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Subject: Writing in book..can I do anything?
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:24 PM ET
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OK, so this is my fault for not checking...but, I received a WL book from a PBS member & I just marked it received & put it in my TBR. Well, last night I took the plastic wrap off & went to read the book & it has writing all inside the front & back covers, like someone was using it as an outline for a school class or something. Anyhow, I know books w/ writing are not to be posted, but since I already marked it received & did not note a problem, is it too late to do anything about it now??

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:26 PM ET
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I think it's too late.

I feel your pain, last week I received the same type of unpostable. Twenty pages of underlining. Ugh.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:29 PM ET
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If the writing was only on the blank flyleafs would it be postable? 
I have the impression that it would be postable.  Can someone set me straight?

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:31 PM ET
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Writing on the fly leaf or other non-text pages is acceptable, Anita. Go to the Help Center and search for Guidelines and you will get the complete list with explanations on what PBS book guidelines are.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:33 PM ET
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I'm pretty sure it's too late to do anything.  There really should be a way to go back and do something even after you've marked it received.  I always quickly flip through a book before marking it received, but it's easy to miss something on a quick flip through, and it would be ridiculous to look at every page of every book I get before marking it.  You may want to send a message to PBS, just to make sure there's nothing you can do, and maybe suggest that if that's the case they should change that.  (Of course, I'm not sure how it would work if, for example, you marked it received, they spent the credit, then you realized there was a problem.  But since there are instant credits for using delivery confirmation, PBS must already have a way of dealing with this in case a book sent with DC is marked received with a problem.)

Subject: Writing inside covers is acceptable according to guidelines
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:53 PM ET
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  • 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 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 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).
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:01 PM ET
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If the writing is on the insides of the covers, its still postable!

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:27 PM ET
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The writing is on the flyleaf pages, the title page, and the inside covers front & back. Its not just like a name or date, its like full pages of outline notes etc.  I guess I won't sweat it at this point, but I dont think Im gonna post it on PBS when I am done. I will probably list it in the Bazzar as a freebie. 

Thanks for all the replies & advice!! :)

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:47 PM ET
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If it were only on the insides of the covers I think I would consider putting book plates over them, but with writing on the flyleaf and title page that wouldn't help much.  :(

 

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 4:47 PM ET
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This is where the guidelines do seem a bit vague. On the one hand, they say that writing on non-text pages is acceptable, but on the other, the example provided gives the impression that the writing should not be extensive.

Technically, though, I'd say it's postable. I wouldn't have a problem with it if I received it, but then again, I'm one of those evil English teachers that actually tells people to write in books! ;)

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 6:59 PM ET
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I'm one of those evil English teachers that actually tells people to write in books!

That is eeeve-il especially since the advent of Post-It notes :)

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 1:54 PM ET
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That is eeeve-il especially since the advent of Post-It notes :)

 

Ehh... I've had some students attempt to do in-depth literary analysis without writing in the book. I attempt it myself when all I've got is a library copy. It is a royal pain in the butt. The book ends up with as many Post-it notes as pages! And they never stay in place!

Far better to get a cheap paperback copy and write all over it.  I'd never want to trade away a book with all my precious notes in it, anyway!

I'm also rather weird in that I actually enjoy reading a book someone else has written in. I love seeing what a previous reader thought!