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Subject: Whoops accidently posted an unpostable book. Now, what?
Date Posted: 7/7/2009 7:27 PM ET
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Over the weekend, I looked at my bookshelf at home and noticed a book sitting there that had been wished listed by other members.  I said to myself, "Why isn't that book posted?"  So I took it from hold to post and it was accepted.  Then I marked that I would mail it.  I was getting ready to print the mailing label when, like a bolt of lightening, I remembered that the book had been written in.  Not a lot, just some underlining and notes in the margins, and that was only in the first couple of chapters. 

But, it's still an unpostable book.  Should I just cancel and send a note explaining why or should I PM the requester and see if they still want it.  If they still want it, I'm going to want to get a credit for it.  Is that out of line?  If it is, I will just cancel. 

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 7:42 PM ET
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If the only thing that makes it unpostable is the  writing/underlining, then you should follow the textbook/workbook guidelines given in the Help Center. PM them about the writing/underlining and see if they want it that way. If they do not, YOU need to cancel the book. If they do not answer you, you should cancel the request and offer it in the Book Bazaar if you want a credit for it.

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 7:49 PM ET
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I would do what Melanie suggested.

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 8:11 PM ET
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Keep in mind that the textbook/workbook exception is only for books that either are, or could be considered textbooks/workbooks.

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 8:30 PM ET
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Actually I believe they clarified that rule to allow for other books. Because so many people have taken classes that used books that aren't normally text books.

Also you can ask for a credit for unpostable books.  You just have to offer it the book bazaar and not post it to the WL and then ask if they still want it.  I don't think anyone would pay a credit for an unpostable non-WL book. But for a WL book they might especially if the damage is minor.

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 8:31 PM ET
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Keep in mind that the textbook/workbook exception is only for books that either are, or could be considered textbooks/workbooks.

The site admin has said that any book can be considered a textbook/workbook bt the sender and thus posted under those guidelines. Since this book has underlining and margin notes, its obviously been used as a workbook.

Date Posted: 7/8/2009 1:30 AM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Not so obvious where I come from!  Remember my mother who underlines everything in red?  And sends a copy for each member of the family (for me to keep for them)??  ARGH!   What a waste.  No one wants a book that is heavily underlined in red.

Ruth

Date Posted: 7/8/2009 8:00 AM ET
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Yes, I have seen even cozy mysteries and paranormals with writing in the margins and underlining. If those are textbooks, I'll eat my hat. LOL But I would do what others have suggested and PM the member, cancel if they don't want it.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/8/2009 11:34 AM ET
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It doesn't matter what kind of book it is, the important thing is that the receiver agrees to accept the written in book BEFORE you send it. If they say no thanks or if you don't hear back in time, you need to cancel.
Date Posted: 7/8/2009 2:03 PM ET
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I once posted a WL book that a friend had finished and gave me to post.  I had looked it over when I posted it and didn't notice any problems.  But sure enough, after the request was accepted and wrapper printed, I checked again before wrapping it and found some underlining.  I sent a PM to the requestor describing the extent of the underlining, and I offered them an additional book for free from my shelf if they so chose so that they still had a postable book for their credit.  I also offered to cancel the request, whichever they preferred. (They chose the book).