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Subject: Is *any* writing ok in the book??
Date Posted: 12/7/2007 5:08 AM ET
Member Since: 11/3/2007
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I just got a book at a Thrift Shop that looked ok, but upon careful examination does have maybe 5 underlines and a couple of asterixes within the pages.  It's a parenting self-help kind of book, and goes quickly (there is only one available currently on the site--I checked).  Except for those few marks and an inscription on the first page (which I know is OK by site guidelines), the book is in pristine condition.  Do you think it's OK to list anyway, and just PM the requestor to confirm before sending???

thanks for any help!!  :)


Date Posted: 12/7/2007 5:34 AM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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If you'd classify it as a workbook, with places for the reader to write things in the book, then see the "exception" at the bottom of this exerpts from the book conditions guidelines (from the Help Center.)  Otherwise, no writing or highlighting on text pages.   Pages:
  • No torn or chewed/gnawed pages
  • No loose or missing pages
  • No writing or highlighting 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/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: 12/7/2007 6:14 AM ET
Member Since: 3/13/2006
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I agree.  Writing on the text pages of books is one of those bright line rules at the site.  If I were you, I'd post it on book bazaar as a "free with order" deal.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 9:35 AM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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ditto to what the others said.  There is one other type of book I would like to see listed as ok with some writing/highlighting and that is guide books.  It would seem logical that these books might have a little highlighting or writing because people are using this as a guide to places they are visiting and want to mark where they want to visit.