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Subject: writing in a book
Date Posted: 6/13/2010 4:34 PM ET
Member Since: 5/5/2010
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Does simple writing such as my name or a few notions in a book such as a notation make a book not good for posting?  Is there any way to indicate a books condition?



Date Posted: 6/13/2010 4:42 PM ET
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Hi Zee, you can read the details on postability criteria by searching the Help Center for "Conditions".

A name in the front of the book is perfectly fine to post.

Any writing on the text pages at all can only be posted under the textbook/workbook exception which requires you  to PM the requester, explain the damage, and get prior approval before sending. A book cannot be sent with writing in it without that approval. Doesn't matter if its margin notes on every page or oen starred paragraph on chapter 11, writing needs to be disclosed and approved before sending.

PBS doesn't give a way to describe condition because all books must meet the posting criteria and the whole premise of the site is a FIFO system. Having that information on the book won't help because the request is given to the first person in line, the requester doesn't pick who they request from. 

Last Edited on: 6/13/10 4:43 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/13/2010 4:45 PM ET
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Having a name written inside the cover is fine but the notations wouldn't be as the text can't have any writing.

Books just have to meet the criteria of the site to be posted as there is no way to indicate a condition of a particular book. Then if someone has requestor conditions, your book needs to meet those conditions as well.

Date Posted: 6/13/2010 5:16 PM ET
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To echo what was said above -- read through the Book Condition Criteria for 'Swappability' at PBS: they're the criteria we all look to when posting.  A book with writing may be posted under the textbook exception, as Melanie described. More info here: What is the definition of a textbook? 

And this is also an echo of what was described above:

Why can't I describe my book's condition when I post it?

There is no place for members to list the condition of their specific copies of books.

  • ALL books at PBS are expected to be in good or better condition.
  • PBS uses the FIFO (first-in, first-out) principle to handle book requests: the earliest copy Posted into the system gets the next request for that book. We think this is the fairest method of swapping. 
  • If a requestor wants a book in "better-than-PBS-requires" condition
    • It is the REQUESTOR's responsibility to ensure that the copy she has requested meets her requirements.
    • She can use Requestor Conditions to accomplish this.
  • Book Reviews are NOT to be used to describe the condition of a particular copy of a book. This is because:
    • Reviews are intended to allow members to share their opinions about books they have read.
    • The Review stays with the book listing for the ISBN in the database; it does not follow a particular copy.