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Subject: Can I post these ex library books?
Date Posted: 9/9/2010 3:15 AM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2010
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I went to my public library sale.  All the books are in real nice condition, except that when the withdraw a book from the system, they cut a "notch" in the top part of the fly page.  Notches appear to be about 3/4" vertically and about 2" horizontally, but seems like depending on who does it it changes a tiny bit.:)

There is also a small library ticket, but is lightweight and can be lifted up so does not obscure any writing.  A few of them also have the library "stamp" on the flypage or next page, but again, is small and does not obscure any writing. 

I'm new so I want to make sure I don't post any books that would not be acceptable.

Question #2, can a book have a personal inscription, or is that considered non-postable?


Thanks in advance for helping me~

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 3:37 AM ET
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I'm not sure about the notches cut from the page. The general rule is 1/2 in, but since it's on the first page, it might be ok. Inscriptions (author signature, name written in book and so on) are ok as long as they on the first page and don't obscure any text. As far as the library stamping, they are postable. Here's what the help docs say

This is a used-book swapping site; books are not expected to be in like-new condition.

  • Older books may have some page yellowing or spine-creasing or dogeared pages; these are all OKAY.
  • Decirculated library books may have various markings and/or stamps inside or outside or on the page edges of the book; this is OKAY.  These may not obscure text

ETA (edit to add) I just got this from another post

From PBS help Docs

No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages

  • a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY

However PBS doesn't give a definition for Flyleaf either but since the actual "text" hasn't begun on the internal title page I would think the note to mom would be OK. Just my opinion though. I would be OK with this book and would repost it.

(Someone had a note from their mother in the book)



Last Edited on: 9/9/10 3:42 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 9/9/2010 11:34 AM ET
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Yes, books can have personal inscriptions. As long as they are not on a text page, or obscure text.

As far as the notch ... for a book to be postable on PBS, it can't have missing "text pages" .. which implies that other non-text pages can be missing altogether. if the notch is on a non-text page, I think it is postable, since the page could be entirely missing and the book would still be postable.

So, the next question is, what's a "text page"? Well, people have idfferent opinons on this, so I will tell you mine. I think that text pages are any page that is included in the book that was written by the author (or the editor) for that book. So, author's notes, table of contents, bibliography, are all text pages to me. Things that aren't text pages to me are all the blank pages (obviously), the title page, book review pages, book advertisement pages, anything else that is ancillary stuff fromthe publisher of the book.

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 1:25 PM ET
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Should be postable Laura.

Date Posted: 9/9/2010 7:05 PM ET
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I don't think it's a problem, I'd rather be missing a bit of the flyleaf than a bit of the cover.

That is assuming that the flyleaf is blank, if any text is missing I wouldn't post it.