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Subject: Autographed Books
Date Posted: 8/2/2007 1:18 PM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2007
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I have several autographed books and I want them to go for more than 1 credit, how can I accomplish this?  Would anyone be interested in autographed books? 

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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 1:26 PM ET
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Requesting more than one credit per book is not allowed at PBS. It will have to be posted elsewhere if you want more for an autographed book.

From the HC:

Can I offer/ask more than 1 credit for a book?


  • A bound book "costs" 1 credit at PBS (no exceptions)

  • An audiobook "costs" 2 credits at PBS 

    • some "children's-length" audiocassette items cost 1 credit each

Offering to "pay" (or asking a requestor to "pay"--see below) more than "PBS price" for a book is not permitted. 


  • If the book is Wishlisted, offering more than the PBS "price" for the book may allow members to leapfrog over others in the Wish List for the book. This obviously is not fair.

  • Even if the book is not Wish Listed, a "free market" system could lead to "bidding" for a book, and auctions are NOT permitted on PBS.
  • One reason is that auctions are subject to state laws, and as PBS members belong to various states, this could be illegal.
  • The other reason is that we want all members to have a fair chance to get books on PBS.  Pitting those who have lots of credits to spare against those who don't have a lot of credits at the time goes against the very spirit of PBS--the fair sharing of books. Everybody equal.

Asking for more than "PBS price" for a book is considered bookselling

  • Bookselling is not permitted at PBS

  • If you feel that your book is too valuable (or too costly to ship) to be swapped for "PBS price", you should not post it here.
  • If this is a matter of postage cost (your book is heavy), remember that you can also request a "heavy" book with the credit you get for sending yours--so it all evens out.
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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 1:38 PM ET
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Thanks for posting that Jane.

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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 5:09 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 11/7/08 7:55 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 5:12 PM ET
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I agree with Julie. I recently sent out an autographed copy of a book. I sent it for only one credit... I got it from here for only 1 credit.

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Date Posted: 8/2/2007 5:13 PM ET
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I feel the same way. Autographed books hold no extra value for me unless it's a book that the author has personally inscribed to which case I wouldn't be listing it here anyway.


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Date Posted: 8/3/2007 4:37 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2006
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I agree.  I've received and sent a number of autographed copies.  Though its always a thrill to see the signature, Its still only worth one credit. 

Last Edited on: 8/3/07 4:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
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