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Subject: Participant Manuals allowed?
Date Posted: 5/2/2009 5:29 PM ET
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Does PBS allow professional participant manuals to be posted?  This would be a book in 3 ring binder given as part of a professional development class. 

Here is a link to the book I want to post:

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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 5:36 PM ET
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Does it have a real ISBN?  The one listed is not official, it's like a bookmark assigned by a PBS member.  A real ISBN would have 10 or 13 numbers.

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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 5:37 PM ET
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No, it does not have an ISBN.  I created the listing. 

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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 6:24 PM ET
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No, it can't be posted because it is unbound.  I'd also argue that it is not a book.


From the Help Center-


What can be swapped here?

PBS is for the exchange of used books across all topics of interest. paperback, hardcover and audio books in good condition are acceptable here. 

Guidelines below


  • Paperback books
  • Hardcover books (dust jackets not required)
  • Audio books (must be originals, not burned copies)
  • Ex-library books
  • Books with accompanying media
  • Textbooks/Workbooks 
  • Foreign-language books (if in a language other than English, the language must be specified in the book description)

Not allowed:

  • Anything that is not a book (this includes calendars, coloring books, blank journals)
  • Anything that contains advertising
  • Advance Reader Copies* (also known as ARC s, Review Copies or Uncorrected Proofs--these are not the final versions of books)
  • CD-ROM books/e-books (books that must be read on a computer)
  • Burned copies of audio books
  • Xerox or otherwise unoriginal copies of books
  • Unbound pages
  • leaflets or pamphlets or booklets** without ISBNs (other members complain at spending a credit for these)
  • Brochures/Promotional "first chapters" of books - these are not complete books, even if they have an ISBN
  • Books that require supplementary non-media materials (non-media materials cannot be sent by MediaMail)
  • Pornography (sex manuals and erotica are allowed, hardcore pornography is not allowed)

*ARCs may be swapped "unofficially" in the Book Bazaar Discussion Forums.  They may not be Posted to a PBS Bookshelf.

**A leaflet/pamphlet is an item with fewer than 20 pages; a booklet is an item with between 20 and 50 pages that is not a children's book. Children's books often have less than 50 pages and are not considered booklets just because of their short pagelength.

Please note: if you Post an inappropriate item for swapping, it may be removed from the database as an automatic action without notice; if it has been requested from you before that happens, you will not get credits for sending it.

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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 9:12 PM ET
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I read that portion of the help docs before posting the question. 

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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 9:18 PM ET
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I would say it isn't allowed according to what NewRuth posted from the Help docs. You can always contact the site for official opinion, but I don't think it's postable since it is unbound with no ISBN.

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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 9:32 PM ET
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I wouldn't think they'd be allowed. It sounds to me like it is something you get when you attend a professional ed class?? They are limited to the use of attendees and I know all of ours state on them that they require express written permission from the company for distribution.

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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 11:31 PM ET
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I would think that you could post  it in a forum?  If there is a forum for that profession.  I'm not sure.  It cannot be posted in the FIFO system.


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Date Posted: 5/2/2009 11:36 PM ET
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That's true, I may just offer it as a freebie with an order off my shelf. It is very heavy & packed with information but I won't end up needing it again so I hate for it to sit on my bookshelf unused. I'm trying to be less wasteful so I don't want to just throw it out. 

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Date Posted: 5/3/2009 10:04 PM ET
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If you're just interested in finding a non-postable home for it, I think the homeschooling forum, among others, might be interested in it, based on the subject.