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Subject: When does well read become unpostable
Date Posted: 3/14/2009 6:09 PM ET
Member Since: 2/15/2007
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Hey all,

I am having a hard time determining if I book I have is just well read or unpostable.

It doesn't have any of the PBS no-no's. No tears, no marks, no water damage or broken spine. But it is definately well read. This spine is creased and the cover is worn (ie small bits of ink are off)

.I would hate to send it out and get a RWAP.

How used is still ok?

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 6:35 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2007
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If you would be happy to receive it, I'd send it.  If you'd ask yourself why you wasted a credit, I'd dispose of it another way or offer as a freebie.


Date Posted: 3/14/2009 9:01 PM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2006
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If you would be happy to receive it, I'd send it.  If you'd ask yourself why you wasted a credit, I'd dispose of it another way or offer as a freebie

Good advice! :-) 

I was going to say that if you are wondering about it, it's probably time to retire it.  I think that above might be better, though. ;-)

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 10:42 AM ET
Member Since: 11/7/2005
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I think it depends on the number of copies.  If it's hard to find, send it on.  A book is better than no book, to me.

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 10:47 AM ET
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I agree it's a difficult line.  I consider myself pretty picky about books, but I received an "unpostable" copy as a freebie with an order from someone and was surprised that they considered it unpostable.  It's certainly well read, but not the most worn copy of a book I've received for a credit by any stretch of the imagination.  But I feel obligated to have it continue its travels through PBS as an unpostable because that's how I received it (which also means I'm going to read it on the beach instead of other possibilities, LOL) despite the fact that it's a highly WL book.  Not that this really helps you, but it does show "well read" is a subjective standard.  I think the advice about whether you would be unhappy to have spent a credit on the book is good advice, but even by that standard views can vary.

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 12:14 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
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Wearing on the cover or edges doesn't bother me, I would consider a book "excessively worn"  for posting purposes if the binding seems weak/fragile .  If you open the book and feel like you can't open it all the way for fear of breaking the spine, I'd consider it excessively worn.

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 3:22 PM ET
Member Since: 2/27/2008
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I was just going to ask this question! There are periodically negative comments throught the discussions  about receiving an unpostable when they had ordered the book. To me, as long as I can read it in its entirety and it doesn't fall apart , I'm ok spending the credit to get the book. Now though, I'm paranoid about what I'm sending out. There was  someone with an issue with a stain on the cover...I would have been ok with that!  Ink marks on the edges...ditto. I don't know how to make the call after reading some of these! These are used books and there shouldn't be an expectation of pristine condition, right!?!?!  Debbie

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 4:49 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2009
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