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Subject: Postable ? or Unpostable?
Date Posted: 7/7/2016 8:25 AM ET
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I am reading a fat paperback , "Blind Man's Bluff" (about submarine espionage) and it starts to repeat itself. I look at the page numbers and the book has extra pages. Pages 69 - 100 repeat themselves. I paperclipped the redundant pages . Does this make the book unpostable ?

Date Posted: 7/7/2016 8:41 AM ET
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I don't know if there is a rules that covers this but I think if all the pages are there it wouldn't bother me to receive such a book. These type of flaws are more common than people think.

Date Posted: 7/7/2016 9:40 AM ET
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I second what Charles said.

Date Posted: 7/7/2016 3:05 PM ET
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Many times if it's a newer edition you can contact the publisher and they will get you a better copy. They are usually aware of this type of thing as it usually effects more than one copy in a print run and they will know just what you're talking about. I don't know if they would be able to help you out  with an older book though.

That said, if it's 'extra' pages versus 'missing' pages it's still readable and postable here.Sometimes during the binding process the gatherings/signatures (that's the sets of pages that are folded and bound into the spine block) will be doubled up with two inserted or they can be switched around or left out.

Date Posted: 7/7/2016 5:43 PM ET
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We have had this discussion before about 'printing errors'. Even smears  and ink blotches where the print was still readable were said to be 'postable'.  

 I think extra pages will be no problem.....it's missing pages that tick people off.

Date Posted: 7/7/2016 6:09 PM ET
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I had gotten a book like that before but the repeated part was upside down....I cant remember what I did ,but as I'm always careful of what I post ,what I always say to myself " when in doubt " offer as an unpostable. Kinda like when I start to make dinner and the meat dont look right I say " when in doubt , throw it out......lol

and its not your fault and no pages are missing. probably okay to send.




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Date Posted: 7/7/2016 8:33 PM ET
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I have always heard that a publisher will replace a book with that kind of error if the book is still in print, so I would probably go that route. I would think, however, as long as the book was intact (has all pages, just with a repeated section, nothing missing) it would be postable.

Date Posted: 7/8/2016 11:32 AM ET
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Yes, as long as nothing is missing, it's postable.

I might think about putting a note on or in the book (with post-it or somethign like that) that explains the issue so the next person knows what to expect.

Date Posted: 7/8/2016 7:43 PM ET
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It is from 1999 and there are 64 copies in the system . I try to just post books with less than 5 copies.

Date Posted: 7/8/2016 8:46 PM ET
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Since there's so many copies of it in the system already, I wouldn't post it.  I'd either trade it in at a used bookstore or donate it.  You can also put in a paper recycle bin.

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Date Posted: 7/8/2016 11:14 PM ET
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I once had a hardcover book with duplicate pages, but with the same amount of pages missing. I got the book second hand, and searched out the publisher on the Web. I contacted them and explained the situation. They came back the next day, apologizing and offered to send me a new copy if I provided my address. I thought this was very nice of them, especially as they were in Britain! But then the Brits have a reputation for good manners. Took about two weeks to get here, and I thanked them again after it arrived.