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It is my understanding (from reading the inside covers of paperbacks--I
know I need more to do) that paperbacks with destroyed covers are not to
be used.

"Sale of this book without a front cover may be unauthorized.  If this
book is coverless, it may have been reported to the publisher as 'unsold
or destroyed' and neither the author nor the publisher may have received
payment for it."
        --from the verso of the title page of the Ivey Books edition of
_The Joy Luck Club_ by Amy Tan.

I don't know if this applies to the books you're speaking of since their
covers are only half cut off.  I would ask where your group found them.
(Easier said than done, I know.)

Good Luck.

Ruth Pinchot, LMS                               pinchot@tenet.edu
Coppell High School     185 W. Parkway Blvd.    Coppell, TX  75019

"If you don't do your own thinking, someone else will do it for you."
                                                        EDWARD DE BONO

On 9 Aug 1996, teach wrote:

> Hi,
>  I have a group of helpful citizens on the lookout for books for my
> library. They have come up with about a thousand paperback books with the
> covers half cut off and with the stamp not for resale. I do not know
> if I should try to put these books on the shelves or keep them for the
> teachers library only... do any of  you have experience with these kinds
> of books. They are semi current, classical, nonfictions, and a few fiction
> books.
> Diane Pittman

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