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Subject: No small print?
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 11:48 AM ET
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I got an RC today (I plan on declining just because it sounds kind of picky and I don't want to risk it) and one of the conditions is "no small print books."  Is that supposed to mean they want large print only?  Maybe I've just never heard "small print"!

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 11:50 AM ET
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http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/miniatures/   :-)

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Date Posted: 11/22/2008 12:19 PM ET
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I got an error page from the University of Indiana from that link...is it a joke?  That RC does sound a little strange.  All large print books I have seen had a separate ISBN, so they could be requested that way.  On the other hand, what is small print.  10-point font?  Do I need to get a set of calipers out?

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 1:38 PM ET
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I've noticed that the print in some mass market Paperbacks are smaller than in the trade size.  This has become a problem with my increasing age.  I see a large magnifying glass in my future.  But, yes, the smaller print does exist - probably helps the publisher use fewer pages.  But an RC for that would be problematic without some way of measurement or font/size given or available.

Ruth

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 1:40 PM ET
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They could do an RC for MMPB's with no more than XX lines per page, but I can't imagine too many people would be willing to go count how many lines there are per page in thier books. 

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 2:46 PM ET
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The URL somehow got a backslash and two spaces appended, which seems to throw things off. 

Try www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/miniatures

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 3:06 PM ET
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Some of the older print books I have are really really small type size. I would read it as not wanting that. If the book isn't listed in the system as a Large Print book and the font size isn't overly small, I'd send it and PM them that they need a clearer RC defining what small print is to them.C

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 3:37 PM ET
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Thanks for the input - I have noticed that some books seem to have smaller print, but the way they worded this just isn't very clear!  I'm going to go ahead and decline it anyway for other reasons also.

Haha, I don't think I'd want to read those "small" print books either!  Funny!

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 7:24 PM ET
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I wouldn't accept unless I knew it was a large print book.  It's just too vague.  What's perfectly readable to me might be too small for them. In my decline I would politely say that the conditions are too vague and they need to clarify them.  It's like the "no smell" ones.  All books have a smell of some sort. Too vague.

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 9:09 PM ET
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I think I'd have to decline also.  Some books have much larger print than others - some are listed as LARGE Print, some LARGER print (not as big as LARGE print) and some are just 'regular' print, but I've noticed that some books the regular print is smaller in some books than others.

Someone suggested saying books with no more than so many lines - I'd be declining that one also as I'm not about to count the number of lines on a page. LOL  Pat

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Date Posted: 11/22/2008 10:06 PM ET
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Just a general question regarding RCs (as I have not had one yet)...is there a way to PM them if something is vague or if you need further clarification BEFORE you decline?

Date Posted: 11/22/2008 10:48 PM ET
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No Courtney, not unless they put their username in the RC. There is not a PM button until after the request is accepted.

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 8:38 AM ET
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Ashley, I think I got a book request yesterday from the same person, I also declined because the book requested was a large mass market paperback with print that was fairly small.  I don't know how anyone is supposed to know how small is TOO small.  There were several other conditions as well but the small print one made me decline. 

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 1:32 PM ET
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Thank you Melanie!

Date Posted: 11/23/2008 5:07 PM ET
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I don't know how anyone is supposed to know how small is TOO small.

 

That's what I was wondering.  I'm finding that, even for myself, what's "too small" is changing -- almost daily.  :-D