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Subject: Writing on the book - does that include a person's name?
Date Posted: 5/10/2011 8:00 PM ET
Member Since: 5/8/2011
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Hi all, I'm new here (used to use frugalreader.com all the time) and I have a book in great shape, except my name is written once on the book.  Does that count as writing and make my book unpostable?

 

Thanks!

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 8:11 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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That would depend on where your name is written. If it is written across text of the story, then the book would be unpostable. If it is written on the inside of the cover, title page, page edges (and not bleeding through to text) or some other place that doesn't obscure text then the book would be perfectly fine to post.

Subject: I wasn't clear:
Date Posted: 5/10/2011 8:12 PM ET
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What I meant was that my name is written across the top of the book, once, on the edges of the pages... you can't see it when reading the book, but you can if you are looking down on it.  Does that make sense? 

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 8:34 PM ET
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yes, writing is OK on page edges. As long as it doesn't bleed into the book in any significant way (like if it was written in some kind of marker, maybe).



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Date Posted: 5/10/2011 11:28 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Should be postable Rebekah, welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 5/10/2011 11:48 PM ET
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Here's the part of the postability guidelines that helps:

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
    • for travel guide books - maps if designed to be detachable may be detached, but must be included.
  • 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 three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for travel guidebooks and cookbooks--see below).
      • Exception: if it is a travel guide (not a picture book but a guide, such as Fodor's or Lonely Planet), some writing on text pages could be expected.  All maps must be present and included with the book - if detachable it is OK if they are detached, but they must not be missing.
        • if you post a travel guide that has writing in it, 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 three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for textbooks/workbooks and cookbooks--see above and 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 three cases in which a PM exchange about a book is required before the book can be sent (the others are for travel guidebooks and textbooks/workbooks--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)
Subject: Thanks all!
Date Posted: 5/11/2011 9:34 PM ET
Member Since: 5/8/2011
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Sent off my first two books.  smiley