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Subject: Can I post a "personalized" book?
Date Posted: 1/2/2011 4:25 PM ET
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Back in the 90's there was a book vendor who personalized books with popular themes (i.e. Barbie or cartoon characters)  by putting your child's name in the story as one of the characters. Sometimes added siblings' names or friends' names, maybe city/state where the child lived or mentioned favorite activities of the child., etc.  Except that some of the books use a last name, there is no other way to "track" the child down so I think security wise there is no problem.  Can I post these?


Date Posted: 1/2/2011 4:58 PM ET
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Good question. My son had one of those. I can't wait to hear the answer

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 5:02 PM ET
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I've never seen this asked before - I'm going to ask the other tour guides and see what they say!

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 1/2/2011 5:07 PM ET
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I don't see why not. They meet all the criteria in the Help doc "What can be posted for swapping here?"

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 5:37 PM ET
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I went to a couple of personalized children's book ordering sites.  From what I could see--there was only one sample book that showed front/back covers and the title/flyleaf pages--I didn't see anywhere that there was a specific ISBN for the books.  In that case they could be listed without an ISBN, and personalization could be noted such as The ABC's on Sesame Street (Personalized with name Evan) or some such indication showing it was personalized.  My only concern, though, is that the one sample I saw did personalize the first page with first and last names, city and state of the child when introducing the character. 

Considering that because it's personalized, there may be very little interest in the book, I don't know that I'd take any kind of potential risk with a child's safety just to try to get a credit.

Date Posted: 1/2/2011 10:18 PM ET
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The girls are now adults! But books are in like new condition though purchased in 1997! We don't live in the same state anymore where the books identified us.  The books have a patent number, not an ISBN so might be hard to move off my shelf.  

Date Posted: 1/3/2011 1:13 AM ET
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Jeanne, we'd all just be guessing if we told you they're postable or not postable.  I don't remember this coming up before.  There could be media mail issues, or problems if someone else posted one of these where the child actually could be identified.  Or it might be perfectly fine.  Why don't you get a definitive answer by asking the Admin Team.  Go down to the bottom right corner of any page, and under "company" click on "contact us."  Use the Feedback option.

Date Posted: 1/4/2011 6:12 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/4/2011 6:15 PM ET
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To me that's one of the childhood mementos would keep.  Your grandchildren might like to read them someday. 

Date Posted: 1/5/2011 1:57 PM ET
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Maybe if you posted them in the bazaar, telling what names they are personalized with someone else can get them for their children with the same names.  I'd want to be able to describe the personalization though so I don't think I'd post them to my shelf.