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Subject: pen mark on bottom edge of a book
Date Posted: 7/10/2009 12:45 PM ET
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Hi! Someone requested a book from me & I agreed to mail it to them, but now I found out that there is what looks to be a tiny pen mark on the bottom of the book (it's on the very bottom of the back cover and it's also on the bottom edge of the pages). I know this is not a remainder mark, so I'm wondering if it's still okay to mail this book? I'm not sure if I explained myself well. The ink dot is not inside the book - only on the outside. Thanks for any help you can give me! :-)

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 1:18 PM ET
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IMO this is postable. As long as their is no writing on text pages. If they can have a remainder mark I don't see that a pen mark would make it unpostable.

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 1:20 PM ET
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Okay, that's what I was thinking. Thanks for your input, and thanks for answering my other question, too. :-)

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 5:08 PM ET
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Think those can be considered 'remainder' marks - marks put there by the library or book seller.  The books are perfectly postable.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 8:24 PM ET
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And remainder marks are not always giant red marker. Some stores use colored ball-point pen instead.

Either way, one line across the bottom of the book does not make the book unpostable, especially if the book is in good condition otherwise.

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 9:23 PM ET
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I see this phrase a lot, what is a remainder mark?

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 9:27 PM ET
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It's a mark on the bottom of the book. Booksellers often sell the remaining unsold portion of a printing (the "remainder") at a discount. To prevent you from returning it for a full refund they put the mark there.

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 2:52 AM ET
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Remainder marks can be on any page edges, top, bottom, or less common, sides. It could be a colored line, or maybe just a marker dot. Sometimes, they will cut off a small piece of the corner of the cover

In any case, writing (like a name) or marks are OK on page edges (but not dirt or stains).

vic8 -
Date Posted: 7/12/2009 4:15 AM ET
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I always PM the requester if I am in doubt about the condition of a book.
Date Posted: 7/12/2009 9:43 AM ET
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Vic, if the book meets PBS guidelines, do not PM the receiver because then they will begin to expect it.  plus if they don't answer you, do you still send?