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Subject: Small question about requestion conditions
Date Posted: 6/13/2008 7:39 PM ET
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So I went on a thrift store spree this morning and picked up a bunch of hard backed books that looked to be in pretty decent (read-almost new) but I was just looking at a couple of them, and the edges of the book (you know, on the outside when the book is closed?) are a bit dirty.

The insides are PERFECT, it's just the outside, is it still postable?

I read the FAQ, and it said no staining, but I assumed it meant on the inside, was I wrong to assume that? lol

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 7:42 PM ET
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Are you talking about the covers or pages?

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 7:48 PM ET
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the very outside of the pages, like you only see the dirt if you close the book and look at the sides/top/bottom. I checked the inside and like I said, it's perfectly fine inside.

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 8:01 PM ET
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How old are the books?  If they're older and what looks like dirt is like brown speckling all over the edges it could be foxing ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxing ).  I've always hesitated with books that look questionable even when it's just when the book is closed, but I've never been sure about the rules.

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 8:09 PM ET
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there are a couple specks of foxxing, but it's really mostly dirt.

I don't know how old they are exactly, I got them from the thrift store today, but the books where released around 01'-02'.

Besides the slight dirty ness, they are in very good condition, so they where either cared for or are newish

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 8:19 PM ET
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I think if it is just dust or dirt from someone's hands it would be OK, but if it is some kind of stain then you can't post it.  Remainder marks (a black line on the edge) are acceptable. 

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 8:25 PM ET
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Based on the book condition guidelines for pages, it looks as though your books would be fine...

 

Pages:

  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed".  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • No loose or missing text pages
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • No writing or highlighting or underlining on text pages
    • a signature or note on the flyleaf or inside front or back cover is OKAY
    • an author's signature on the title page is OKAY
    • writing or highlighting on the text pages is NOT OKAY
      • Exception: if it is a textbook or workbook, these are expected to have highlighting/underlining/writing
        • if you post a textbook/workbook, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
        • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO before the book is sent
        • This is the one of the ONLY two cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent(the other is for cookbooks--see below).
  • No staining



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Date Posted: 6/13/2008 8:27 PM ET
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Based on the book condition guidelines for pages, it looks as though your books would be fine...

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Ok, so I'll post them, and before I mail them out I'll talk to the requester, maybe send some pictures.

 

Thanks you guys!

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 10:16 PM ET
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Sometimes on paperbacks you can take a piece of fine sand paper and place it on a block of wood, run it over the page edges to remove some of the dirt. I'm not sure about a hardcover book though.  

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 2:03 AM ET
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you can also try rubbing a pencil eraser lightly over the marks. That has worked for me several times.
Date Posted: 6/14/2008 11:05 AM ET
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I've used an emory board before, but you've got to be careful that you don't end up disturbing the edges too much or they'll begin to fray and overlap which can become unsightly and cause for difficult page-turning.

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 1:05 PM ET
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What I do is put the book on the edge of a table so the page edges are firm, slide the page edges to the front of the table edge and sand. I never had a problem with a paperback.  It takes of light dirt but usually doesn't work for stains.