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Subject: Which books are good books?
Date Posted: 6/5/2009 12:58 PM ET
Member Since: 6/2/2009
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So I know, I'm sorry, I'm posting another question... and it may be totally unnecessary, but I'm new and don't want to piss people off that I'm sending books to lol. For the most part all of the books that I have posted are one time reads that I just didn't really like so they're in near perfect condition. But what about books that are slightly worn? No writing or anthing, but obviously read? Or covers that have been bent? Are these not swappable? For me... I'm willing to take any book as long as it's not missing pages lol. To me a book is a book is a book.. I love them all and don't think much if I get one that is worn. How about you?

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 1:06 PM ET
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PBS has a set of guidelines that cover the minimun standards of the books that are allowed to be posted. It's at...

http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/search.php?terms=guidelines

 

(This is just part of it)

Guidelines:                                                                                                                                       

Overall Condition:

  • No damage at all from water or other liquid
  • Not soiled
  • No stains (exception for cookbooks--see below)
  • No mold
  • no highlighting, underlining or writing on text pages (exception for textbooks --see below)

Dust Jacket:

  • The DUST JACKET (this is not the same as the cover of a book) does not have to be included with a book at all, unless the requestor had this in their Requestor Conditions. 
  • So DUST JACKET condition cannot be considered as part of the condition of a book, unless there were Requestor Conditions on the request specifying that the dust jacket be included.
  • If the Dust Jacket was to be included as specified in the Requestor Conditions on the request, the Dust Jacket must meet the same conditions as defined for the cover, below.

Cover:

  • Must both be present (front and back)
    • note that a paperback missing its front cover is  usually an illegal, unsold copy
    • "cover" does not = dust jacket.  Hardcovers do not need to include their dust jackets to be swapped here.
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • Cover not torn or chewed/gnawed
    • some used book stores cut out a small part of the cover; if the amount missing is less than 1 inch, this is OKAY
    • a small rip (less than 1 inch) in the cover is OKAY
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed" above.  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • A bookplate inside the cover or on the flyleaf is OKAY

Binding:

  • Must be intact, with no separation on the inside or outside of the book
  • If the book tends to open at a particular page, this is OKAY
  • Small amount of fraying or denting at top or bottom is OKAY

Pages:

  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages
    • yes, that does say "chewed/gnawed".  That means no pet-chewed (or human-chewed) books.
  • No loose or missing text pages
  • Cover not water damaged (there may be no water damage to any part of the book)
  • 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 or underlining 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 in a reply PM 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).
  • No staining

    • Exception: Cookbooks may have some mild staining, since these are used in the kitchen and while cooking, and some minor degree of staining could be expected in a used cookbook.  Also a small amount of writing in cookbooks could be expected
    • HOWEVER, if you post a cookbook and it is stained and/or written-in, the condition must be described to the requestor in a Personal Message
    • AND the described condition MUST BE AGREED TO in a reply PM 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 textbooks--see above).
    • this exception applies to the covers of cookbooks also.
  • Page edges: remainder marks are OK.  A name written on the page edges is okay (if it does not bleed in and obscure text on the text pages)

 

 

So if you haven't read it, make sure to do so. If you do send a book that doesn't meet standards, the receiver can mark the book Received with a Problem and ask for their credit back.

Not all books are meant for this site. There are other places you can swap books that don't qualify here, and there are places you can donate them.

 

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 1:36 PM ET
Member Since: 6/2/2009
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Ok thanks.  I followed the link and read through it. All of my books fall within the guidelines so I guess I'm good. :) Although I do have some "human chewed" books that my daughter got a hold of lol but I didn't post them.

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 5:24 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Welcome to PBS!!!

Hope you enjoy it as much as we all do!

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 6:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2005
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Ok thanks.  I followed the link and read through it. All of my books fall within the guidelines so I guess I'm good. :) Although I do have some "human chewed" books that my daughter got a hold of lol but I didn't post them.

Hey, some kids enjoy books in more way than one, Lol!

Really, as long as you keep the rules in mind, and give each one a final check before sending, you'll do fine. I've sent out almost 700 books and I don't think I've ever been asked for a credit back. If I'm iffy, I don't post them.

I have two good UBS I can take books to for trade in, and they can look them over before taking them. Many of the books I wouldn't trade here they'll accept. Of course, that means that I do look over the books I purchase there more, so I go home happy with what I've bought. But I don't mind since I have the book in front of me.

But when swapping here, we have to depend on others to make sure the books at least meet the site standards. So it is a lot of trust going both ways.

Seems to work pretty well, though!