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Subject: What Qualifies as a Workbook?
Date Posted: 3/21/2009 11:31 PM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2007
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Hi all,

Received my very first written in book today. I have not yet marked anything that it has been received because I am confused as to whether this could be construed as a "workbook".

It is a diet book, and a very highly wishlisted one as well. There are markings of some kind on 24 pages. One specifically being a "diary" page where you would list what you ate that day, how you felt, what exercise, etc. That is the only page that has serious writing. Everything else is just underlining, circling, stars, highlights, sharpie spots, recipes crossed out, etc. etc.   Even if it would be considered a workbook, I would not feel comfortable trying to repost this into the system. I didn't plan on keeping this book, nor did I plan on writing in it. I didn't even know it came with parts to fill in anyway.

So .... is this a workbook? Am I wrong to hopefully request my credit back? I had intended on reposting it back into the system once I was done with it, but in this condition I don't feel comfortable doing so.

The really sad thing is that I had requested this under two different ISBNs, and they both became available within one day of each other by two different people, this one being the first. I had forgotten about the second ISBN, and when it came up the next day I quickly declined it. Now I wish I hadn't. I may have gotten a better copy.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Date Posted: 3/22/2009 12:15 AM ET
Member Since: 12/20/2008
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This is what the Help Docs say about book conditions:

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).


Notice that if the book is a workbook, the condition of the book must be described to the requestor & the condition must be agreed upon.

My understanding of the help docs is that you are entitled to your credit back.



Date Posted: 3/22/2009 3:50 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Even though I just offer mine as freebies, I wound definitely consider a diet book with places a person is supposed to write (diary, test,etc) as a workbook. If the person did not PM you first about the writing, then they did not meet posting requirements and you can ask for your credit back. You can repost it under the textbook/workbook rules in my opinion.

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 4:00 PM ET
Member Since: 6/15/2006
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What Melanie said plus if you relist it, you will have to accept the request then PM the person to agree upon the conditions before sending the book out.

Date Posted: 3/22/2009 4:34 PM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2007
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Thanks everyone, that's kind of what I figured. Though, using the term workbook to me seemed like it should be part of a school curriculum book, not a hardcover fad diet book.

Had I been PM'd about the condition previously, I wouldn't have wanted this book. Honestly, I don't think anyone would. Even considered a "workbook" -- with the condition it's in -- I don't feel it should be posted for a credit again.