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Subject: Postable if Child's Name written on front cover
Date Posted: 3/21/2009 1:31 PM ET
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I checked the Help Doc section and did not see if this was postable or not.  It noted that it is postable if writing on the flyleaf or inside cover was OK if not obscuring text but did not address the outside cover specifically.

Can anyone tell me?


Date Posted: 3/21/2009 3:54 PM ET
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Hi Dana,

I see a lot of people have looked at this and no one has tackled it, lol.  I think that's because the HC really isn't quite clear.  It implies "not postable" by saying the name can be written inside.  OTOH, ex-library books are postable and they often have various stickers and markings on the front. 

My personal feelings on the subject would be that it's a bit of a "Grey" area and you should use your own best judgement.  Is the name tidy and not too large?  Is it messy and covers most of the, well, cover?  Would you mind receiving this book?  My advice would be, if you feel comfortable posting it, do so, but *be sure* to PM the requestor and mention it to them so they can decide.  The HC says  this about "Grey Area" items, so you'd be OK doing it this way:

If you feel your book falls into a "grey area", you can either post the book and send a Personal Message to the requestor, or not post the book.

Date Posted: 3/21/2009 3:55 PM ET
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There was a discussion recently, and most agreed it was postable.  At the same time, the majority also felt that it might be a case where a pm to the requestor would be a good idea, just in case :)

Date Posted: 3/21/2009 4:33 PM ET
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I don't think the help files say anything in particular about the front and back covers except that they can't be ripped/torn more than a certain amount and that they must be firmly attached to the book. Writing on the page edges is OK, I know that.

I think it would be a gray area, depending on how much of the cover the writing obscures. I personally would be OK getting/sending a book with a little bit of pen writing on it. I would be very upset if I received a book where someone had scribbled all over the cover with crayon. So I would say its a judgement call based on how much writing there is.

Date Posted: 3/21/2009 4:45 PM ET
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I'll also say that my standards are a little lower for children's books.  For me, a "grey area" on a children's book would probably be fine with me whereas I'd be less happy about getting a "grey area" adult book (and wouldn't repost it here).