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Subject: Rules...
Date Posted: 10/6/2010 8:08 PM ET
Member Since: 10/5/2010
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I'm new here and I went through all these pages on the forums to see what can be posted and what can't be posted. I'm not sure if I just missed it somewhere but all I found was the followings:

1) Magazines can't be posted due to advertisements.
2) A topic that have books reported that are not allowed on here and coloring books are on the list.

I'm a little lost on these and have questions about it:

1) Textbooks can be posted but have to send PM to receiver if there's highlighting in them?
2) Can you post music books? Meaning if I took piano/violin lessons a few years back and have no use for the books anymore, can I post those up?
3) I understand that books are exchange and books are not new. But on the page after you put in all the info and you click post, it asked if the post is according to guidelines which it states in the messege that popped up that books are not to have any writings and highlightings in them?

What are considered allowed and not allowed?

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 8:10 PM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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That is a lot of questions to answer at once.  Might I suggest you go to the top of the page and read The Help Center.  It will tell you sooooo much more than these forums ever could.  Then come back and ask us about those things that are not completely clear.  Hope this helps.

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 8:14 PM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2007
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Here are links to the Help Documents that Cozi is referring to:

What can be posted here?

Book Condition

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 8:24 PM ET
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Ok, found it. Thanks for the links Mary. I'm still lost about the Music books though. Would they be considered workbooks?

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 8:27 PM ET
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I don't think they are considered workbooks.  However, if they've been written in, you need to contact the requester and get their permission to send it with the writing.

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 8:28 PM ET
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Thanks for the help.

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 9:56 PM ET
Member Since: 3/8/2009
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Be sure you see the part in this help document What can be posted here? that defines a book as having more than 50 pages, excluding children's books.  So it sounds like your music books would need to have at least 50 pages to be posted.

Good luck, and Welcome!

Date Posted: 10/6/2010 11:35 PM ET
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If the music books come with supplementary material, i.e. cd's, they must be included.

Date Posted: 10/7/2010 12:27 AM ET
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Welcome to PBS Yenkong!

Date Posted: 10/7/2010 8:17 AM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2010
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Music books are books, and they can be posted even if they are short, IF they have ISBNs, or IF they are children's books, which many music books are. I've sent out a number of music books myself - yes, checking through PM before sending if there are markings in them, which there often are.



Pamphlets/Booklets/leaflets without ISBNs: NO

  • These sometimes contain advertising; members also complain at having to pay a credit for these.
  • Leaflets = non-children's books with less than 20 pages
  • Booklets = non-children's books with less than 50 pages
  • Leaflet/pamphlets/booklets with ISBNs may be posted
    • if so, the number of pages must be included in the item description.
  • Children's books do not count as booklets or leaflets, even if they are short.
    • Children's books can be expected to have short pagelengths and the booklet/leaflet designations do not apply.
Subject: Music books are OK
Date Posted: 10/8/2010 12:44 AM ET
Member Since: 9/2/2007
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When I first joined PBS, I also had several music books I was no longer using.  I contacted PBS Support, and they said they were fine to list.  But if they have any notations or markings in them, accept the request then PM the other person to let them know, offering an option to cancel the request.  (My music books had many notations that were made as I was learning/practicing/etc.)