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Subject: To RWAP or not to RWAP
Date Posted: 1/20/2010 10:54 AM ET
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that is the question....

I just received a book that has been on my wishlist for about 6 months,  and am on the fence about what to do.

Overall, the book is in very good shape.  No spine creases,  pages inside are pristine,  the top and bottom have the usual shelf wear of a well read book. 

BUT,  the first 6 pages have some of the top right corner missing (widest part is 1/4 of an inch).   At first glance I thought it might be "gnawed/chewed" and that would make it non-postable.  Looking closer, it looks like the pages were originally (possibly) stuck together and then separated -- thus resulting in the missing section.   There is no sign of water damage,  and the edges of the paper around the missing section are slightly frayed - but only noticeable on the first 2 pages really.  There are no stains/dirt at all, and it almost looks like it could be something that happened during the manufacturing process.

Personally,  I don't see it as a big deal and the book is in great condition otherwise and readable.   But this is my first time of running into a possible  non-postable book,  and am just looking for some opinions on whether or not this is an acceptable and postable book.

Thanks in advance for all/any advice and thoughts!  :)

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 11:30 AM ET
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Since it looks like it could have happened during the manufacturing of the book, I wouldn't RWAP.

Subject: Printing damage
Date Posted: 1/20/2010 4:44 PM ET
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I have bought half a dozen NEW paperback books in the past 2 years that had one corner of several pages stuck together. I can see how someone may have "fixed" them by snipping off the corner so they could read those pages.

In DEC  I actually bought a new hardcover book that had damage to a single page-- a perfect circle about the size of a holepunch in the middle of one page in the middle of the book.  The circle had a small brown halo around it like a burn mark, almost like someone had been smoking and dropped ash on it???  There was no ash in the crease of the book, but that's what it looked like.  It was a WL book that I had hoped to post after reading, but can't.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 4:46 PM ET
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I agree, no RWAP. I think its postable.

Every once in a while I buy a book that has a page or two not cut properly (either still folded and not cut at all, or page got turned under somehow and wasn't cut to size.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 5:26 PM ET
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I wouldn't RWAP either. I've seen a lot of instances of manufacturing problems lately - the pages are uncut, or a few pages are either slightly  bigger or not as far into the binding, a folded corner that when unfolded is much larger than the book, and a book I just ordered new from Amazon had a defect in the paper of one page, a wide light grey stripe from top to bottom.  

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 6:42 PM ET
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I bought a brand new book a few months ago where some of the binding glue had been dripped on the top of the book.  I'd had it TBR for awhile, so I'd forgotten where I had bought it, else I would have taken it back.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 8:18 PM ET
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My RWAP self-question is, do I want to own this book? I mean, if it might be 'techniquelly' unpostable, I am still not going to RWAP a book that makes me happy. otherwise, people will just get pickier to the point of too picky and careful, about what they post, and less books will be avialable. Do you want this book to have been avialable on PBS, or was it's condition such that you have to answer that question a no?

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 10:02 AM ET
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Thanks for all the responses, I really appreciate it! 

My RWAP self-question is, do I want to own this book? I mean, if it might be 'techniquelly' unpostable, I am still not going to RWAP a book that makes me happy. otherwise, people will just get pickier to the point of too picky and careful, about what they post, and less books will be avialable. Do you want this book to have been avialable on PBS, or was it's condition such that you have to answer that question a no?

I hear what you are saying Latricia,  and I do the same thing to a certain extent.   This is a book I will read and then put back in the system,  and I just wanted some feedback on whether or not it would be postable here.   To me,  this book is a clean and well kept copy that happens to have a slight flaw.  In my mind it is postable,  so I am happy to pass it on and share it with PBS and the long list of people wishing for this book.  :)

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 12:42 PM ET
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I would join the "postable" crowd, since it sounds like an error with the printer.  Depending on how bad it was, I might offer it in the book Bazaar.  I always err on the side of caution.

When I bought the final Harry Potter book, the pages were like that.  It was a keeper for me, so it didn't matter.

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 12:44 PM ET
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I mean, if it might be 'techniquelly' unpostable, I am still not going to RWAP a book that makes me happy. otherwise, people will just get pickier to the point of too picky and careful, about what they post, and less books will be avialable. Do you want this book to have been avialable on PBS, or was it's condition such that you have to answer that question a no?

Well stated.  Many of the books on my WL are old (30+ years) and out of print, and I want the book.  If I'd received a 1990s book in that condition, I'd consider it unpostable, or at best borderline so, and I wouldn't post it again myself.  But when I get a 1968 OOP paperback, well worn, bottom inside cover tearing at the spine a little more than the permissible 1 inch--no way do I mark that RWAP.  I thank my lucky stars someone was finally willing to let it go, grab my roll of packing tape, slap a piece of tape over the spine and around the edges to prevent any additional tearing, and settle down to read the book.  Often these are books I read decades ago, but didn't own, and I've been looking for them for years, so I would not put them back into the system anyway.  It's only when I wouldn't want to keep the book, that it becomes an issue.  In that case, I offer it in the bazaar as part of a deal.



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