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Subject: When to “retire” a book?
Date Posted: 5/14/2008 6:15 PM ET
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I think I know the answer to this question, but I have only been here a month and I want to be sure. I received a WL book that I think most would define as having a cleaved spine. The pages are still secure, but there are two spots where the book cracks open down to the binding. I don’t really care because I want to read the book and I don’t even mind “retiring” the book. I have not accepted the book yet, but the sender uses the delivery conformation system. I don’t know if I should mark it received or received with problem. Again, I don’t really care about the condition and I don’t want to seem overly picky when I’m not. My other problem is that it is an out of print book and there are people behind me on the WL. I don’t know if I should post the book and PM the next person in line or just “retire” the book completely. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Beth
Subject: When to retire a book
Date Posted: 5/14/2008 6:17 PM ET
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You could give it as a freebie book, if you don't want to get a credit for it. Still readable, but not postable.  Go check out the book bazzar!

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 6:20 PM ET
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It's not a postable book.  I personally would mark it RWP but wouldn't necessarily ask for my credit back. I would read the book and either offer it as a freebie w/an order here or post it on another booksite where you can post the books condition.  If the person normally sends out good books, an RWP is not going to damage their record with PBS. It'll just be a wake up call to pay more attention when posting books.  If they habitually send out bad books then your RWP could help get them off PBS.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 6:24 PM ET
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It sounds to me like the book is unpostable.

Is it that the glue is just cracked right open so there are like two chunks of the book, but the two chunks are still securely attached to the cover?  Since they removed the word cleaved from the rules it is harder to pin those down, to me that wouldn't necessarily be described as separation of the binding, but I would definitely not post it. I think most would consider it unpostable.

I would most likely report it as RWP and explain that the condition of the binding probably renders it unpostable. Just so that there is a record of the condition of the book in case that person is in the habit of posting WL books in poor condition.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 6:25 PM ET
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Regardless of your plans to retire/keep/repost it, it should be marked as RWP, since, as Mary points out, it violates PBS posting guidelines.  To ask for your credit back or not is your decision, but it needs to be marked RWP regardless so that abusers will get noticed or the ignorant will get educated :-)



Date Posted: 5/14/2008 10:50 PM ET
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The glue is cracked open and the book is split into three pieces, but each piece is securely attached to the book. I was pretty sure the book wasn't postable, but the guidelines were a little vague on that. I wasn't sure about marking it RWP either.
Date Posted: 5/15/2008 3:26 AM ET
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If you can't see the binding then I wouldn't mark it RWP. There is a difference between being able to see the binding and it being "broken" in a couple spots where the glue has come apart or the binding had puckered. It sounds like it's either getting worn out or the typical cheap MMP are just doing their normal thing.  Not a major catastrophe IMHO so I'd not makr it RWP and then probably either give it away to a friend or give it as a freebie.

I'm a lot more liberal than many posters on this forum however and the only thing I mark RWP is water/liquid damage. overt stains and the obvious really ripped stuff. Other than that, hey, it's a used book site so I give the senders the benefit of the doubt without a hassle usually.

Of course, I'm pretty picky about what I send because I know not everyone is like me.


Date Posted: 5/15/2008 11:09 AM ET
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I agree with Susan.   I receive books that I feel I won't repost after reading because, even though the spine isn't  showing, there is cleavage that with reading will exacerbate the problem. I usually tell the sender thank you and that the book will retire or end its journey with me. Since this is a used book site, I, like Susan, don't get excited.

Last Edited on: 5/15/08 11:09 AM ET - Total times edited: 1