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Subject: Is Received Book Unpostable?
Date Posted: 7/17/2012 10:23 AM ET
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I just got a book where the place where the front cover meets the binding is torn about an inch or so and several pages are starting to seperate from the binding as a result. Does this break the intact bindng rule making the book unpostable?

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 11:20 AM ET
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Elizabeth.....I would say yes that this book is no longer postable.

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 1:24 PM ET
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IIRC the cover is allowed to have a tear or cut up to 1 1/2 inch and still be postable. 

The pages may be a different matter.  To clarify, are the pages starting to detach individually or in that bound clump?

Date Posted: 7/17/2012 1:47 PM ET
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Unpostable - pages coming loose and rip is over 1 inch -


  • 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: 7/17/2012 7:41 PM ET
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The tear in the cover is under an inch, about 3/4 of one (I just measured) but the pages are individually seperating from the book because of the location on the tear. I was thinking that violates the pages thing because they're starting to come loose from the book and are no longer tightly bound.
Date Posted: 7/17/2012 9:35 PM ET
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I think its postable.. That's a common place for books to rip. And rips can be up to an inch. I don't really think the pages are coming loose, from that rip. I understand that rule to pertain more to pages falling out of the book from spine damage or bad glue or whatever other problem causes pages to fall out. You can probably tape it and make the book postable.

Last Edited on: 7/17/12 9:36 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/20/2012 4:44 PM ET
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I wouldn't post it. That's a book just screaming " RWAP me!"