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Subject: Question about Textbooks
Date Posted: 1/13/2009 5:57 PM ET
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I have several text books that I would like to post.  They were expensive and would be expensive for someone to buy used at the bookstore or online.  The question I have is this.  They have highlighting in them.  Not excessive but some.  So can I post them on my bookshelf or not??? 

thanks in advance for answers.


Date Posted: 1/13/2009 6:02 PM ET
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Yeap, you can post them. Textbooks are the exception to the highlighting rule.

Date Posted: 1/13/2009 6:07 PM ET
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From the PBS Help Center:


  • 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 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 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).
  • Date Posted: 1/13/2009 6:09 PM ET
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    You can post them but you must send a PM to the person who requested them and let them know about the highlighting.  They must Agree to accept the book with highlighting in it before you send.  If you don't do this you could be setting yourself up for them to mark it RWAP.  

    Date Posted: 1/13/2009 6:18 PM ET
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    You might want to include the imperitive tone in the Help Center line, something to the effect that, per the rules, they MUST respond to the PM in order for you to send the book.  That way you might not have to worry as much about not getting a response and having to let the request time out.  I find highlighting and marginalia in textbooks to be expected to a degree, and while you might find a requester who isn't aware of the rules it's more likely that the request will come with an understanding regarding the book's condition.

    I want to add a thanks to the OP for wanting to post these books.  As stated, textbooks can be expensive and it's a real break to find one here, which wouldn't happen if it weren't for generous members willing to post and mail them.

    Date Posted: 1/13/2009 6:44 PM ET
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    Yes - thank you for even considering posting textbooks! :)

    Subject: text book PM's....
    Date Posted: 1/14/2009 12:13 AM ET
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    Gosh, all the textbooks I have posted are almost all taken.  But I am sending everyone a PM telling them upfront that they are highlighted or writen in.  And asking that they PM me before I send them.  I just don't want someone marking - Book arrived but with a problem.  I had that happen when I had specifically PM'd someone and told them it was the same book but a different ISBN and they said it would not be a problem with them, and then they marked it _received with a problem-  i didn't know until today I could have done something about that.  I just don't want any black marks on my account when I am willing to share for free what I have spent a great deal of money on.  I am sure most of us feel that way.

    So How does the Help center thing work???????




    Date Posted: 1/14/2009 1:44 AM ET
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    There's a horizontal blue bar at the top of the page.  Right under it is are some gray menus, and one of them is the Help Center.  Have fun exploring it!  You can search for various help docs.  They're clearly written and comprehensive, and on just about any PBS subject you can imagine.  In this case, for example, if you type in "highlighting" as a seach term in the seach help docs window, you come up with Book Condition Guidelines, which is the document Marsha quoted from above, plus several others that mention highlighting.

    You can click on "ask the librarian", too, and there's some great info.

    Date Posted: 1/14/2009 2:17 AM ET
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    Date Posted: 1/14/2009 10:10 AM ET
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    If you PM the person w/the textbook's condition-give them a response date: If it's WL tell them you are going to send the book on X date if you don't hear from them.  Give them time to respond not everyone has access to internet everyday.  PBS will have a record of the PM and that the requestor ignored it.  If it's not a WL book-then say you are going to cancel the transaction and repost the book if you don't hear from them by a certain date-again giving them time to respond.  Then repost the book and let someone else grab it.