable marks, not a highlighter that "ran amoke" on the edge og pages that are not even text of the actual book.

Date Posted: 4/20/2015 3:49 PM ET
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No matter what the size, if they didn't notify you of the highlighting ahead of time, as per the textbook rule, it's RWAP.

Date Posted: 4/20/2015 3:57 PM ET
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I think it's fine. It doesn't sound as if it's essentially different from a remainder mark.

Date Posted: 4/20/2015 4:08 PM ET
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If it is on the outer edge of the book which I think you're describing (if I'm visualizing it correctly) I would take one of the large black salon type nail files that you can buy is a drug or grocery store and file it off gently.  I think you'll be able to remove it and it will be postable.  Do not get a red or colored nail file as sometimes the color comes off them.

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Date Posted: 4/20/2015 4:49 PM ET
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Others have recommended gently sanding with sandpaper to remove such marks.

Nope, doesn't sound unpostable to me......it doesn't fall within the 'textbook rules' if actual text is not highlighted, underlined or margins written in.

Date Posted: 4/20/2015 6:09 PM ET
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If I'm understanding the description, I would have put it in the same category as a remainder mark.

Date Posted: 4/20/2015 11:25 PM ET
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When you say page edge are you talking about the margin on the face of the page or on the edge of the pages when the book is closed? In the margin is not postable, its not a stain it is highlighting that was not PMed about upfront. If it is on the edge of the pages when the book is closed, that is postable, the rules allow writing there.
Date Posted: 4/21/2015 12:41 AM ET
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If the highlighting is on non-text pages, then it is OK, no matter where on the page it is. Writing is disallowed on text pages, but its actually fine on other non-text pages. Those teaser pages and book review pages are not generaly considered text pages. Stains does not refer to writing of any kind. Stains just means dirt or mystery substances, and writing is writing.

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Date Posted: 4/21/2015 1:05 AM ET
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What Sara said yes  Writing (highlighting, etc.) is only unpostable on actual text pages.  Non-text or edges (ie remainder marks) does not make it unpostable.

Date Posted: 4/21/2015 3:06 AM ET
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I don't quite understand the description of the stain or marking in the OP, but the book sounds like it's postable.

Date Posted: 4/21/2015 9:50 AM ET
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Thanks for all the feedback - I'm going to mark the book received and postable.

Just to clarify, there's no way the highlighter mark could be filed off the affected pages.  If that was done, there would be an indentation on those page edges that would be worse that the current bright yellow mark.

Date Posted: 4/21/2015 11:26 PM ET
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Ahhh, I received one that the highlighter had bleed deeply into the page edges...like an open highlighter had been pressed into the pages for quite awhile (squished in a backpack together?).  Since this was not just a surface marking, I did wonder if it was postable.