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Subject: textbook?
Date Posted: 8/16/2007 1:07 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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What would you all consider a textbook?  I have a book that I had to read for a class.  It's called Secrets for a Successful Dissertation - so obviously, this is not just a book that you would order to read for fun.  But, it's not a textbook in the traditional sense - it's got a soft cover and is just a little bit larger than a standard paperback.

The reason I ask is because there is some highlighting in it, which is postable if this is a textbook.  But is it?  I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts.

Thanks!

Angie -
Date Posted: 8/16/2007 1:13 PM ET
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Yikes, I think that is borderline and could easily go either way in my opinion. I can definitely see how many people would need it for a class, and I know I wouldn't mind highlighting in a book like that. The hardcover edition has one member wishing...I'd have to strongly consider posting it and PM'ing the requestor if I were you.  Considering it is selling for 10-40+ dollars on half.com, I think most people would be delighted to accept it. And if you don't want to risk posting it here, you could always resell it.

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 1:24 PM ET
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You wouldn't want to post it using the hardcover ISBN!!!  If you post your pb, the wisher for the HC will get an alert email.

It sounds textbookish to me, Lisa.  And the price angie cites on half.com makes it sound even more textbookish. :)

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 1:28 PM ET
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Does it have the traditional textbook stickers on it? If so, it's a textbook, IMHO.

Textbooks don't always come hardcover. Many are softcover these days. With two kids at university and my just having completed another degree myself, i'm pretty familiar with textbooks. My take, if it has the traditional textbook sticker on it, was used for classes then it's a textbook.

With PBS rules though, before sending if sending as a textbook you have to let the requestor know what shape the book is in.  So there won't be any surprises for the person who receives it.

Angie -
Date Posted: 8/16/2007 1:37 PM ET
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Thanks for clearing that up for me Liese, I didn't mean to tell her to post it as a HC, just that the HC has a wisher. And then PM'ing the requestor when it gets requested.

Most of my textbooks this semester (teacher textbooks) don't have the textbook sticker, so just because it doesn't have it doesn't necessarily make it not a textbook, it just didn't originally come from a campus bookstore. The stickers are a helpful hint though if it does have it.

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 3:10 PM ET
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LOL I thought it was weird, Angie, bcs usually the Husky (your avatar) has great advice!  Thanks for explaining. 

Yeah, I think textbooks are a pretty mushy category.  I guess I would say that if your book was used as a textbook and could be used as a textbook again by someone else, that you stick to the textbook rules.  Especially if the book is not commonly posted on PBS, a student could be grateful to have it.

Date Posted: 8/16/2007 3:25 PM ET
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Thanks so much for everyone's input!  There is a small story behind by question - I originally posted this book a week ago and someone requested it.  I PM'd them to tell them about the highlighting and they (politely) declined the book.  So then I started thinking about whether I should have posted it at all, and here we are.  I think the person who has the book WL'd is the same person who I dealt with last week, so I am reluctant to re-post it.  I don't want her to get annoyed with me!

Oh - and I purchased it online, so there are no textbooks stickers unfortunately!  That would have made this a lot easier!  :)



Last Edited on: 8/16/07 3:26 PM ET - Total times edited: 1