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Subject: What are the rules for consumable books?
Date Posted: 11/20/2008 4:05 PM ET
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My DD is really into coloring, and I see tons of really nice coloring books that I might order for her, but what if they are all colored in?  Does anyone know what the rules are for coloring books and other consumable types of books like sudoku or crossword puzzle books? 

 

Edie

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 4:13 PM ET
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Those aren't postable on PBS and if you see them on here they should be reported to PBS.  There is a sticky thread up top of this board where these things can be reported.  These aren't postable for the reasons you mentioned also they can't be sent by media mail.  But they have ISBN's and end up in the PBS sytem anyway.  So if you order one you do it at your own risk. 

ETA: see report suspicious items here thread. 



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Date Posted: 11/20/2008 4:15 PM ET
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Coloring books are prohibited on PBS. I am not sure about crossword puzzles and sodoku, but I would put them in the same category and think they would not be postable. I'd have to double check the rules for them, but I know coloring books are in the not allowed list in the Help Center. Yes, they get posted despite the fact that they shouldn't be. PBS removes them whenever they catch up to them. I guess I would be hesitant to order one since the person is obviously not following one rule, who's to say they are following the "no writing" one. 

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 5:53 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/20/2008 8:16 PM ET
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I wish the Dover coloring books were allowed. I requested and received one and it's wonderful. It was in perfect shape and it's educational.  As long as there is no advertising in the book, I don't understand why they can't be sent Media Mail.

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 10:55 AM ET
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Date Posted: 11/21/2008 10:59 AM ET
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I think it would open them up for too many complaints to allow them. Because you know people will post them with some coloring done in them.  They are meant to be colored and written in unlike books. Yes books do get written in, but that is not their intended use.  Also it's not PBS that makes the media mail rules but the USPO and they don't consider coloring books, magazines, calandars or pamphlets as media. 

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 11:57 AM ET
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Date Posted: 11/26/2008 10:15 AM ET
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Actually I asked at my post office once and she said coloring books COULD be sent media rate as long as they didn't have any advertising in them.

Date Posted: 11/28/2008 4:09 PM ET
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I have some old books from my classroom on my shelf, stuff like spanish crossword puzzles that have never been written in (used as masters only--from a Teacher's Discovery catalog.)  Is this not postable, then?

I can understand coloring books.  But there is also the workbook clause as well.  Couldn't the crossword puzzle book essentially be a workbook?

I might not remember to check this thread again.  I welcome any PM on this though.  I'd be interested to know.;

Date Posted: 11/29/2008 1:30 PM ET
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