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Subject: Is this postable?
Date Posted: 12/5/2009 11:45 AM ET
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I have a book that I  purchased at a FOL sale.  The book has several blank pages in the back that are labeled "Notes".  The previous owner wrote a few notes on one of those pages. Other than that the book looks brand new.  I know that writing is not allowed on text pages, but these pages are specifically put there for readers to write notes.   I'm not sure if this is postable. It seems like a gray area.  Any thoughts?


Last Edited on: 12/5/09 12:17 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/5/2009 12:29 PM ET
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I don't see anything grey about it.  If the writing isn't on text pages, it's postable.  I would just send it on off when requested.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 12:54 PM ET
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I think it may depend on what kind of book it is.  Is this something that could be called a "workbook", i.e. a diet book, or something to do with journaling where note taking is in some way integral to the book?  If so, you should take a look at the textbook exception in the Posting Guidelines.  You can offer it to someone, PM them about the writing and give them the opton to accept or decline.

If it is just a regular book with a notes section, I agree with Cozy.  You can just send.  But, if you feel at all uncomfortable doing so, you can try offering it as a freebie, or if it's a WL book, in the Book Bazaar.

BTW - it looks like there is a new Travel Book exception.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 9:38 PM ET
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If you're uncertain, consider it a workbook and use the textbook posting guidelines...should be suitable if there's pages specifically set aside for notes :-) 

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 10:29 PM ET
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I would agree with Denise about following the Textbook/Workbook rules.  If the book intentionally gives you a section for notes and that's been written in, I would say it falls under those rules and that would require a PM to the receiver and an acceptance from them before sending it.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 12:57 AM ET
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I know that it feels weird to those of us who know that writing in a book makes it unpostable.  Even when there are exceptions.  I have a couple of books that were presents from my mom  and she always puts her name and address and our names and addresses on the backside of the cover.  Very annoying and makes me worry every time I post one.  I've considered using larger bookplates (stickers) to cover them up.  But I can't get out and shop for them, so they go as is (I black the info out with a Sharpie.)  In your case, I would agree that ifit fits the workbook category, use those rules and notify themfirst.  I tend to notify when the Wishlist hold first shows up, and I can PM them in advance with the info so that shipping out time isn't affected.


Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 12/6/2009 9:27 AM ET
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If it's not a workbook, I'd list it, then PM any requestor before I sent it, explaining there are blank pages with writing, and seeing if they were OK with it.