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Subject: writing in book
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 9:43 AM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2008
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I always flip through every page when I start a book.  I just posted one and after flipping through it, noticed a date written on the main page when you open the book.  Is there a way of me going back to my bookshelf and making this note so the next person knows?  I rec'd this book from another PBSer and there was never mention of the writting

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 10:17 AM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2007
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From the help center:

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

So from what you say it is just a date written on the title page, this may be allowed since it does not obscure any text.

I know I will be corrected if I am wrong :)BUT...

 IMHO, if it is just a date written on top of a page, not obscurring any text, I would not make a big deal over it. These are used books after all, the sender might have gotton it used himself, or it might be an ex-library book. I know my library has dates in all their books.


Date Posted: 11/12/2008 10:43 AM ET
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BTW, there is no way in the PBS system to attach a specific note about a specific copy of a book. 

The way things are set up around here you absolutely must make sure it meets the minimum posting guidelines before you post it.  If it does, you're good.  It's then up to a requestor to have requestor conditions if there's something additional they want- like no ex-library books, etc.  The only time you should need to contact a requestor prior to sending a book is if it's a textbook that's been written in- then you have to advise them of the condition and agree on it.

Unless an RC pops up with someone's request, you don't have to contact them about anything as long as, again, you posted a book that met minimum guidelines.

This is what makes the FIFO (first in, first out) system work here at PBS and is one of the big differences between PBS and a lot of other book swapping sites where you have to make some sort of declaration about the condition of your book and then have someone specifically choose yours.  Personally I think this is a lot simpler and more fair but that's why there are lots of sites!

Happy trading!


Last Edited on: 11/12/08 10:43 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 11:17 AM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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Sounds completely postable to me!

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 11:27 AM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2008
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Thanks!  It's  on the title page of the book so has nothing to do with the actualy reading of the book.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 6:43 PM ET
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I'd have no problems with posting that or receiving it.  Hope someone requests it from you soon!