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Subject: Is this postable (binding/book condition question)
Date Posted: 9/5/2007 3:55 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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I have a cookbook that is on the wishlist of 16 folks so I would like to post it.  I checked the help kiosk for guidleines regarding binding, and found:

"Must be intact, with no separation on the inside or outside of the book"

What the heck does that mean?  This particular book opens to one page.  The spine is cracked and the pages "seperate" (?) so that I can see the spine of the book.  However, the binding is intact - there are no pages falling out.  Is this book postable?  Thank you in advance for your help.  :-)

Date Posted: 9/5/2007 4:04 PM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2005
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No it is not postable.  That is what's called a cleaved spine, when you can see the binding through the pages, and is not postable here. 

Also it's one of the most confusing things in the help center, and was widely debated for about a week.  I had no idea what a "cleaved spine" was until it was pointed out to me by another member. 



Last Edited on: 9/5/07 4:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/5/2007 4:06 PM ET
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Okay, thanks for the info.  I'm a newbie here, so I must have missed the heated debate.  :-)

 

Once my bookshelf gets out of control I'll do a 'free unpostable' deal. 



Last Edited on: 9/5/07 4:11 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/5/2007 11:11 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2007
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There is a lot of discussion on this, and R&R have not seen fit to get more specific than what's currently in the help center.

I have never seen a book that opens to a particular page (which is OK by the rules) that you can't see some of the binding.  So, if the only thing wrong with the book is it opens to a particular page, I'd send it.  

 

 

This is what the help center says:

Binding:

  • 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
L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/6/2007 2:58 AM ET
Member Since: 9/5/2005
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It sounds cleaved to me, which isn't postable.