Condition Rating and Listing Terms for Books

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This guide is to establish the condition ratings of books and define the terms used in listing books.  Book Conditions in this guide align with the eBay mandated ratings.  The Buyer may refer to the eBay definition for the Condition which is displayed with Item Specifics at the top of the Description Page.   

Applicable to all book sales by Martians_from_OZ.

Condition Code Definitions for Books

Brand New (Never read - could have minor cover rub marks from shelving)

Like New (Could easily be mistaken for brand new)
Book: Very lightly used book, no spine creases, no marks in text, no damage to pages, binding or cover. 
Jacket: Shiny, may have minor shipping, shelving, storage defects such as rubs, bumps, or minor edge curling.

Very Good (You would give it to a good friend as a gift)
Book: Does not look brand new but has no significant damage to the cover, no missing pages, all pages undamaged (no creases or tears), no underlining/highlighting of text, no writing in margins, very minimal identifying marks inside cover, very minimal wear and tear.
Jacket: Has no easily noticeable damage.

Good (You would use it yourself, but wouldn't necessarily give it as a gift)
Book: Minimal damage to the cover (no holes or tears, but probably scuff marks), minimal wear to binding, majority of pages undamaged (minimal creases or tears), minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins, no missing or torn pages.
Jacket: Some damage but useable, not necessarily included.

Acceptable (Item beaten up a bit but it works)
Some damage to the cover and/or binding but integrity still intact, possible writing in margins, possible underlining and highlighting of text, no missing pages.

Note: For all of above any specific known damage will be noted under the Seller Conditions.


Age Yellowing: Similar to Edge Tanning (see below) but over all or most of page

Boardbook: A Book with thicker pages (typically not bendable) usually for toddler books - so they last.

Book Club: Published by a Book Club.

Dedication Page: A page for adding a Name (To) in the book when giving as gift.  Clean dedication Page means never filled in ready for you to give as a Gift.

Dog-ear: A small fold on corner of page - used by some readers to mark a page, or as a result of poorly placed bookmark or shelving.

Dust-jacket: Colourful wrap around cover - usually (not always) - on Hard Back books to protect hardcover / book from handling / wear.

Edge Spots: Spots on the edge of the book (when closed) usually from careless drinker drips onto book edge or from being carried in rain.

Edge Tanning: Light brown colouring (tanning) to the paper edges due to exposure to sunlight on the paper.  A particular challenge with mass market paperbacks.

Edition: The edition of the book as marked by Publisher - different from Printing (see Reprint)

Ex Library: Previously a Library Book and may be marked as such.

Facing Page: The first page inside the front or back cover, or a blank page facing the title page.

First edition: First Edition of the Book when printed, may be first edn of type of print eg first edn paperback.

Folio Society: Published by Folio Society Book (reference their website, or Wikipedia for details).

Foxing:  a term describing the age-related spots and browning seen on vintage paper. Although unsightly foxing does not affect the actual integrity of the paper but may impact readability.

French Flaps: a trade paperback with long covers which are folded inwards.

Frontispiece: a decorative illustration facing a book's title page.

Hardback: A Hard Cover (ie not bendable) bok, usually much heavier and holds shape well on shelf.

Hard To Get: Book is not readily available, normally due to being Out Of Press for a while.

Label Mark: Residual marks from removing label may include fading, residue, small scratch marks.

Large Print: Larger than usual type, usually for visually impaired.

Magazine Size: Think Women's Weekly (or Computing Magazine for others) as a Size Guide.

Magic Tape Repair: A repair made by seller with Scotch 3M Magic Tape which is clear and does not yellow - normally for loose pages.

Marked: Has stamps, highlighting or hand writing in the book.

Mini-book: A smaller then usual (i.e. smaller then regular novel) size guide - great for the purse / pocket / backpack.

Paperback: A soft cover Book (i.e. bendable cover), common for mass fiction novels.

Price Clipped: Usually a corner clipped from Dust-jacket or front page to remove original price - often seen on original gifted books.

Regular Size: A sizing Guide, just think the normal everyday paperback or hardback size book.

Remainder Mark: A small mark by retailer at end of book run (to prevent returns for full price), usually a stamp, or pen mark on bottom or top edge.

Reprint: This is a rerun of a same edition to make more copies, a book may have many printings of the same edition.

Shelving Marks: The soft rub marks seen on cover - worse on Matte Finish cover from books touching one another on shelves - seen on new books in bookshops as well as used.

Signed Copy: Signed by Author – with reasonable confidence that it is the author (ie provenance)

Slipcase: Used in place of Jacket for some better quality H/B that have a box they slip into (slipcase) instead of a dust jacket.

Spine: The thick edge of the book facing out of bookshelve which pages are bound to.

Spine Bumps: Indents in spine typically where a soft spine has been shelved, and or pulled from shelves over time.

Spine Crease: A crease down the center of the spine (normally paperbacks) due to opeing the book wide - very common in mass paperbacks.

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