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I have severe asthma and I don't have an RC for the smoking thing. I haven't had an issue I think i've recieved 40 books? I don't think I've had even a book that i was very upset with at all. The only think that came close was i had a book with highlights in it (very minor) and I don't mind highlights I just get nervous I won't be able to get rid of it. I'm maybe just a lucky one!

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I recently had a request for a book with no writing and no highlighting, well I refused the request because there was maybe one or two words highlighted and some (a few) pages with writing on/in them....!!

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Hmmn I,ve never had that problem. at least not yet..I've gotten a couple of older books, but, they were in very good condition..But, no, that's not the way they should be sending them!!!!

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2/11/10 2:57 P

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I've run into a lot of problems with PBS quality lately. I've gotten more than a few books with the pages falling out. I got one book that had stickers on the cover (which I found out isn't again the "rules") to the point where you couldn't read the ISBN number - the author or the title. I doubt that's what PBS meant when they said stickers were allowed.
I asked for my credit back and got called an old ugly hag that stole from charity since I wouldn't send the books back.
I wish there was a better way to rate the senders.

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2/1/10 8:27 A

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I recently received a request for a book. When I started to accept it, I found that the requestor had a RC not wanting a book from a home with a smoker. My husband smokes so I acknowledged this and refused the request.
When I next looked at my "bookshelf", I found that that book was not on it so I would suggest that if this happens to you, you'd better check your bookshelf to see whether the book is back on there or not if you still want to have it available to others.

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I just requested leslie sansone's book... waiting for the peron to send...


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1/12/10 6:46 P

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"And they are free books, for goodness sake."

I really hate this mentality. These are not free books, they cost about $2.50 to mail. Granted, it's much cheaper than buying it new or from a used book store, but they are not free. That's why you have to pay a credit to request a book.

It's fine if you don't want to send to people with RCs, but I hope that you'll at least read them first. I have an RC against current-smoking households and strong a smoke smell. As long as the books meet PBS requirements and don't violate my RC I'm perfectly happy.

There is a difference between people who have certain needs like asthma or allergies or sensitivities, and people who want like-new books from a used book trading site.

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2/8/08 9:58 P

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You can ask, but they are not obliged to send it back. I find it best to refuse when the conditions go on too far.

Edited by: AKUR23 at: 2/8/2008 (21:58)
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2/7/08 12:57 P

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If someone refuses to give you credit, can you ask for your book to be returned?

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2/6/08 9:35 A

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Thanks Kimmay - I've spent some time sprucing up my spark page. Hope it's a little move interesting. I've taken a 'mental health' day. We have 6" of snow and expecting another 5 or so and cold blowing snow. I've had it with trying to drive to work in this winter weather so staying home and cleaning off my dining room table. Also for all you fans of Eileen Goudge I'm posting 'Immediate Family' on PBS. If you have not read this book I recommend it - good story of 4 main characters - well written and just an enjoyable read. emoticon emoticon

 
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2/5/08 4:18 P

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Carol - go to your spark page click on edit then scroll down to personal signature on right side. add your stuff click save, the weigght clicker is all the way at the bottom of page, you have to click save or it won't stick. hope this helps

Kim

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2/5/08 8:26 A

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Kimmay - My Wally is the best cat I have ever had also. He will be 3 next week. We have another long hair female named Sassy but she just isn't as lovable as Wally and she is 'sassy' - we get along on her terms.
I have a question. How do you get those cute little graphics at the bottom of your messages tracking your progress? Carol
PS - I'm about to finish 'Immediate Family' by Eileen Goudge - excellent book - well written and 4 great story lines woven around 4 college friends. Anyone interested? I'll be posting it probably tomorrow. emoticon

 
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Carol - i just luv my kitty, he has the best personality of any cat i have ever had. he is not quite a year old yet.

Can't help you on an audio book, i have never listened to one, sorry.

Maybe one of the other members can suggest something good for you.

Kim

"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." --- George R.R. Martin

"Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."
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Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

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2/4/08 8:39 A

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Kimmay the picture of your kitty looks just like my Wally - best kitty ever! Anyway didn't get a chance to read much this weekend. But I'm looking for a good suggestion for an audio book that make me stay on the treadmill for one more chapter as momentum - any suggestions anyone?
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2/2/08 5:48 P

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I don't mind name stickers or price stickers at all, but i know some people get fussy about them, i think things like that give a book "character".

I agree that if a book is worn it may be worth my time as well compared to a not so worn book, you just never know. lol

Another thing i like about books in the art/ illistrations, some books it just makes them stand out. There is just nothing like a book. I have a few really old/antique books that have been in my family for years and just love to look at them from time to time. Alot of detail and heart in them. I doubt you could get anything like that on PBS but you never know. I usually see stuff like that at second hand places, or estate sales etc.



Kim

"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." --- George R.R. Martin

"Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."
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Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

-- Albert Einstein


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2/2/08 1:37 P

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I think I have only received one book that was in rather 'used' condition - but the pages were all there and it was readable. I love getting the used books and my husband is very supportive of my getting used books - I used to surf Amazon on my lunch hour and you know how easy it is to just click buy something. As far as stickers go - when I get a new book I usually let my mom read it first - she has more time - and sometimes my SIL will borrow it from her before I get around to reading it - do think people mind if they get with a name sticker in it. I usually brand my new books because my DD and DIL read them also. Another snow day here in WI - I didn't hear did that darn rodent (the groundhog) see his shadow?

 
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2/2/08 11:48 A

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I normally prefer a used book! Not only because they are cheaper, but because I feel like a book that is well-worn is well-read and probably worth my time.

I had a friend who wouldn't lend out books because she was afraid the spine would get broken (on a paperback). I'm not sure I'm capable of reading a book without the spine getting at least a small crease!

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2/2/08 8:21 A

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hmmm i guess i have been lucky :O)

occasionally i buy books that have stickers on them, you know try to remove that and you risk that sticker gum stuff on there and that is worse than the sticker, so i just leave the stickers on there. so far i have not gotten any complaints, but maybe i just have traded with people who have normal expectations from swaping on a book site, you get a free book... i mean you can't be too picky. :O)

i did get one book that had some pretty good wear on the spine but all the pages were pretty good shape, it was a paperback, and they are not as durable as hard cover so i thought " par for the course" as long as it doesn't smell and is clean i don't mind normal wear & tear.

i do know some people that will NOT read a used book, even from the library , that just cracks me up, but hey i guess it keeps the book industry in business, if there are people out there who HAVE to have a brand new book.

sounds like you got some doosies that you traded with. hopefully they don't come my way. lol

i don't have that many books on my shelf so that could be it as well.

Edited by: SHADESOFPURPLE at: 2/2/2008 (08:25)
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"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." --- George R.R. Martin

"Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."
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Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

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Welcome to SP and the team! I know what you mean about managing the book collection. I'm constantly shuffling, reworking my TBR and wish list and just generally fiddling with my books.

~Leigh, mommy to Declan, and post-partum cardiomyopathy survivor.

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2/1/08 6:42 P

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Hi - I'm new to Spark People and to this message board. I am an avid member of PBS and just love the site and managing my massive collection of books is almost a full time job. However I do have a full time job as an office manager for a small to mid-size construction co in Verona WI. I have over 1000 books on my TBR shelf (not all listed on PBS) so I am officially a bookaholic who needs to lose weight. I would like to participate on this message board and meet some of you.
To weigh in on the topic I saw recently discussed - I totally am against books from a smoker - but you know I've never thought to make that a condition for the books that I get. I should probably be conscience of that.
Anyway I'm a mother of two and grandmother of two precious granddaughters. I have fibromialgia, love to read and am a member of the Madison Area Show Choir and our church choir. So I'm either working, babysitting, reading or singing! emoticon emoticon

 
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I can totally understand the smoke thing and I would honor that condition. My husband does smoke, but never in side, so our books don't smell. One thing is that he is an electrician and he reads a lot at work and gets the pages all dirty, but not with anything nasty. If something like that is wrong with the book then I post it and when someone requests it I send a PM and let them know. No one has ever refused one of those or complained when they got it. But the one with the dot on the inner cover...that was ridiculous. There was another one someone refused because they said there was a pen mark on one of the pages. It was a textbook that I got used myself and it's possible that I put a pen mark on it, but it wasn't anything I intentionally did. He said he was getting the books to put in a library and didn't want any markings. It was those two that I really decided I'm just not going to go through the hassle anymore with the conditions issues.

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i bought some books off of half.com i forgot to ask if they were from a smoking environment... big mistake they reeked !

they were for my son too, so i was double-y ticked. i posted a post on bookworms thread for helpful ideas and did finally get an idea that removed the smell. i was not happy with the seller tho.

never will i make that mistake again,

the tip to remove the smell was put a page of newspaper in between as many pages as you could leave it for a week or so then do it again, it took about two weeks but the smell was finally gone, and they stunk bad ! so it would work if you got a mild smell probably sooner than 2 weeks. the newspaper absorbs the smell from the book .

Edited by: SHADESOFPURPLE at: 2/1/2008 (17:28)
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"Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."
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Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

-- Albert Einstein


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2/1/08 5:03 P

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Oh, dear, you've been lucky.... I'll see if I can find some.



I haven't had any other conditions on any of the trades i have made. i didn't realize that people actually went into great detail. Lol

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I have a no smoking environment condition on mine, but i buy used books all the time, i just smell them before i buy them, yes i know kind of odd, but i hate the smell and to have to smell it for a whole book, well you get the idea, i don't want a smelly book, if it has no smell then okay, even if it did live in a smokers house, that is fine maybe they smoked outside, as long as the book doesn't smell i am okay with that.

I haven't had any other conditions on any of the trades i have made. i didn't realize that people actually went into great detail. Lol

so if you ever want to swap with me, i can't garentee it never lived in a smokers house, but i can tell you it doesn't smell that is for sure. I have a nose that won't tolerate it. :O)



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"Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you." --- George R.R. Martin

"Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."
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Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

-- Albert Einstein


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Yes, I guess I just don't get trying to find something you'd want to save and admire from a site where I think we're just trading to share books and save money. If I wanted something in a "collection", I would want to see it before I buy it.

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I haven't run into many problems with conditions. I understand the no smoking one, but if it's a book *I've* received through PBS, I really don't know if it's been in a smoking household or not. I figure if it doesn't stink to me, it's fine!

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Thanks so much for responding =)

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I also refuse to send books to people with too many conditions. I can understand 'no smoking' because I have asthma, but some conditions go on and on and on. And yes, when you refuse one, it goes to the next one in line. I agree with you, it's not worth the risk of losing the credit and the book. The whole idea is to get books to read, not collector's items.

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What happens if you decline to send a book when there are "conditions"? Does it go to the next person in line? Does anyone know?

I recently had someone refuse credit on a book because there was a dot, yes, a dot of unknown origin inside a paperback cover. So I made a decision not to send to anyone with conditions, but I don't want to take the book off my bookshelf. I'm sorry if that's any of you, and there are circumstances, I know, when books are in bad shape, but mine are not. And they are free books, for goodness sake.

~Leigh, mommy to Declan, and post-partum cardiomyopathy survivor.

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