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Subject: does it have to be a paperback
Date Posted: 3/27/2009 3:19 PM ET
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I have many books that I am willing to trade, but I dont have many paper backs. I always preferred to but the hardback because they dont get as damaged. Am I allowed to post hard back books?

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Date Posted: 3/27/2009 3:21 PM ET
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YES!!!!  Please post hardbacks!  Many people want them.  You can post paperbacks, hardcovers, and audio books here!  (Note that paperbacks and hardbacks trade at 1 credit apiece to request or send them, and audiobooks trade at 2 credits each.)

See this section of the Help Center:  Is my book okay to post here?



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Date Posted: 3/27/2009 3:24 PM ET
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Yeah, I love hardcovers actually, and when I have credits to spend, I often pick those first, and am sooooo thrilled when I find them or when I'm on multiple WLs and the HC version comes up first. Feel free to post post post!

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 4:25 PM ET
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Definitely post those hardbacks. Love the hard cover books.

Date Posted: 3/28/2009 7:31 AM ET
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As others have already said, hardcovers are just fine! Yes, it may cost you a few cents more to mail those books, but on the other hand, you can also choose hardcovers here instead of paperbacks, so eventually that will all even out. I've sent a lot of HCs but I've also gotten some beautiful hardcover copies of books back from the site in series I want to keep (they're sturdier and hold up to multiple re-readings better than a paperback) so always appreciate it when those come available, especially for a few older series where they aren't easily availalble elsewhere.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 9:57 PM ET
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A question kind of related to this. Why aren't hardbacks worth/cost 2 creds? I'm mailing out some Robert Jordan hardcovers and let me tell you, they are NOT "a few cents more" in postage.

It just doesn't seem right that someone can mail out a paperback for under 1.50 and get a hardcover that costs almost 4 to mail.

thoughts, comments?

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 10:13 PM ET
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I was going to post the exact same thing myself.  Considering the average HB book runs from 15-27 dollars when you buy it, it would seem to me that they should be worth 2 credits.  The reason I buy alot of hardbound books is because I dont want to wait for the paperback to come out for my favorite authors.

 

Edited for spelling errors.  =[



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Date Posted: 4/10/2009 10:25 PM ET
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The complete answers are in the help docs, but basically I think the idea is just to keep things simple and straightforward.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 10:26 PM ET
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Well, keep in mind that you are free to also REQUEST those huge hardcovers...I've found over the course of the time I've been here it does all even out in the end. I've sent a lot of nice, big hardcovers (Terry Goodkind...even worse than Robert Jordan! LOL) but have also gotten some wonderful hardcovers back in return.

I like the idea that 1 book = 1 credit--it keeps things simple, less confusion, and has always worked well for me that way.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 10:31 PM ET
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The powers that be like the 1 book, 1 credit concept.  The theory is, that if you post hardbacks that's what you like to read so you can turn around and use that credit you get to request another hardback book.

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 10:41 PM ET
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Oh I know that I can request HB books as well, its just that the new HB books are kind of few and far between alot of times or WL pretty deep.  But its all good, I like this place all the same.  =]

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 10:52 PM ET
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...you are free to also REQUEST those huge hardcovers....

true. But it still seems a LOT fairer if people got/paid 2 creds for them. That way a tiny paperback isn't on the same playing field as one of Jordan's.

However, since this IS a free site, I guess we get what we pay for :-D

 

Date Posted: 4/10/2009 11:05 PM ET
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It just doesn't seem right that someone can mail out a paperback for under 1.50 and get a hardcover that costs almost 4 to mail.

Not sure where you are getting your postage estimates, but few paperbacks could go for under $1.50, they'd have to be under 3 ounces, my smallest have been at $1.86; the majority have been at the $2.02 or the media mail rate of $2.23. All my HCs go at $2.23 or $2.58, so you are correct that it isn't pennies, its quarters. I don't even think that the Outlander books I have gotten cost over $3 and they are thick, heavy HCs.

 

Considering the average HB book runs from 15-27 dollars

Not really. Once the paperback is released, the HCs are the same price or less than the paperbacks are. Way too complicated for the system to try to factor in a guess what the sender actually paid for a book.



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Date Posted: 4/10/2009 11:07 PM ET
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Honestly, I think you'll find once you've been here a while, that it really does even out.  I've both sent and received some lovely, nearly new HC books -  as well as received and sent paperbacks of varying sizes, and for me at least, any discrepancies have come out in the wash.

ETA - and as Melanie has said, the differences in mailing costs are really minimal.  Also, as the books you are posting are not new, you would be looking at the resale value rather then the original retail cost that you paid, minimizing any cost discrepancies between HC & PB even further. The best deal I have yet received at PBS was on a tiny PB.  I couldn't find it on Amazon or Ebay for under $25 and I was able to order it my first week here.  In pricing used books size really doesn't matter. ;~)



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Date Posted: 4/11/2009 3:41 AM ET
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The cheapest paperback I've sent was around $1.95.

When posting hardbacks into the system, make sure you are using the correct ISBN...use the one printed in the book (with publishing info) or on the back cover.  Posting the wrong edition is a common error and makes for frustrated members sending and receiving. 

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 8:55 AM ET
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(caviglia): Also, as the books you are posting are not new, you would be looking at the resale value rather then the original retail cost that you paid, minimizing any cost discrepancies between HC & PB even further. The best deal I have yet received at PBS was on a tiny PB.  I couldn't find it on Amazon or Ebay for under $25 and I was able to order it my first week here.  In pricing used books size really doesn't matter. ;~)

Those are all great points. These days, hardbacks and paperbacks are pretty much interchangeable. In olden, pre-Internet times hardbacks were, in the Real World, much more valuable than paperbacks. In cyberspace, that's just not the case anymore.

I lucked out my first week here, too. I found a book that I was going to have shipped from England.

At PBS, a valuable book is a book that you, personally, want to read. I hope that never changes.

 

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 11:31 AM ET
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I lucked out my first week here, too. I found a book that I was going to have shipped from England.

Isn't PBS the best?  When I think of recent best seller type HCs, all i can see in my head are those endless discount shelves at the B&N.  The dollar book shelves at The Strand (one of the all-time great used books stores here in NYC, completely worth a pilgramage) are also ful of HCs.

PS  Shavian - I just ordered two books off your shelf, one has been on my reminder list forever.  "Thanks!" in advance, as I will NOT be sending you a "Thank you" PM! ;~)

 



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