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Subject: Prob. Not Postable but Wish Listed
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 2:30 AM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2009
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The condition of the cover may render my book unpostable. The back cover has a crack which became a tear almost top to bottom, which has been repaired with acid free tape. Because the book was printed many years ago some of the pages have some warping, perhaps from absorbing moisture in the air, but no water damage and no separation from the covers. I found it on the member wish list. The esoteric topic would probably mean it ended in the trash pile at the end of a charity book sale so I'd love for someone get this book who actually wants it. What to do?
Date Posted: 2/3/2009 6:48 AM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2005
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You can go to the Book Bazaar forum and look for the post titled something like "Unpostable wish listed books" and do a deal for the book. If it's unpostable, you can't ask for a credit for it, but you could offer it up as a freebie if someone places another order from your bookshelf.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 10:32 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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Jane--

You could also put a note in your profile and/or your forums signature that you have an unpostable copy of it, available free with any order from your shelf.

Even though it is wishlisted, please don't post it and then PM the member to say "the book has XYZ damage -- do you still want it?".  Not that you would do such a thing, but some do, and it is both extremely frustrating to members and against PBS rules :-)

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 2/3/2009 10:49 PM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2009
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What is the book?

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 12:04 AM ET
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See, I'd be perfectly happy to get that book--it's the content I care about, not whether the cover looks pretty.  And if it's wishlisted, then someone really wants it.

I don't know if this is OK here, but could you put a tag on the listing saying " PM X for unpostable copy" to let people who want the book know to get in touch with you?

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 1:05 AM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Or go to the genre forum for that book and post the same - that you have it as an unpostable.  I'm not sure how much the genre forums get in the way of activity.  I check the ones I'm interested in periodically, but they all seem weeks if not months behind.  I find that sad. 

Ruth

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 2:16 AM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2009
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The book Is Gregory Bateson's Steps to an Ecology of Mind. The inside blurb says "Here is the book which develops a new way of thinking about the nature of order and organization in living systems, a unified body of theory so encompassing that it illuminates all particular areas of study of biology and behavior. It is interdisciplinary, not in the usual and simple sense of exchanging information across lines of discipline, but in discovering patterns common to many disciplines." Rather dense going but the ideas in it are brilliant. I guess I'll put it in my profile and signature line and offer it with a book ordered from my posted list.
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 12:45 PM ET
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Victoria, just because you would be happy to get the book in that condition, does not mean that the person who is #1 in line for that wish list would. I've had the same wish list book come to me damaged twice. It was very disappointing, even though I can still read one of the copies, I always wonder what was spilled on it and don't really want to touch it. I think the other copy is growing mold and I've been meaning to throw it away. This is exactly why condition guidelines are so important, what one person would be satisfied with, another may not. There needs to be some kind of standard to go by.
Date Posted: 2/4/2009 2:39 PM ET
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Well, there's a difference between mold and a piece of tape on a cover.  I just think the requirements are too rigid in some respects and I'd hate to think they are keeping me from reading a book I really want to read. 

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 3:34 PM ET
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I get what you are saying, and I agree there is a difference, but both issues would render a book unpostable. Credits here have a value of over three dollars (that's what they cost in the kiosk), if I saw a book at a thrift store that was ripped and neatly repaired I might pay that much for it (if I really wanted it), but another person may not. With the way this site works there has to be some kind of general standard for it to function. Other sites work differently and thus do not need to be so strict. If content is what is important to you you should check out the bazaar for unpostables that people are offering free with an order from their shelves, that way you wont be missing out.  :-)