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Subject: PDF Format Books...
Date Posted: 9/22/2010 10:31 PM ET
Member Since: 7/27/2005
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I accepted a wish list book of mine earlier this morning. I was thrilled, even though it was a library binding, was a book I have been wanting to read, so I didn't really care. Anyway, I get an email later saying that the book was declined because of my requester rules (which is to please wrap books in plastic, I have had a lot water damaged) I was bummed, but I rather have a book I can read then take the chance of getting a soaking wet book I can not relist. Then I read down farther and it says that they denied the request because it was in PDF format...Is this even allowed on PBS? I thought only tangable books were allowed to be listed. I looked for the rule, but didn't come up with anything, so I figured I would ask here. Could someone please enlighten me, or point me in the right direction of this rule where it is allowed. Thanks!

Date Posted: 9/22/2010 10:35 PM ET
Member Since: 11/17/2005
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No, PDF or any other type of e-books cannot be swapped on PBS.

From the help documents:


Not allowed:

  • Anything that is not a book (this includes calendars, coloring books, blank journals)
  • Anything that contains advertising
  • Advance Reader Copies* (also known as ARC s, Review Copies or Uncorrected Proofs--these are not the final versions of books)
  • CD-ROM books/e-books (books that must be read on a computer)
  • Burned copies of audio books
  • Xerox or otherwise unoriginal copies of books
  • Unbound pages
Date Posted: 9/22/2010 10:36 PM ET
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Thank you, that is what I thought, and I wish now that I would have written down her ID so I could email her or report her for having this. Hopefully PBS catches it and takes it off the listings.

Date Posted: 9/22/2010 11:18 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Marcy - you can send in Feedback and just tell them the book that was offered to you, they will be able to look at the transaction and ID the poster and have a talk with her about offering unpostable and illegal books for trade here. 

Date Posted: 9/22/2010 11:32 PM ET
Member Since: 7/27/2005
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Thank you, I will do that! :)

Date Posted: 9/25/2010 6:56 PM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2007
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yeah - no! That is actually book pirating. Pirates suck! COMPLETELY different than sharing tangible books..