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Subject: Is this postable?
Date Posted: 6/19/2009 8:35 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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I received two paperbacks today that have the top right corner of the book cut off.

They were used by scissors to cut the corner.

Here is a picture of the cut. http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c229/fhl_stables/book.jpg

Are these two books even postable? I got them through a special but I like to have all my books postable and want to make sure.

Date Posted: 6/19/2009 8:38 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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THey look it.  The tear or cut has to be less than 1" to be postable.  Some used book stores do that.  Why they can't use a stamp, I don't know.

Date Posted: 6/19/2009 8:41 PM ET
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  • Must both be present (front and back)
    • note that a paperback missing its front cover is  usually an illegal, unsold copy
    • "cover" does not = dust jacket.  Hardcovers do not need to include their dust jackets to be swapped here.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • Cover not torn or chewed/gnawed
    • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 inch, this is OKAY
    • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed" above.  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • A bookplate inside the cover or on the flyleaf is OKAY
Date Posted: 6/19/2009 8:44 PM ET
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Thank you SO much! I forgot about that one part about book stores cutting them. I don't see that very often so was unsure.

Good to know!

Yeah Mary you'd think they'd just do some stickers instead.

Date Posted: 6/19/2009 9:45 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Yeah, I see that some here in Memphis. Always amazes me that book stores would deface their own books, but some folks really just see working in a bookstore as a job, not a calling. I love books and would be very upset if I worked in a bookstore and found that they were doing this.

Date Posted: 6/19/2009 10:30 PM ET
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 I feel ya on that Tim.