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Subject: RWAP or not?
Date Posted: 7/22/2011 1:15 PM ET
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I am collecting a certain series of books in hardcover editions and therefore I have an RC for them to have the dust jacket included. Today I received one of them that I KNOW I had my RC turned on (since I don't turn it on for anything else), and the book is in PRISTINE condition - except...it has an absolutely DISGUSTING stain that runs for about 2 inches down the middle of the dust jacket. It looks like a food stain (dried peanut butter maybe?). I've been trying to remove it for about half an hour now with no luck so far.

Since I have an RC for dust jackets, can I RWAP due to the poor condition of the dust jacket? I'm really disappointed since this was the only hardcover edition of this particular book in the system. I wouldn't RWAP it if I could get it clean, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen.

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 1:26 PM ET
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In your RC, did you specify what condition the dust jacket needs to be in?

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 1:32 PM ET
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I don't know the answer, but that's just the first thing that came to mind.  I'm sure someone will know.

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 1:35 PM ET
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You can double check if your RC was turned on when you mark the book received (or RWAP). Under the 'books enroute to me' tab, there will be a little message below the book that will show you the RC.

If you have an RC requiring the dust jacket, it must meet the same conditions as required for the cover of a book.

Dust Jacket:

  • The DUST JACKET (this is not the same as the cover of a book) does not have to be included with a book at all, unless the requestor had this in their Requestor Conditions. 
  • So DUST JACKET condition cannot be considered as part of the condition of a book, unless there were Requestor Conditions on the request specifying that the dust jacket be included.
  • If the Dust Jacket was to be included as specified in the Requestor Conditions on the request, the Dust Jacket must meet the same conditions as defined for the cover, below.


  • Must both be present (front and back)
    • note that a paperback missing its front cover is  usually an illegal, unsold copy
    • "cover" does not = dust jacket.  Hardcovers do not need to include their dust jackets to be swapped here.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • Cover not torn or chewed/gnawed
    • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 square inch, this is OKAY
    • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed" above.  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • A bookplate inside the cover or on the flyleaf is OKAY





Date Posted: 7/22/2011 1:37 PM ET
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Bren, I've had some success with using a dry magic eraser (Mr. Clean is the brand I used) on cleaning books. I'm not sure about peanut butter because of the oil soaking into the jacket.

Date Posted: 7/22/2011 2:05 PM ET
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What Lsressler said.  Double check to make sure your RC was turned on for the transaction, if not the condition of the dust jacket does not matter because it is not required under PBS 'swappability' rules.

If your dust jacket RC was turned on, the book is a RWAP.  In this case the dust jacket must be in postable condition...and a stain is not postable.  The oils in peanut butter/food would absorb into the paper and cannot be removed, I'm surprised it didn't transfer into the book cover also.

From the Help documents: 

Overall Condition:

  • No damage at all from water or other liquid
  • Not soiled
  • No stains (exception for cookbooks--see below)
  • No mold
  • no highlighting, underlining or writing on text pages (exception for Textbooks/Workbooks and travel guidebooks --see below)


BTW - did I read somewhere that some publishers have replacement dust jackets available???

Last Edited on: 7/22/11 2:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 1