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Subject: Do you PM someone when a book they requested is a book club edition?
Date Posted: 4/26/2012 12:12 PM ET
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I just posted a book that is a wish list book for 350 members. It is a book club edition and meets all posting requirements, including having an ISBN. When someone requests this book, and their RC conditions do not state anything about not accepting book club editions, should I PM them anyway and ask them if they are OK with it being a book club edition? I know I am probably not required to, but I wondered if anyone here PMs them anyway? Thanks in advance for your help!

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 12:22 PM ET
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No, I absolutely would not PM about something that is postable.

If they don't answer you in a timely manner, then what do you do? And, if they don't want it, then you would have to cancel the offer and either ask the first person to add a RC so you could get past them, or you would have to wait to offer it again until a different copy was offered to the first person.

It's really best to not open that can of worms.

People who are fussy about book club editions can add a RC if they don't want them. That's the proper use of the site. There are no "unstated expectations of PMing" that need to be followed.

So, post your book without any worries!

(The only thing I would double check is the binding type because it is known that sometimes publishers re-use the same ISBN when they issue a BCE hardcover of a book that came out in paperback. But as long as your binding type is correct for the ISBN of your BCE, you are in good shape).

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 12:39 PM ET
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I agree with Sara! yes

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 12:44 PM ET
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Thanks to both of you for the advice. I had those same thoughts ("why open that can of worms?") but I wondered if it was one of the things that had sort of become "unwritten etiquette". This is a new hardcover, not a reissued paperback, so I should be good with the binding (great point - thanks for pointing that out!). Thanks again to both of you!

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 1:20 PM ET
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I also agree with Sara.  If your book meets all guidelines for postability and RC, then pming only has the potential to confuse the transaction (ie why open that can of worms, muddy the water, etc.).

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 2:30 PM ET
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I also agree...I never PM about postable books, whether it's a book club, ex-library, hardcover without dust jacket or whatever....it is the requestor's responsibility to let me know if they want something special above the PBS postability guidelines...and yes, those cans of worms can get kind of crazy. LOL


Date Posted: 4/26/2012 3:46 PM ET
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Add me to those that never PM about postable books.  If they want more than postable than they can set up an RC. 

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 3:58 PM ET
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I never even thought about doing this!  I figure if the book information matches (ISBN, title, author, binding), then I post the book, even if it is a book club edition. I guess if someone has a problem with those, they should definitely put an RC on them.

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 4:26 PM ET
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I like book club editions because of the questions for discussion in the back of the book.

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 7:24 PM ET
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Elizabeth......I think that Book Club editions(no price printed inside jacket, smaller in size) referred to in this post are the books you get when you sign up for a Book-of-The-Month type club. Reader club books with the discussion forum in the back is different.

I also enjoy the books with discussion pages. Very often there is a question I was wondering about while reading the book.

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 7:37 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/26/2012 7:54 PM ET
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The only time I've ever PMed about a book is when I was posting some rather beat up out of print books. Ones that NEVER move. They were all technically postable, just past my usual wear standards. Book club? No hesitation to post.