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Subject: Postable question. Help please.
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 2:38 AM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2009
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I have a popular book that has an 800 # and what looks like possibly a utility account and amount due jotted down on the first page.  But it is a review page and the back is blank where the pen writing is.  On the 2nd page just opposite from this writing are 3 numbers (also not covering any text).

No text is covered at all.  Is this book postable?  Other than the pen marks the book is in fine condition - no odors, water marks, excessive spine wear etc...


Thank you all in advance!  This is the first time I've been unsure and I would hate to send out an unpostable book.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 5:08 AM ET
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This sounds like it fits into the category with autographs and book store stamps.  Which would make it postable.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 8:28 AM ET
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Lindsay, here are the posting guidelines regarding writing in a book. If there is writing on a text page (even if it is not covering text) it would not be postable unless it is one of the exceptions below. I could not tell from your description if the second page was a text page or not.

No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages

  • a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY
  • an author's signature on the title page is OKAY
  • writing or highlighting or underlining on the text pages is NOT OKAY
    • Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing
      • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
      • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
      • This is the one of the ONLY three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for travel guidebooks and cookbooks--see below).
    • Exception: if it is a travel guide (not a picture book but a guide, such as Fodor's or Lonely Planet), some writing on text pages could be expected.  All maps must be present and included with the book - if detachable it is OK if they are detached, but they must not be missing.
      • if you post a travel guide that has writing in it, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
      • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM before the book is sent
      • This is the one of the ONLY three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for textbooks/workbooks and cookbooks--see above and below).


Last Edited on: 12/4/09 8:29 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 8:43 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If it's a WL book I would offer it in the BB and explain about the writing.  THen they'll know ahead of time. I wouldn't bother with a non-WL books.

But really it's postable and you don't need to PM anyone before you mail it out. 

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 10:12 AM ET
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Sounds postable to me.

Date Posted: 12/4/2009 10:49 AM ET
Member Since: 10/24/2009
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Thank you very much everyone!