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Subject: Q about writing on title page
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 1:36 PM ET
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So I just recieved a book, and I'm not sure how to mark it.  It has what looks like a note from one friend to another (the book seems to have been a gift or something) on the title page.  I couldn't remember the rules about writing on non-text pages so I looked it up and found this:

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 two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent(the other is for cookbooks--see below).

I wasn't sure what a "flyleaf" was so I looked that up in the dictionary and it was defined as "one of the free endpapers of a book".  So, if I read this literally, you can have writing from an author (but not anyone other than the author) on the title page?  Seems like a strange distinction and I wonder if I'm misunderstanding.

I'm probably being overly nit-picky but (1) I'm a lawyer and it is in my blood to be nit-picky, and (2) I want to re-post this book when I'm done with it and I don't want to be stuck with a non-postable book that I paid a credit for. 

P.S. Besides the small amount of writing the book is totally fine, postability-wise.

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 1:57 PM ET
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  • 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

The only thing that seems definitive about the above is that writing of any kind on text pages is never okay.  If we want to get lawyerly (which is fun) we could argue that although it explicitly states that an author's signature is okay, it does not specifically state that, say, a personal note is not okay. The argument would be over how limited the first two statements are. I suppose we could argue either way, but I have a feeling the court of TBTB would come down on the side of postability as the writing is not on a text page.

To be safe, you could post it on the Book Bazaar.

edited because I cannot type today.



Last Edited on: 8/29/09 1:58 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 2:07 PM ET
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"I'm probably being overly nit-picky"

I'll second that - just let it go!

 

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 2:17 PM ET
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Although it may not fit the letter of the "law," I think it is perfectly postable under the spirit of the law.  The people who run PBS can't possibly delineate (sp?) all the possible ways a book can be postable or not postable, but I think TPTB would be OK with a note from a friend on the title page.  It's not underlining or notes in the story portion of the book, so I think it would be fine to repost, and I definitely would not mark it received with a problem. 



Last Edited on: 8/29/09 6:46 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 6:51 PM ET
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I'd say the book is postable.

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 8:39 PM ET
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I got a book a week or so ago that had some marker scribble on the very first page, what I've been told is a flyleaf, and everyone told me it was postable.  So, I would say what you got is perfectly fine.

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 8:57 PM ET
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with the postable camp

Subject: If the page is blank, than probably o.k.
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 11:58 PM ET
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My friend was in the book business and she says that if the page is blank than it is a flyleaf or inside the cover. So, I use this rule of thumb on my books. "Unless the page is blank, from the printer than no writing." Keeps me from guessing. An exception is the Authors who usually do sign the title page, just below their printed name. But this site does allow you to post questionable books in the forum. I believe your book is O.K. to repost. Blessing. David

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 12:36 AM ET
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If you are worried about re-postability,  keep a record of this specific topic and refer the next owner of the book to it if they have an issue :-)

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 2:11 PM ET
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Great idea Derrick!

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 7:45 AM ET
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Thanks guys!  Great idea, Derrick!!