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Subject: Question regarding age of book
Date Posted: 1/30/2011 7:26 PM ET
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Yesterday, I got an email saying that one of my WL books was available, and I ordered the book.

This morning when I checked my email, I saw that I had a PM regarding this WL book.  The sender said this:

"I noticed that you have some restrictions as to what books you'll accept. This book has not been in a smoking environment or near any oils or perfumes. It is, however, a fairly old edition- it's certainly a vintage copy. The pages are yellowed somewhat. I wanted to make you aware of this before shipping the book. Feel free to cancel your request if this is not okay."

I replied this:

"The yellowing is normal and postable according to PBS, so I'll accept that. As far as the age of the book, as long as it isn't so old that it is brittle and falls apart, I'll accept it."
This afternoon, I received an email from PBS saying that the sender could not mail the book "because it is too old".  She also sent a PM saying the following:
"It is quite old. I think it would be best if you looked for another copy."
My question is this:  If a book is so old that it is brittle and may fall apart or is already falling apart, is the book not postable?
Date Posted: 1/30/2011 7:50 PM ET
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My thoughts are (depending on HOW old the book is.) that she's afraid that it might not stand the rigors of going through the postal system.  Pat

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 8:46 PM ET
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Well, all books are postable as long as they meet the criteria.  Old is OK, falling apart before you mail it is not.

I would certainly post old books that are still postable, especially if they are Wish Listed, which usually means in the case of old books, that they are probably out of print and hard to find.

I would also guess that she is either afraid it might not make it thru the mail, or she thinks that you might think it is too old. A lot of people seem to be a little wary of posting books to RC requests because they think those people are extra picky. (I don't think this myself ... but I see it said all the time on the forums).

In any case ... don't cancel the request. If you do, you will be removed off the WL. If she clicks on Cannot Mail, she can repost the book, decline your RC, and her book will be offered to the next wisher.

 

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 8:52 PM ET
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Pat, I thought of mentioning to the sender that if she didn't think the book would make it through the mail, then not to worry about sending it.  But I didn't. 

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 8:55 PM ET
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Sara, I didn't cancel the request; the sender did.  According to the email from PBS, I've been put back in my position at the top of the WL line, and my credit has been refunded.

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 4:21 PM ET
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Becky - I purchased a book from B&N one year for my grandson.  Got it home, opened it and the cover (hardback) separated from the book.  Took it back, and they had to go through 3 more books before they found one that didn't separate upon opening the book.  He said it had to do with weather (it was cold), and the fact that they aren't making books like they used to, so that's what she might have been afraid of with an old book.  Pat