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Subject: page discoloration
Date Posted: 10/21/2016 6:26 AM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2008
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How brown do you think pages can be on posted books? or does it matter at all?

Date Posted: 10/21/2016 7:04 AM ET
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From the Help Center:

  • Older books may have some page yellowing or spine-creasing or dogeared pages; these are all OKAY.

I have sent and received older books that have had page tanning...it happens as low quality paper ages. Most people should realize that if they are requesting a book published decades ago, it will have tanned pages. However, some members don't pay any attention to the age of the book and are unhappily surprised when they receive a book with tanned pages. While I generally don't advocate PMing members about book condition, I will generally do so in this case, saying something like "As you are probably aware this book is XX years old and the pages have browned along the edges, which is acceptable under PBS posting criteria. If this is not acceptable to you, please cancel this request before (date 2 days away)."

Date Posted: 10/21/2016 8:09 AM ET
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how about the whole page is brown. not just the edge. Some brown pages are caused by heat. not just age. I think brown pages often indicate a lack of care in storing a book. But apparently the main thing is clear text so brown pages are not important.

Date Posted: 10/21/2016 10:07 AM ET
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It often has to do with the quality of the page. Iron content. Acid content. Some ingredients make the pages turn tan or yellow. Some cause speckles. Age increases the reactions.

Date Posted: 10/21/2016 10:18 AM ET
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how old is the book? 

Date Posted: 10/21/2016 10:49 AM ET
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As Emily said, it has to do with the content of the paper. Sometimes with tanning, the pages can become very brittle. I would say that as long as the pages are legible and not deteriorating, it should be postable but as I mentioned before, I would PM the requestor to make sure they are going to be happy with receiving a book with tanned pages. Very often books with tanned pages are old enough that they are out of print and hard to find...one of the reasons I don't mind receiving a book with tanned pages.

Date Posted: 10/21/2016 10:58 AM ET
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so the consensus seems to be that it doesn't matter.

Date Posted: 10/21/2016 11:58 AM ET
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Also, depending when it was published, the paper may have been a pale tan or cream to start with - especially books published during and just after WWII.  They do darken and seem to do so across the pages, not just edges.

 

Date Posted: 10/28/2016 4:21 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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right, Charles, you are NOT violating PBS rules by swapping them. Just know to expect some recipients may complain.