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Subject: Are these postable? (with pictures)
Date Posted: 3/7/2014 2:11 AM ET
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I have a few books that seem to fall in a bit of a grey area, at least, I couldn't find anything in the condition guidelines about these particular cases: (Pictures here)

1) A book with a stray mark in pink pen on the front cover. I know we aren't allowed to post books with writing on the text pages, but I'm unsure about the covers.

2) Similar to #1, I have a book with what looks like blue crayon on the title page and the previous page.

3) A tear between the cover and the binding that affects only the outer layer (binding itself is still intact).

4) Is this book considered a cookbook? It's mostly recipes and has a small food stain that soaks through some pages like someone tried to make a recipe out of it and spilled: South Beach Diet

I appreciate any feedback and opinions, thanks!

Date Posted: 3/7/2014 4:11 AM ET
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1. pink on cover, postable.

2. small amount of blue crayon on non text pages, postable.

3. the cover can be ripped less than 1 inch and still be postable. So, technically, it's postable, but if it was me, I probably wouldn't post it just given that the book looks pretty worn. (I may let one gray area slide, but a gray area on a worn book, I probably wouldn't post unless it was a rare book or something, Or if a book has 2 or 3 gray areas all in the same book, I probably wouldn't post that either.).

4. If it has recipes, it's a cookbook. You would need to PM anybody who requested it and describes the stains, and get their OK before sending it.

Last Edited on: 3/7/14 4:17 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/7/2014 11:09 AM ET
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Awesome, thank you so much for the advice! I will be adding book #3 to my unpostable list, especially since it's so small and light. The other books are like-new aside from the obvious damage.

Date Posted: 3/7/2014 3:37 PM ET
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What Sara said yes

Date Posted: 3/7/2014 4:08 PM ET
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For #2 (the one with Debbie's name underlined), because the writing is on a page with text on it, you should follow the Textbook exception and PM the requester and get their OK before sending.

#3 I would disagree with Sara. It looks like normal fraying of the spine to me (which is specifically stated as postable). There are going to be thousands of other copies of the book in the system though, so if you don't want to book sitting around forever you may want to find another outlet.

Date Posted: 3/7/2014 5:44 PM ET
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Honestly, I think #3 can be repaired with some white glue or archival safe glue between the paper layers and the peeling would be gone. But I agree with Melanie, it looks like normal fraying. Maybe more beat up than some members would want, if they have an RC, but postable.