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Subject: What does this mean?
Date Posted: 1/7/2010 5:10 PM ET
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I have a wish list book requested by someone who has this RC:

Any paperback requested should include the picture "plate" (usually an image of the embracing couple or includes review quotes on this thicker stock page) behind the cover, if it originally came with one.

I'm really not sure what she is talking about referring to "the picture plate".  The book I have is a regular old paperback with a regular cover.  I'm a little uncomfortable sending a book to someone with such an odd, and dare I say rather picky RC.  What would you do?

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 1/7/2010 5:13 PM ET
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What I'd do is decline.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 5:14 PM ET
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Yup.  They want a particular cover and are explaining it badly.  I would decline.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 5:31 PM ET
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I wonder if they mean a step-back cover.

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 1/7/2010 5:36 PM ET
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Every once in a while I see a paperback with two 'front covers' - the outer cover doesn't go quite to the right edge. I think of these as being movie tie-ins, mostly. Is that what this is about? Why does she think most paperbacks have a couple embracing on the cover?

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 5:45 PM ET
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Why does she think most paperbacks have a couple embracing on the cover?

This is hilarious. 

Yeah.  We have to make sure TomeTrader adds this to her collection of crazy RCs.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 6:16 PM ET
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I know exactly what she means (athough I don't know what it is called). She means the covers that are typically on romance books .... where there is a top cover and a bottom cover; the top one usually has a cut out or a decorative edge tthat does not completely cover the second cover, which is underneath.

The underneath part is also printed on cover stock and is usually a picture of the couple in the romance novel kissing or embracing. Many, many romances have 2 page covers like this.

Many horror novels come with those types of covers, too. The top has a cutout and the bottom is some kind of gory picture.

If your book has a regular cover, I think you can accept this RC. She is saying she wants both pages of the cover IF the book originally had a 2 page cover. If not, OK to send.

Edited to add ... I don't think its picky, although it could be a gray area in the rules. If a book has 2 pages which make up the cover, and one is missing, is it still postable? Gray area. You could argue it both ways, I think. No doubt she got one like that and the other member didn't want to return her credit.



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Date Posted: 1/7/2010 7:08 PM ET
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If your book has a regular cover, I think you can accept this RC. She is saying she wants both pages of the cover IF the book originally had a 2 page cover. If not, OK to send.

It would seem to me that if the book originally had a two part cover and one part was missing, the book wouldl no longer be postable because it would have a torn cover.

That one was too weird for me, I declined.  The next person in line lucked out over this person's weird RC.

 

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 7:48 PM ET
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A shame you can't contact her and tell her it's too unclear. I lost out on a WL book once because someone didn't know what bookcrossing was.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 8:01 PM ET
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I didnt  think it was unclear it all.  I knew right away that she was talking about a romance novel.  As long as that book didnt come with one, and you could definitely tell believe me, then I'd accept it. :)

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 8:17 PM ET
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I wonder if they mean a step-back cover.

I'm sure that is what the person meant. Here are some examples: http://www.covercafe.com/contest/2007/TIC-res07.html or this http://urbanfantasyland.com/2008/08/25/cover-art-for-jeaniene-frosts-at-graves-end/.



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Date Posted: 1/7/2010 8:21 PM ET
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I also think it refers to a stepback cover.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 9:07 PM ET
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I didn't think it was unclear it all.

It was unclear to the person who got the request, so she lost out on a book. 

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 9:53 PM ET
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It was clear to me but I read a lot of romance novels. I can see someone who doesn't not knowing what kind of cover they were talking about.  I've seen a few mysteries with that type of cover but it's predominately romances that do it. So they can make the front cover less embarrassing but still show the couple.  My guess is this person got a book with the 2nd part of the cover missing and so put an RC up for it. 

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 10:22 PM ET
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 I don't read romance, wasn't clear to me...