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Subject: writing in book
Date Posted: 2/19/2012 10:40 PM ET
Member Since: 2/11/2012
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Is any amount of writing allowed in the book I want to post? I have several books that just have a signature inside the front cover.  ??  I'm new here, thanks for the input! :)

Date Posted: 2/19/2012 10:44 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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Hi Angela and welcome.

From the helpful help docs:



  • 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

Last Edited on: 2/19/12 10:45 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/20/2012 12:01 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Welcome to PBS Angela.  No writing whatsoever is allowed on text pages (unless the textbook clause is involked).  Otherwise, Lisa has posted the info for signatures, names, etc. on covers and non-text pages.

Last Edited on: 2/20/12 12:02 AM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 2/20/2012 1:20 AM ET
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It should be noted that, should a Requstor have Requestor Conditions in place stipulating no writing whatsoever, they would likely include the signature in that proscription. Barring such conditions, however, as Lisa said, the signature is acceptable. Any further writing simply requires a PM to the Requestor, notifying them of the book's condition and asking whether they would still like to accept the book. Here's a link to the Help Center doc explaining the "textbook clause":

What is the definition of a textbook?

Date Posted: 2/20/2012 10:40 AM ET
Member Since: 2/11/2012
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Thank you all for your responses, I don't know how I missed that in the help doc. Great... off to post some more books!!!