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Subject: Pink Coloring???
Date Posted: 1/27/2012 12:30 AM ET
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I have received 3 books lately that has a pink coloring on the outside of the pages.  Does anyone know what causes this?  And would they be considered unpostable for staining?  On the first two, I was able to take an eraser and remove it.  But, that is not working on this last book I just received.

Date Posted: 1/27/2012 12:44 AM ET
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I don't know what it is, can't say I've ever seen pink stuff on book edges.

But generally, pen or marker can be on the page edges and is postable.

Dirt or mystery substances are unpostable.

Anyway, try sandpaper. That's my go-to for dirty page edges, I know it sounds like it would tear up the page edges, but actually it works really well, and usually you can't even tell the page edges used to be dirty. Squeeze the book tight and sand the page edges up and down with the grain of the paper.

My dollar store sells sandpaper, I'm still on my first sheet.



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Date Posted: 1/27/2012 1:00 AM ET
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Use a fine grade sandpaper. Hold the book tightly closed. It works.
Date Posted: 1/27/2012 1:19 AM ET
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Is it something covering the whole thing, or just a small area? It could be an ink marking a store uses like a remainder mark and would be postable.

It could also be Koolaid and unpostable.

Only you with the book in your hand can tell if it is a stain or just a marker/ink. 

I also take light grade sand paper to the book edges when there is something there that hasn't bled into the pages. I usually flip the covers out because they don't take the sanding as much, then hold the pages all together firmly and rub the sandpaper with the pages, not across them. Makes them look all nice and new.

Date Posted: 1/27/2012 2:00 AM ET
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I just noticed this on a book I'm reading.  It's a used PBS book in mint condition, but when I took it outside in natural sunlight there's a pink cast to a section of the book pages.  When viewing the page edges, it's a section of about 1/3 of the book.  Not bright pink enough to be visible while the book is open.  Dunno if it's a different series of paper or some other printing issue.  Not a stain and not dirty, mine isn't even noticable in all lights.

My sandpaper seems to be missing, time to round up another piece (I know The Cutie has a bunch more around here somewhere)  wink

Date Posted: 1/27/2012 8:57 AM ET
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I received a book like that once.  They had wrapped it with a grocery sack and the stores logo was in red and bleed onto the outside of the pages.

Date Posted: 1/27/2012 3:00 PM ET
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An alternative to using sandpaper to clean up the page edges is to use a nail filing block.  I keep one in my office supplies.  There are four sides and It's easier to hold and apply evenly.  Plus the grit is extremely fine.

Date Posted: 1/27/2012 3:57 PM ET
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Thanks for all the comments and help.  The coloring can only be seen if the book is held tightly together.  It is not a marker or pen, and was not wrapped in a grocery sack.   The only way it can be seen is under bright light.

Date Posted: 1/27/2012 5:02 PM ET
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My rule of thumb is, if the questionable thing on a book can only be seen in a certain light, when you hold the book in a certain way, and you have to close one eye and squint to see it ... then the book is postable.

JMO.

Date Posted: 1/27/2012 7:08 PM ET
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Sure its not the page end tint? Some books do have the edges of the pages tinted another color that can only be really seend when held closed. So if the pink is uniform all around the book, then it could be the way it is meant to be.
I cannot find any books like this frm my quick look through the library or else I;d name a title.

Date Posted: 1/28/2012 4:45 AM ET
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I have seen that pink tinge on some books lately. I think it is because of the type of paper they are using. I had wondered if it was perhaps recycled paper. I have also seen some with a yellow tinge in the past.
Date Posted: 1/28/2012 4:58 AM ET
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The only way I know how to explain......   If you were to turn the book sideways, not like you were going to read the book, but sideways, opposite from the spine, and held the book tightly, the pink coloring is on the top and bottom pages all through the book, on the very edges of the paper.

 

What the Night Knows
Author: Dean Koontz
ISBN-13: 9780553593075 - ISBN-10: 0553593072
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback 
 
What the Night Knows 
 
Date Posted: 1/28/2012 10:11 PM ET
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The book I'm currently reading has a section that appears faintly pink in some lights, no it's not the edge tint, stain, or dirt.  On this book, it's a stripe down the center of the book, maybe about 1/3 of the pages.  It appears to be a slightly different paper, the color is light enought to not be apparent on the printed page but noticable on the page edges (beside the white paper sections) in natural or strong light.

I'll try to get a picture tomorrow in natural sunlight.  Could be a bit tricky, it's not a big color difference.



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