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Subject: Questions about posting cookbooks
Date Posted: 5/12/2009 11:51 PM ET
Member Since: 2/7/2009
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I just posted my first cookbook today, so I am a newbie to that particular genre and have a couple of questions...

I have a lot of those "local" type cookbooks, the ones that a church or school publishes and sells, after collecting favorite recipes from members, PTA moms, or whatever.  Obviously, they do not have ISBN numbers.  Can I post them, or not?  I am trying to make some room in my kitchen cabinets and don't want to throw them out; some of them have wonderful old family recipes.

Question #2:

I have a couple of HB cookbooks that are VERY heavy.  The cost of the postage makes me unwilling to post them.  How can I give these books away, without it costing me an arm and a leg.  Maybe offer them to people in my area, who would be willing to pick them up?  How about "Buy all my cookbooks and get a 5 pound monster free."

All suggestions are appreciated. 

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 11:59 AM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2006
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1. Yes! you can post the community cookbooks. Just have to enter them in manually. Condition of the book has to meet pbs guidelines - if it does have any cooking stains - you have to pm the person who wants it to make sure it's ok with them. see here for more details: http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/search.php?terms=condition+of+books

2. You can post a "deal" in the bazaar for the heavy books. The buy so many books off my shelf and get this free would work. Else, you could list it on your local freecycle or craigslist  or give to a local thrift if you're just wanting to give it away.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 5/13/2009 1:56 PM ET
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I've posted those type of cookbooks before, Carlene. I just entered them manually (enter a book without an ISBN) and they were snatched up quickly!  I think I had something in my signature line about them and they all went very quickly.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 3:15 PM ET
Member Since: 11/28/2007
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Good Questions Carlene! I'm glad to know the answers, I have a couple of those types of cookbooks in my pantry I need to get rid of!

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 4:30 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
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I have mailed out large, heavy cookbooks before, and it is really not that expensive.  You can see the media mail prices here: http://www.usps.com/prices/media-mail-prices.htm

A 5 pound book would cost less than $4 to mail, and a book would have to be 8 pounds to cost more than $5.