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Subject: Can I post cook booklets?
Date Posted: 7/21/2013 7:46 PM ET
Member Since: 8/24/2006
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The kind that are usually $3.99 (or more) that you find in the checkout lines at the store??  I have a bunch and didn't know if I could post them or they are unallowable on PBS.


Date Posted: 7/21/2013 9:41 PM ET
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The Help Center has a document called "What can be posted for swapping here?".  It includes:

You may NOT post: leaflets or pamphlets or booklets without ISBNs (other members complain at spending a credit for these). A leaflet/pamphlet is an item with fewer than 20 pages; a booklet is an item with between 20 and 50 pages that is not a children's book. Children's books often have less than 50 pages and are not considered booklets just because of their short pagelength.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 7/21/2013 10:25 PM ET
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If I'm thinking of the same thing you are, they usually contain advertising, which makes them ineligible for media mail, and hence for posting here. They're really more like small magazines then like books.

Date Posted: 7/22/2013 1:50 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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I also have some of those cookbooks, some are really good!  But what they already said bout size and advertising...do check the PBS guidelines to see if yours are swappable.

Subject: Thank you All
Date Posted: 7/22/2013 10:36 PM ET
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Makes sense.  I never thought of it that way. I guess because I would use a credit for one I wanted.  But it's totally understandable.

Thanks again.

Date Posted: 7/23/2013 10:33 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2009
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If they are not postable to trade for a credit, they may still be postable in the Book Bazaar forum for a credit.  Be sure to check those rules, too.

Date Posted: 7/23/2013 2:48 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2009
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Even if someone is willing to order for a credit - if there is advertising you cannot send via media mail. Which, honestly, shouldn't be a problem as they are so tiny.

Date Posted: 7/29/2013 4:40 PM ET
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like many of our thin paperbacks, one would go via first class mail, but if you sent a bunch at a time you still couldn't legally ship them media mail if they have advertising.

Date Posted: 7/30/2013 2:19 PM ET
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And if it isn't eligible for the media mail rate, it's not postable on this site.  But you could offer them in the Book Bazaar discussion forum, or in the red sticky thread at the top of the Cooking genre forum, and you can ask for a credit for them there.  Just be sure to mail them at the First Class rate.