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Subject: is there a place....
Date Posted: 8/16/2009 3:22 PM ET
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to make a note about a book so that others can see it...?

I have one book that does qualify as a good book as it has all pages, cover/back but there is a small part of the spine where the paper has started to come away from the book. I taped it to keep it from going further.. but I have listed it and want to make that part known it case it is a big deal for someone else

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 3:37 PM ET
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Sorry Teresa,

PBS doesn't offer a description feature. You have an unpostable book. It cannot be swapped. You have to unlist it.

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 3:49 PM ET
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That book is not postabe. You need to read the posting guidelines in the help docs.  There is no way to put condition notes on books. PBS works on a first in/first out basis. This is the main reason for the posting guidelines so that people can expect a minimum standard when ordering books. Most people would not want to pay a credit for a book with pages coming loose.

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 3:50 PM ET
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Hi Teresa,

As Laura and Mary have said, there's no way to do condition notes here becaue of FIFO.  People don't have a choice of whose books they order.  I'd definitely recommend reading the guidelines for what is postable in the Help Center.

All is not lost, though!  There are a few options for your book.  
1) If it's a wishlisted or extremely popular book, you can offer it in the Book Bazaar for a credit (but not keep it on your shelf -- the receiver would have to "buddy" you the credit to get the book).  
2) You can offer it as an "unpostable" in the Book Bazaar, or advertise it on your bookshelf profile/bookshelf header or in your forum signature as kind of a free  "bonus" for ordering other things from your shelf.  
3) If you want to juggle two swapping sites, there are others out there that DO allow notes about the specific condition of YOUR book because members have a choice of bookshelves to order from (sorry, bad grammar).


Edited for formatting.  And again for spelling.  Geez.  Nap time...

Last Edited on: 8/16/09 3:56 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 8/16/2009 4:01 PM ET
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I don't think your definition of the problem necessarily  makes the book unpostable. You would need to compare it to the guidelines, but small amounts of fraying along the top or bottom of the book is allowed and I think that is what you are describing, not necessarily a separation of the spine.

From the Help Center:


  • Must both be present (front and back)
    • note that a paperback missing its front cover is  usually an illegal, unsold copy
    • "cover" does not = dust jacket.  Hardcovers do not need to include their dust jackets to be swapped here.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • Cover not torn or chewed/gnawed
    • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 square inch, this is OKAY
    • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed" above.  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • A bookplate inside the cover or on the flyleaf is OKAY


  • Must be intact, with no separation on the inside or outside of the book
  • If the book tends to open at a particular page, this is OKAY
  • Small amount of fraying or denting at top or bottom is OKAY

If your book falls under the underlined parts, then it may be postable. If it falls under the part in italics and is a separation of the spine, then it would not be postable. If you feel it is postable, but are concerned a requester would not be happy, you can always PM them and explain it and offer to cancel a request if they do not want it.

Last Edited on: 8/16/09 4:03 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/16/2009 4:19 PM ET
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Hi - Melanie is right -it doesn't make it unpostable.  I had  book the spine was intact it was just the paper cover that had peeled away about 1/4 inch.  I asked the similar question on Q&A and I was told to post it by several members that  have been here for ahwile.  What I did was PM the requestor and told them that the book met guidelines that the spine paper cover had started to peel away but the spine was intact as were the pages - she said no problem.

Date Posted: 8/16/2009 5:35 PM ET
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Two things - if it is a postable book try not to get yourself in the trap of PM-ing a requestor because it can cause several things to happen - 1) it raises the expectation of a requester that they will be consulted every time, 2) it raises the problem of whether the requester will get back in touch with you before the "mail by date" deadline occurs, etc.  The system is set up to run automatically, and is best used that way.  But in the end it is up to you whether you want to PM anyone beforehand.

Then, if you don't want to take the chance of the book not being postable or acceptable by the requester, you can list it in the Book Bazaar for a credit as long as the person receiving it is told exactly everything that is wrong with it before agreeing to the exchange.