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Subject: What is so hard about reading the words" Large Print"?
Date Posted: 6/15/2011 11:00 AM ET
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When you post a book and it's listed as a Large Print Book, doesn't it ask you again if it is a Large Print book before you click okay to post? I received a book today in regular font instead of Large Print as noted in the title. Of course, it also has a different ISBN# than the one I ordered. So had to RWAP the book and wait for my credit to reorder the book, which of course isn't available at this time. I also have 2 other Large Print books that I requested and have been accepted. I am so tempted to pm them to make sure their book is LP before they mail them. Would you do that if you were me? This actually is the 3rd time this has happened to me in the last two weeks.

Lori - ,
Date Posted: 6/15/2011 11:11 AM ET
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Connie - You might want to create a "Large Print" RC for your account as a back-up measure.  You can always turn it off for the times you're ordering a non-large-print book, but it might give you some peace of mind.

And, personally, if you were ordering a Large Print book from me and you sent me a PM to make sure the book really was Large Print, I wouldn't be offended.  I would totally understand, especially since you've been burned in the past.

Edited for typos.

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Date Posted: 6/15/2011 11:20 AM ET
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No problem here if someone wants to PM to clarify what type of book they would be getting. To clarify clarify I mean if its the binding or edition they want. I won't get into discussions about the quality of books I'm sending because they meet site guidelines.


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Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 6/15/2011 12:17 PM ET
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Yes, when you post an LP book, you get a little red box on the listing page that says you can't use this listing if your book is not LP.

I wouldn't be offended if you PM'ed me, but I also might not see your message before I'd mailed your book. If you want to guarantee that I'll see your message, put it in an RC.

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 12:56 PM ET
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I second Lori's suggestion about an RC - something like:  "I am ordering a Large Print book.  Please decline this request if your book is NOT large print."  As Lori said, you can turn it off if you happen to be ordering a non-LP book.

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 2:02 PM ET
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I think part of the problem is that some people are not even aware that there is such a thing as a Large Print book so even with the system asking them to confirm that it is a Large Print book, it is meaningless to them. I have heard others complain that they have an RC in place for LP books, and they still get non-LP books. I think it all comes down to a lot of members are just ignorant about Large Print vs. non-Large Print books, so perhaps your RC should also ask them to PM you if they are not sure what a Large Print book is...

Date Posted: 6/15/2011 3:54 PM ET
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HI Connie

As someone new to PBS but not new to book sharing/ used booksites; I agree overall with the people above.  I would put an RC and then send a PM when a book is offered expalining again what a Large Print book entails.  From my pesonal experince not all large print books are created equally and this way you are just confirming the book will meet your needs.  You are really just trying to save yourself and them a headache :)


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Subject: LP books
Date Posted: 6/15/2011 5:12 PM ET
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I post Large Print books often and I always make sure that the book I'm posting is an LP if is says so on the listing.  The flip side is that I have listed some LP books and the PBS listing doesn't say anything about the book being a LP even though it is.  When that happens I end up checking the ISBN # several times and checking 'other versions' to make sure there wasn't some mess up in the database that pulled up the wrong version, but 9 times out of 10, the book is just inexplicably listed as a regular book when it is a large print instead.

When those books are requested, I try to remember to PM the requestor so they know it's a large print, but if it gets busy I don't always get a chance. 


Date Posted: 6/15/2011 7:28 PM ET
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Oh tell me about it! I ordered a bunch of LP books a while ago (for a visually impaired friend) and several were not LP. I even had to go through a whole PM run-around with one member who couldn't get it through her head that LARGE PRINT meant LARGE PRINT. She even asked me, "Can you read it?" Wait a minute, seriously? Who is that clueless? I explained several times what large print is and she just didn't get it. (Finally PBS had to intervene to get my credit back.)

I haven't ordered any LP books in a while, but I have a special LP RC or if I forget to turn that on, I PM the member to confirm that it's LP. A few times it wasn't, even though it was listed as such.

Date Posted: 6/16/2011 6:35 AM ET
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Connie, it looks like yours was a case where the member posted the book by author/title and totally ignored the ISBN and format. All you can do is RWAP it, try to educate people and stand firm. If these people keep making the same "mistake," they won't be with PBS very long.


Date Posted: 6/16/2011 11:01 AM ET
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When I posted one of my very first books, a warning came up - is this a large print book? I admit that it confused me. I knew that I had posted to the correct ISBN. I looked at the text, and it did seem on the large side rather than on the small side. So I said yes, it is.

I realize now that I was wrong - that wasn't a "large print" book at all. Fortunately the person who requested it didn't complain - I hope that they didn't actually need a large-print book.

I can't explain why I did this wrong. I know what large print books are. I know how to follow directions. I had read the rules. But somehow, being new and unconfident and hopeful, I goofed. I guess I trusted the ISBN too completely, and probably was using wishful thinking (I was probably afraid I couldn't post the book at all if it wasn't large print, which was probably true enough as long as I used than ISBN).

And no, I wouldn't mind if you sent a PM or had an RC to clarify (though I agree with the recommendation to turn off the RC when you order books that aren't large print). You can say that you've found that sometimes people aren't sure what a large-print book is, and you can clarify.