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Catholic Book Review & Exchange: Q & A

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Catholic Book Review & Exchange: Q & A

Important Notice: This page, the sharing section tips page, the info. page, and the add page, etc. are all incorporated as part of the terms of use of this site. Please read carefully. Reminder: By using this site you indicate agreement to all our terms.

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Q. Participating in book transfers involves risk. What tips do you offer to help minimize these risks?

A. To help minimize these risks, we recommend a careful review of our Sharing Section Tips. You should also review our terms, FAQs, read the items below, and review all recommendations & cautions on all pages relating to this section. Unfortunately, however, you may encounter various problems despite your diligence. Use of this section is at your own risk.

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Q. Must I lend/exchange/transfer my book to review it here?

A. No. It is not necessary to offer your book for loan / exchange / transfer to submit a book review here.

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Q. Must I have a financial need to request books which are being given away?

A. It is desirable that those who request "give away" books have at least some financial need. Regular repeat requestors should have a financial need. Those with ample funds should consider passing up "give away" offers to allow those with lesser resources to take advantage of them.

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Q. Can you tell me more about a book that appears here?

A. No. If you want more information about books, you may contact the person reviewing/offering them. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, reviews, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Information appearing in this section is provided by users, is not verified, is subject to change, is not comprehensive, and may be subjective / inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We do not get involved in your dealings with others or mediate disputes. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Please do not contact us for information regarding any items which appear here. 

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Q. Have you screened / evaluated the books listed here and do you endorse / recommend them?

A. No. Information about books is provided by users, has not been verified, is not endorsed by us, is not comprehensive, and may be subjective/inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offers / requests, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours) and we do not mediate disputes. You should assume that we have not read / evaluated any of the titles included here - and we are not responsible for doing so. Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk.

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Q. Do you endorse / recommend any of the authors, publishers, reviews, or submitters listed here?

A. No. Information about books is provided by users, has not been verified, is not endorsed by us, is not comprehensive, and may be subjective/inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offers / requests, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk.

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Q. Since a book is listed here, can I be sure that it is not contrary to the perennial Magisterium?

A. Unfortunately, no. Information about books is provided by users, has not been verified, is not endorsed by us, is not comprehensive, and may be subjective/inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offers / requests, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk.

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Q. I see a book I am interested in. How do I request it?

A. If an item is available for transfer (exchange, loan, etc.), you may request it by contacting the person offering it. Do not request books from those who have not indicated that they are willing to transfer them. Please do not contact us for more information regarding any items which are offered here. Remember that we are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Information is provided by users, is not verified, is not comprehensive, is subject to change, and may be subjective / inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. We do not get involved in your dealings with others or mediate disputes. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. 

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Q. How can I be sure that what is stated about a book is accurate & truthful?

A. There is no guarantee that the information provided is accurate or truthful. Information about books is provided by users, has not been verified, is subject to change, is not endorsed by us, is not comprehensive, and may be subjective/inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk. Note: Please do not contact us to tell us you disagree with a book review. For more information, see question below.

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Q. Do you guarantee that the publication date, number of pages, ISBN, author, publisher, Imprimatur information, content information, or any other information provided about a book is accurate?

A. No. Information about books is provided by users, has not been verified, is not endorsed by us, is not comprehensive, is subject to change, and may be subjective/inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk.

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Q. Since a review appears here, does it mean you agree with or endorse the opinions given?

A. No. Information about books is provided by users, has not been verified, is not endorsed by us, is not comprehensive, and may be subjective/inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk.

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Q. Are book reviews comprehensive?

A. No. Book reviews may be limited in scope and omit important details. Information about books is provided by users, has not been verified, is not endorsed by us, is not comprehensive, and may be subjective / inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk.

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Q. Why are positive reviews preferred?

A. Since this section is designed to assist Catholics in finding and obtaining good spiritual reading, positive reviews are preferred. Of course, only honest positive reviews are sought. Negative reviews may be discouraged, but are not prohibited. (Note: In some instances, negative reviews might be encouraged - e.g. when a very popular, but unorthodox, "Catholic" book is receiving favorable attention in the media.) Important Note: While our goal is to help with "good" reading, we cannot guarantee that the items contained in this section actually are "good". Also note that we do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful - even if they are listed favorably here. Read at your own risk.

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Q. I disagree with a book review. How can I respond to it?

A. This section is not designed for back and forth debates about books. The reviews reflect the opinions of their authors and may be disagreed with for any number of reasons. The fact that a review appears here does not mean that we agree with or endorse it. Information about books is provided by users, has not been verified, is not endorsed by us, is not comprehensive, and may be subjective/inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement or agreement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk. Note: Please do not contact us to tell us that you disagree with a book review. 

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Q. Since you don't allow responses to book reviews, isn't this section somewhat unbalanced?

A. First of all, we do not guarantee that this section will be "balanced". This section isn't designed for back and forth discussions about books, but is instead designed with the goals of helping people learn about and obtain good spiritual reading. The opinions expressed are those of the submitters and there may be a wide range of legitimate opinion among various readers. We have disclosed the fact that the reviews are subjective, therefore it is only natural that other opinions may exist. We have also provided space for both positive and negative comments regarding the books and have instructed reviewers to state opinions as such. Also, we encourage readers to research books independently before obtaining them. Furthermore, since traditional books may be given preference, a natural bias towards the traditional may be inherent. We are not ashamed, but proud of this fact and hope that we may always be able to give preference to traditional books. Our religion isn't man made and isn't subject to change based on human whim. Therefore, our spiritual reading should reflect this. In summary, since the goal of this section is to assist in good spiritual reading, it would be natural for this section to be biased towards the good. Important Note: While our goal is to help with "good" reading, we cannot guarantee that the items contained in this section actually are "good". Also note that we do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful - even if they are listed favorably here. Read at your own risk.

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Q. Do you prohibit book reviews that you disagree with?

A. We may allow or prohibit book reviews whether we agree with them or not. However, as indicated in our terms of use, we reserve the right to reject posts for any reason. Note that we do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. and we cannot guarantee accuracy of any information, including that contained in book reviews. 

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Q. Is it okay to resell books received?

A. Books received via exchange (or those given away) are for use and should not be resold. And, obviously, borrowed books should never be sold. Note: Those who violate our policies may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. Is it okay to submit an offer to loan / exchange / transfer for another party?

A. No! No third party offers under any circumstances.

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Q. Is it okay to request items for others?

A. No third party requests, per se. Do not submit requests for others (including individuals, organizations, etc.). If another party wants to request an item, they should submit their own request. Note that you may NEVER request that an item be sent directly to any other party - however, if you want to request an item that you will subsequently (and personally) give to another individual (not an organization, group, business, etc.), it may be acceptable to request it here. For more information / requirements regarding subsequent transfers, see question below. Do not proceed unless you meet all requirements.

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Q. Is it okay to transfer items received to another party?

A. First of all, note that you may NOT request that the original sending party send any item(s) to any other party besides yourself. YOU must personally deliver any items to the party you wish to transfer them to. After receiving transferred items, they become yours (excepting loaned items, of course, which are not yours and should never be transferred to any other party). Any further transfers of items are referred to as "subsequent transfers". Subsequent transfers are solely between yourself and the other party (e.g. the party to whom the item is to be subsequently transferred to). You may not involve either the original sending party or us in any subsequent transfer. By engaging in any action in any way related to any subsequent transfer(s) (including requesting an item intended for another, offering an item to another person, giving away an item, contacts / correspondence about an item to be given to another, etc.), you agree to take full responsibility / liability for all transfer(s) and all consequences / outcomes, etc. of all parties, without limit, and without recourse to any other party. If you do not want - or cannot afford - such liability, you should not participate. Note that you should not request items in sharing sections for the purpose of transferring them to any organization / business / group, etc. If you request items with the intention of distributing them to another individual, you should (as a courtesy) notify the original sending party that you intend to further distribute the item (without providing any personal details of any party - e.g. you may simply indicate that the item is "wanted for a relative/friend"). Note that you should carefully inspect / verify all items before engaging in any subsequent transfer(s) and take all other appropriate precautions. You should also carefully remove any ownership markings of the original sender (including any postal information on any packaging) and you should be certain that your intended recipient can receive/utilize the item lawfully. Remember also that if there is a problem with the item, you agree that you alone may be held personally liable for all consequences / damages, etc. We are not a party to your transfers and do not mediate disputes. As indicated, by using this site, you agree to hold us harmless for all consequences - direct or indirect - which may occur as a result of use of this site (or other materials), regardless of their nature. If you do not want to take such risks (or cannot afford to), you should not participate. Use of this site is at your own risk. Reminder: By engaging in any action whatsoever in any way related to any subsequent transfer(s), you indicate agreement to all our terms. Note: Other restrictions may apply. All requests, offers, transfers, subsequent transfers, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc. are subject to any applicable laws. If you do not properly meet all requirements, do not proceed. 

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Q. I have a book on tape to give away. May I offer it here?

A. Sorry, no. This section is limited to original production-printed books & booklets only - no other printed materials, pamphlets, photocopies, etc. No other media (e.g. CD's, DVD's, software, videocassettes, audiocassettes, etc.), or other items. No magazines, newspapers, newsletters, or self-published items.

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Q. May I offer a book here that I haven't finished reading?

A. No. Include only books which you have personally read from cover to cover.

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Q. Where can I find more guidelines concerning submissions?

A. For additional guidelines regarding submissions, try the Add page. Note: Also see the Sharing Section Tips page.

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Q. Is it acceptable to donate books received to charity?

A. Items received are for use and should not be requested for the purpose of donating to others. If the individual who sent the item to you wished it to be donated to a charity, they could have done that directly (and maybe received a tax deduction). You should not request books that you don't intend to read. If you wish to donate a book that was given to you after you have finished reading it, it may be appropriate to donate it without your benefiting financially from the donation. 

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Q. I received a book, but I don't like it - may I put it back on the site to offer to others?

A. Generally, we would discourage this practice. First of all, the site is more geared towards positive reviews (honest ones, of course) with the goals of helping Catholics find and obtain good spiritual reading. There is really no point in offering poor reading materials to others. Secondly, if you put the item back on the site, you risk offending the person who sent the item to you. Perhaps you might give the book to another individual (if it is suitable reading material)? For more information/requirements regarding subsequent transfers, click here.

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Q. I have several copies of a book. May I offer more than one copy in my post?

A. Yes, simply indicate this in your post (in the "maximum initial number of copies" field). Remember, however, that you should not be affiliated with the book in any way if you offer it here (e.g. author it, publish it, sell it, etc.). 

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Q. When I send someone a book, may I include additional literature or other materials?

A. No! Do not include any additional literature or other materials when you send items. This section is not for sales / promotion / marketing, etc. Those who violate our policies may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. I never received the book, even though I sent an advance shipping prepayment or a deposit - what should I do?

A. We regret that this may occur and remind you that use of this site involves various risks. To resolve the problem, you may attempt to work it out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember that we are not a party to your transactions and we do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. 

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Q. I received the book, but it was not as expected - what should I do?

A. We regret that this may occur and remind you that use of this site involves various risks. To resolve the problem, you may attempt to resolve the matter with the other party. Remember that use of this site is at your own risk. We do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. 

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Q. What is the difference between an advance shipping reimbursement/prepayment and a deposit?

A. Shipping prepayment refers to advance reimbursement of shipping (and like) costs (e.g. prepayments sent by a borrower/recipient to a lender/giver to reimburse, in advance, for shipping costs). Deposits refer to amounts to be held and returned under certain conditions (e.g. funds sent by a borrower to a lender to hold until the borrower returns a loaned item in good condition). Exact terms of such arrangements are up to the individuals involved and are governed by any applicable laws. We are not a party to your transactions and we do not mediate disputes. Please do not contact us regarding your terms.

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Q. Why would I require a deposit if the item is not available for lending?

A. Deposits may be helpful in ensuring that the other party lives up to their responsibilities when lending (e.g. to help ensure that the other party returns the item). However, if you are giving the item away or exchanging the item, there may be no reason for a deposit (although an advance shipping reimbursement may be appropriate). The terms of all transfers are up to the individuals involved and are governed by any applicable laws. We are not a party to your transactions and we do not mediate disputes. Please do not contact us regarding your terms.

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Q. Why would I require shipping reimbursement if we are exchanging items?

A. Shipping reimbursements are most likely to apply when an item is given away or lent. However, individuals may charge shipping reimbursement on exchanges at their option. This may be appropriate, for example, when an item sent is more costly to mail than an item received. The terms of all transfers are up to the individuals involved and are governed by any applicable laws. We are not a party to your transactions and we do not mediate disputes. Please do not contact us regarding your terms.

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Q. If I agree to exchange a book, how do I know that the other party will send the book they are supposed to send?

A. Unfortunately, you may never be sure that the other party will live up to their responsibilities. Remember that all transfers involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and we do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. 

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Q. The field "Might Submitter be willing to offer this item for loan/exchange/transfer?" contains "Maybe". What does this mean?

A. The response "Maybe" may mean that the submitter is uncertain about offering the item for loan/exchange/transfer. For more information regarding the availability of the item, you may contact the Submitter. Remember that we are not a party to your transactions and we do not mediate disputes. Please do not contact us regarding availability of items.

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Q. Who is the "Submitter"? Who are "users"? Who is the offerer / sender / lender / exchanger / giver / transferor / provider, etc.? Who is the requestor / receiver / borrower / transferee / recipient / exchangee, etc.? Who is the "other party"?, Etc. Which is the responsible party? 

A. The term "submitter" refers to the person who submitted a post. The term "user" (or "users" or "participant" or "participants" or "you"/"your" or "visitors" or "visitor" or "individual" or "individuals" or "person" or "persons", etc.) refers to individual(s) using this site (or related materials) and to those who are in any way connected with use of this site (or related materials). The terms "offerer", "sender", "lender", "exchanger", "giver", "transferor", "provider", etc. may be used interchangeably and refer to those offering - or who may indicate to be offering - item(s), whether or not they actually transfer any item(s) [or offer to transfer any item(s)]. The terms "requestor", "receiver", "borrower", "exchangee", "transferee", "recipient", etc. may be used interchangeably and refer to those who may be requesting item(s), whether or not they actually receive (or request) any item(s). Note that the terms "offerer", "requestor", "sender", "receiver", "lender", "borrower", "exchanger", "giver", "transferor", "provider", "transferee", "recipient", "exchangee", etc. are broad terms which apply (as applicable) whether a user submits a post(s) or responds to a post(s), and they apply regardless of the nature of any post/response (e.g. they apply even to any "fake" / "pretend", blank, etc. posts / responses - or any other improper post/response), and they apply regardless of whether or not any item(s) are ever offered / requested / sent / received, etc. The term "other party" (or "other parties") may refer to the other party(ies) involved or to the responsible party (e.g. the requestor / submitter / offerer, etc.). The term "applicable party" [or "applicable parties" or "party(ies)", etc.] refers to the appropriate party in the context of the item in question. All terms above may be expressed in upper or lower case letters. Note: 'Item requests' may be referred to as 'requests' / 'request' / 'book requests' / 'requests for book(s)', etc. and 'item offers' may be referred to as 'offers' / 'offer' / 'book offers' / 'books' / 'offers for books' / 'items' / 'item' / 'book' / 'reviews' / 'review', etc. The terms "other party" / "applicable party" / "submitter"/ "requestor" / "offerer" / "user" / "sender" / "transferor" / "lender" / "borrower" / "exchanger" / "exchangee" / "giver" / "provider" / "receiver" / "transferee" / "recipient" / "participant" / "visitor" / individual / person, etc. (whether singular or plural) NEVER refer to us. Each user is responsible for himself / herself. Some users (e.g. offerers / submitters / requestors, etc.) may be held responsible/liable for others. We are NOT responsible/liable for ANY individual(s) / user(s) / requestor(s) / submitter(s) / visitor(s) / offerer(s) / sender(s) / transferor(s) / giver(s) / provider(s) / receiver(s) / transferee(s) / recipient(s) / lender(s) / borrower(s) / exchanger(s) / exchangee(s) / participant(s) / person(s), etc. As indicated, by using this site, you indicate agreement to all our terms. Note: For assistance with the terms "transactions", "transfers", "loans", "exchanges", "offers", "requests", etc., click here.

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Q. The field "Preferred Transfer Type" contains a "N/A". What does this mean?

A. The response "N/A" may be selected if the item is not available for loan / exchange / transfer. If the item is not available for loan / exchange / transfer, you should not contact the submitter regarding any loans / exchanges / transfers.

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Q. My book was returned late (or was never returned). What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transfers involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.

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Q. I agreed to a book exchange, but the other party sent the wrong item (or nothing at all). What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transfers involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. 

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Q. How can I be sure that the other party will send the item they are offering for loan/exchange/transfer? 

A. Unfortunately, you may never be sure that the other party will live up to their responsibilities. They may send no item, they may send a different item, etc. Remember that all transfers involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. 

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Q. What does "Preferred Transfer Type" mean?

A. If applicable, "Preferred Transfer Type" refers to the type of transfer the submitter has indicated is preferred. For example, the submitter may have chosen "Loan for a specified period" if they would like to lend out a book for certain period(s) of time, but want it returned. They may have selected "Exchange for another book" if they wanted to trade the book for another (Catholic) book. Or, they may have chosen "Transfer of ownership" if they wanted to give the book away. For additional details, contact those who have indicated that they might be willing to transfer items. Remember that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. Please do not contact us regarding the availability of any item.

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Q. The field "Preferred Transfer Type" says "Transfer of Ownership". What does this mean?

A. The option "Transfer of ownership" may be selected if the submitter is willing to give the item away. 

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Q. What if I originally said I would be willing to give an item away but now I only want to lend or exchange it (or vice versa)?

A. You should not offer items here unless you are willing to live up to your offers. If you choose to change or cancel your offer, you may do so by notifying interested parties that your offer has been revoked or changed (unless prohibited by law). Do not notify us of your decision! Note that we cannot honor requests to make changes to any offers which appear on the site. Also note that if you frequently revoke or change offers, you may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. How can I make a change to my offer?

A. Sorry, we cannot honor requests to make changes to any posts. If your terms, preferences, etc. have changed, you may change or cancel your offer by notifying interested parties that your offer has been changed or rescinded (unless prohibited by law). Do not notify us of your decision! Note that you should not post here unless you are certain of your terms / preferences, etc. Those who misrepresent their offers - or those who frequently change/rescind their offers - may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. I said I would be willing to loan my book. How many times should I be willing to do so?

A. If you indicated that you would be willing to lend an item, you should be willing to do so at least once.

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Q. Are there any types of books I shouldn't transfer (e.g. loan, exchange, give)?

A. We recommend that you refrain from transferring books which are one-of-a-kind, autographed, sentimental, hard-to-find, frail, costly to replace, etc. You should not transfer any items you can't afford to lose. And, of course, prohibited items should never be transferred (e.g. newsletters, self-published items, magazines, anti-Catholic and non-Catholic books, immoral / sexual / explicit books, etc.).

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Q. Is collateral acceptable for lent or borrowed items? 

A. You should not request (or provide) any collateral. You may, however, request or provide a deposit in the form of a check/money order denominated in U.S. dollars. Note: See additional questions herein regarding deposits.

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Q. May I request a deposit or a shipping reimbursement / prepayment in cash? 

A. No. Do not ask for cash deposits or cash shipping reimbursements / prepayments. Deposits and shipping reimbursements/prepayments should be in the form of a check or (preferably) private money order denominated in U.S. currency.  

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Q. The sender requires a deposit or a shipping reimbursement / prepayment in cash. What should I do? 

A. You should not provide a cash deposit or a cash shipping reimbursement / prepayment. You may notify the other party that it is a violation of our terms to ask for a cash deposit or a cash shipping reimbursement / prepayment. Those who violate our policies may be prohibited from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. What should I do if the other party requests a large (or excessive) deposit/shipping reimbursement/shipping prepayment?

A. If a large (or excessive) deposit / shipping reimbursement / shipping prepayment is requested, you should not agree to the transfer. Do not send a large (or excessive) deposit / shipping reimbursement / shipping prepayment.

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Q. I returned a borrowed item but the lender is taking a long time to return my deposit. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transfers involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. 

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Q. I borrowed a book and provided a deposit. I have since returned the book as we agreed, but have not received my deposit back. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transfers involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. 

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Q. How much of a deposit should I require for loaned items?

A. The terms of transfers are up to the individuals involved. If you are going to request a deposit, we recommend that you consider all costs you may incur if the item is not returned, if the item is returned late, if the item is returned in a damaged condition, etc. The deposit amount should be in proportion to probable costs (including replacement costs) and should not be excessive. Note that it is not necessary to require a deposit for the full value of the book if you do not wish to do so. In order to help spread the risk between the lender and the borrower, you may consider a smaller deposit (of course this means that you, as a lender, are assuming the additional risk).

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Q. When might a lender be entitled to keep part or all of a deposit?

A. Deposits might be retained if items are not returned or are received back in a damaged condition. However, exact terms regarding deposits are up to the individuals involved and are governed by any applicable laws. We are not a party to your transactions and we do not mediate disputes. Please do not contact us regarding your terms.

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Q. The lender returned only part of my deposit. What should I do?

A. First of all, note that the lender may have deducted various amounts which may be acceptable (e.g. if item was damaged, etc.). If you feel the deduction(s) were unfair, you may attempt to resolve the matter with the other party. As indicated, all transfers involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party and, as applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.  

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Q. What happens if a borrower likes a loaned book and wants to keep it and let the lender keep their deposit?

A. This is effectively a sale and is prohibited! This section is not for the selling or buying of items. (Note: If you wish to sell or purchase items, try the commercial sections of this site.) Should a lender experience problems, he/she may attempt to work them out with the other party and, as applicable, he/she may seek legal remedies. Remember that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. Note: Those who violate our policies (e.g. those who disguise sales/purchases as loans) may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. Can you guarantee that the book I received is "safe reading"?

A. No. We do not guarantee that any book will be "safe reading". In fact, some books may be harmful to the faithful. You should carefully investigate materials before reading them. Note that some items may appear to be Catholic, but in reality are anti-Catholic or are "infected with modernism". You should steer very clear of such items. Read all materials at your own risk.

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Q. A book listed is said to have an Imprimatur. Does that mean it's "safe reading"?

A. Unfortunately, no. First of all, remember that if a writing contains an Imprimatur, it does not necessarily mean that the item is accurate or true. An Imprimatur is assurance provided by the Church that a particular item, while not necessarily true, has not been found to contradict Catholic dogma. Secondly, information about books is provided by users and has not been verified and is not endorsed by us. Even if an item is said to have an Imprimatur, we cannot guarantee that it actually does have one. The item may or may not carry a valid Imprimatur, regardless of what may be stated here. Remember that information is not verified and that we cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk. 

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Q. A book is said to have an Imprimatur but I cannot find evidence of this. Does the item really have an Imprimatur?

A. Information about books is provided by users and has not been verified and is not endorsed by us. Even if an item is said to have an Imprimatur, we cannot guarantee that it actually does have one. The item may or may not carry a valid Imprimatur, regardless of what may be stated here. Remember that information is not verified and that we cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk. 

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Q. What do the various book classifications mean?

A. The classifications are general categories selected by users to describe books. For assistance with the meaning of terms such as "traditional", "progressive", etc., click here. Note that we do not guarantee accuracy of these classifications. Information about books is provided by users and has not been verified and is not endorsed by us. The reviews reflect the opinions of the submitters and may be disagreed with for any number of reasons. The fact that a review appears here does not mean that we agree with or endorse it. Information provided is not verified, is not comprehensive, and may be subjective / inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offering / requesting, reviewing, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement or agreement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk. 

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Q. Are book classifications accurate? What if I don't agree with a book classification?

A. Information about books is provided by users and has not been verified and is not endorsed or guaranteed by us. The reviews reflect the opinions of their authors and may be disagreed with for any number of reasons. The fact that a review appears here does not mean that we agree with or endorse it. Information provided is not verified, is not comprehensive, and may be subjective/inaccurate. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. We cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offering / requesting, reviewing, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours). Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. Readers are cautioned that certain books may be harmful to the faithful. Read at your own risk. Note: This section is not designed for back and forth debates about books. Please do not contact us to tell us that you disagree with a book review. For more information, see question above.

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Q. In return for my book, I received an item that is anti-Catholic. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transfers involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may notify law enforcement authorities or seek other legal remedies (as applicable). Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.

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Q. How long should I be willing to lend a book?

A. The terms of transfers are up to the individuals involved. In making your decision, however, you should consider how long it might take to read the item, how long it might take to ship the item back and forth, etc. Also note that as time goes by, the chance that you won't receive your item back may increase.

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Q. I received my book back, but it is worn (or otherwise damaged). What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transfers involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. It should be noted that some wear may be expected with each reading of a book. Should you experience problems in connection with your loan, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.

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Q. I once offered/requested a book on a particular subject and now I receive ads related to that subject. What can I do?

A. Unfortunately, we cannot stop others from misusing your information. That's why we recommend a cautious approach to all personal information, including e-mail addresses. For considerations and tips regarding including your e-mail address with posts, click here. Also, be sure to review all applicable questions regarding e-mail addresses on this page. You may also report abuses to law enforcement authorities (as applicable).

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Q. Do you monitor the items / offers / reviews / submitters, etc. listed on this site?

A. We do not monitor the items / offers / reviews / submitters, etc. on this site and we cannot guarantee that any posts are accurate or truthful. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc. Note that we may - but are not required to - subject posts to a review process to weed out items which appear to be questionable. This process is not full-proof. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. May I place restrictions on the use of books that I lend, give, or exchange?

A. The terms of all transfers are up to the individuals involved and are governed by any applicable laws. You are free to place any applicable restrictions on your offers in accordance with the law. We are not a party to your transactions and we do not mediate disputes. You should be aware that those who receive items may not adhere to your restrictions. 

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Q. Must I lend my book to (or give to or exchange with) the first person who requests the book?

A. We do not require you to lend to, give to, or exchange with any particular individual (unless required by law). Instead, you determine the person to send your item to (in accordance with the law). Remember that we are not a party to your transfers and we do not determine who should receive your items. The terms of all transfers are up to the individuals involved and are governed by any applicable laws. Please do not contact us regarding the distribution of your items.

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Q. What can I exchange my book for?

A. This section is designed for the exchange of Catholic books/booklets only. Do not exchange Catholic books for non-Catholic books or for any other items. Those who violate our policies may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section). Note that you should exchange Catholic books for other Catholic books of equal value. 

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Q. May I exchange a book for another type of item here?

A. No! Books should be exchanged only for other (Catholic) books/booklets. Those who violate our policies may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. May I request two books in exchange for one?

A. Since the value of books exchanged should be the same, it may be acceptable to exchange two or more Catholic books for one Catholic book. However, the terms of transfers are up to the individuals involved. Please do not contact us regarding your terms.

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Q. I originally said that I would not require shipping reimbursement, but then I found out it would cost a lot to mail the item. Can I now request shipping reimbursement?

A. If you indicated that you would not charge for shipping, you should live up to the terms of your original offer. If you were uncertain regarding shipping costs, you should have selected "maybe" rather than "no". You must not promise free shipping and then try to charge someone for shipping. Note that we cannot honor requests to make changes to any offers which appear on the site. Those who misrepresent their offers may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section). [Note: If the shipping cost proves to be a hardship, you may want to consider canceling your offer. See question below.]

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Q. I originally said that I would not require a deposit, but I have changed my mind. Can I now require a deposit?

A. If you indicated that you would not require a deposit, you should live up to the terms of your original offer. If you were uncertain about whether you should require a deposit, you should have selected "maybe" rather than "no". You must not state that you will not require a deposit and then attempt to obtain one. Note that we cannot honor requests to make changes to any posts which appear on the site. Those who misrepresent their offers may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section). [Note: If the lack of deposit proves to be a hardship for you, you may want to consider canceling your offer. See question below.]

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Q. What if I am only willing to exchange the book (or only want to lend it)?

A. This section permits exchanges and/or loans (and/or the giving) of books. It is not necessary to be willing to loan and exchange. If you are willing to exchange the item, that is sufficient. Or, if you are willing to lend (or give) the item, that is sufficient. 

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Q. I changed my mind and no longer wish to offer my book. What should I do?

A. You should not offer items here for transfer unless you are sure you wish to loan, exchange, or give them. If you change your mind and choose to cancel your offer, you may do so by notifying interested parties that your offer has been revoked (unless prohibited by law). Do not notify us of your decision! Remember that we cannot honor requests to make changes to any posts. Note that if you frequently revoke offers, you may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. I have shipped the book (or cancelled my offer), but it still appears on the site. What should I do?

A. Posts may appear on the site for any amount of time, even if the item is no longer available (for general timetable information, click here). Therefore, we recommend that you include a "final date" in the applicable field to notify users not to contact you after that date. Unfortunately, however, there is no guarantee that you will not be contacted after that time. Note that we cannot honor requests to remove items which are no longer available.

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Q. I want something which appears on the site, but the submitter tells me that the offer has been revoked or that the item has already been given away. Why does the offer still appear?

A. Posts may appear on the site for any amount of time, even if the item is no longer available (for general timetable information, click here). Note that the submitter may have included a "final transfer date" and should not be contacted after that date even if the post still appears on the site. Please note that we cannot honor requests to remove offers which are no longer applicable.

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Q. What does the date "00/00/00" mean?

A. If "00/00/00" appears in the "final transfer date" field, this indicates that the submitter may not have provided a final transfer date. 

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Q. How can I determine what date to put in the "final transfer date" field if I am uncertain about how long it might take to loan (or exchange or give) a book? 

A. On this, you must use your best judgment. How popular do you think your book will be? How long are you willing to deal with correspondence regarding this item? We recommend earlier rather than later dates in most cases.

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Q. I am still contacted about my book even though the "final transfer date" has passed. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, you may be contacted even though the "final date" has passed. At your option, you may choose to ignore or respond to the correspondence. We recommend that you send a short note - e.g. "the 'final transfer date' has passed and I should not be contacted after this date" - in order to encourage users to honor these dates.

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Q. How much can I deduct on my taxes for books I send?

A. Most likely, your transfers of books are not deductible (even if you give them away at no charge). The IRS may require that items be donated to qualified charities to be eligible for a tax deduction. For assistance with tax matters, consult a qualified tax professional.

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Q. Are items I receive taxable?

A. The value of items received may be taxable. Note that you are responsible for any taxes due in connection with your transactions (including requests/offers, transfers, exchanges, sending/receiving, expense reimbursements, etc.). For assistance with tax matters, consult a qualified tax professional.

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Q. Since it says books may be given as "outright gifts", does this mean "gifts" for tax purposes?

A. Not necessarily. For assistance with tax matters, consult a qualified tax professional.

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Q. My book review did not appear on the site. Why not?

A. There are a variety of reasons that posts may not appear on the site. Reasons include (but are not limited to): book already listed on site, book review has not yet been processed, post does not meet guidelines, technical difficulties, post or book seems questionable, user has been blocked from posting, space considerations, etc. Note that if your post does not appear, it does not necessarily mean that your post was unacceptable. Remember that we do not guarantee that any particular submission will appear on the site. There are a variety of reasons why a valid post may not appear. If your post does not appear, do NOT resubmit. [Note: Please note that long processing delays in this section are not unexpected.]

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Q. My post disappeared from the site even though I still have the book to lend (or give or exchange). What should I do?

A. To keep content fresh, records may disappear at any time. For general timetable information, click here. If your post no longer appears, do NOT resubmit it. If you still wish to share your book, you may consider placing an inexpensive ad in a commercial section of this site (e.g. Classified Ad).

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Q. May I send books to you to distribute?

A. We may accept qualified Catholic books for our 'lending library'. For more information, click here.

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Q. Someone requested my book, but indicated that they have no financial need - do I have to give it to them?

A. We do not require you to give items to any particular individual (unless required by law). Items are yours and you may determine who to give them to (in accordance with the law). Remember that we are not a party to your transfers and we do not determine who should receive your items. The terms of all transfers are up to the individuals involved and are governed by any applicable laws. Please do not contact us regarding the distribution of your items.

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Q. Why might someone choose "maybe" regarding shipping reimbursement or a deposit?

A. Users may choose "maybe" regarding shipping reimbursement or a deposit for a variety of reasons. For example, they may not know how much a certain item will cost to ship or they might not know if they will have the funds to ship the item by the time they would need to do so. For deposits, they may base their decision on their assessment of your ability to return an item on time or on other considerations. Users might safely assume that "maybe" will probably mean "yes".

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Q. I am uncomfortable about paying upfront for shipping. What if I never receive the item?

A. You are absolutely right to be concerned about this matter. As indicated, use of this site involves risks. It is quite possible that you may pay in advance for shipping and never receive the item. That's one reason we recommend extra caution and prudence with regard to this section. Remember that we cannot guarantee that you will receive the item or guarantee anything else about the transaction (or the sender) and we do not mediate disputes. Proceed at your own risk. [Note: Be sure to review the sharing section tips before deciding whether or not to proceed with transfers.] 

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Q. I am uncomfortable about sending a deposit. What if I never receive the item or the other party never returns my deposit?

A. You are absolutely right to be concerned about this matter. As indicated, use of this site involves risks. It is quite possible that you may send a deposit and never receive the item - or you may receive the item, but never receive back the deposit (even after you have returned the item in good condition). That's one reason we recommend extra caution and prudence with regard to this section. Remember that we cannot guarantee that you will receive the item, or that you will receive your deposit back on a timely basis (or at all), or guarantee anything else about the transaction (or the lender) and we do not mediate disputes. Proceed at your own risk. [Note: Be sure to review the sharing section tips before deciding whether or not to proceed with transfers.] 

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Q. When I agreed to a deposit or to reimburse for shipping, I was asked for credit card information. What should I do?

A. You should NEVER provide any credit card information in connection with items listed in the Catholic Book Review & Exchange section. You may notify the other party that it is a violation of our terms to ask for such information. Those who violate our policies may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. The person who is sending/requesting an item wants all sorts of personal information. What should I do?

A. This should be considered a 'red flag'. If you are being asked for too much information, you should seriously consider whether or not to proceed with the transfer. We strongly recommend a cautious approach regarding all personal information. You should NEVER provide your social security number, mother's maiden name, driver's license number, identification numbers, children's names, pet's name, etc. Remember also that personal information sent via e-mail may be insecure. The person asking for the information may be requesting it to see if you are really who you say you are or, the person may be attempting to acquire personal information for improper - and possibly harmful - purposes. If you are being asked for too much information, you should strongly reconsider the transfer. NEVER provide any personal information beyond what is necessary and proper. By giving any personal information, you may put yourself and your loved ones in danger. Proceed at your own risk. For additional tips and considerations, click here.

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Q. If I am sending (or requesting) an item, should I provide my home or work address?

A. Where possible, we recommend not providing any address. If you must provide an address, you should independently research the other party before providing them with this (or any other personal) information. To help protect your personal information, we recommend using a P.O. Box rather than a street address. Even so, providing of any address (even a P.O. Box) involves risk and you may receive unwanted communications and/or be subject to other unwanted items (including personal visits, anti-Catholic literature, harassment, encounters with those who have an intent to harm or deceive, etc.) and/or others may use your information in ways unsuitable/harmful to you. If you choose to provide a home or work address, the decision of which one to provide is up to you. Before you do so, you should carefully consider whether any unwanted communications or other items are likely to be more harmful at home or at work. Remember that participation in any transactions (including transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) may be dangerous. Proceed at your own risk. If you do not want to - or cannot afford to - take such risks, you should not participate.

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Q. If I conduct advance research, use a P.O. Box and a special e-mail account, and I don't give away any personal information, am I fully protected from the dangers which may occur with regard to transactions (including lending, borrowing, exchanging, giving, sending, receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.)?

A. Unfortunately, no. While these are important steps to take to minimize risks, there is no guarantee that all risks will be eliminated. Unfortunately, no steps you take, no matter how diligent, can protect you from all risks related to transactions. Remember that you agree to assume all risks, whether foreseen or not, related to all transactions arising from the use of this site (or other materials) [including contacts / correspondence (with and from others), loans, transfers, exchanges, etc.], without limit, and that you agree to hold us harmless for all consequences - direct or indirect - which may occur as a result of use of this site (or other materials), regardless of their nature. If you do not want to take such risks (or cannot afford to), you should not participate. Use of this site is at your own risk. [Note: If you don't want your offer to appear online, consider contributing Catholic books to our 'lending library'. Click here for more information.]

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Q. I gave a book away and later found out that the individual I gave it to resold it or donated it for a tax deduction - what should I do?

A. Remember that you did a kindness and that God knows what occurred both on your end and on the other party's end. We trust that God will both reward your good deed and hold the other party accountable if they abused your kindness. Unfortunately, however, here on earth, we cannot prevent this from occurring. We recommend that you give the other person the benefit of the doubt and offer the event up in reparation for sins. In the future, it may be wise to take additional steps to prevent abuses. Remember that use of this site is at your own risk and that we do not mediate disputes. While we counsel forgiveness, the law may provide you with additional remedies if you seek to pursue the matter further. If so, you do so at your own expense. We are not a party to your dispute. 

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Q. I found out that the person I gave an item to requested it for someone else. Is that okay?

A. It may be. First of all, when sending item(s), you should verify that you are sending them directly to the requestor and that the requestor is capable of receiving/utilizing them lawfully (no minors!). Do NOT send your item(s) to any other party. Secondly, if a requestor is seeking your item for another person, they should (as a courtesy) notify you that they intend to give the item away after they receive it from you. You should note that items you give become the property of the other party and may be further transferred by them (even if they do not notify you of their decision to do so). You should consider carefully removing any ownership markings / postal information, etc. before sending items to protect your information, and you also should be cautious about any information on the packaging (e.g. postal information) which may be subsequently transferred to other party(ies). Remember that we are not a party to your transactions (including all transfers, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours), and we do not mediate disputes. We are not responsible for any outcome / consequence / effect, etc. - whether direct or indirect - of any transaction whatsoever (including all transfers, offers, requests, sending, receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.). You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. All requests / offers / transfers, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc. are subject to any applicable laws. All participation is at your own risk. Reminder: by using this site, you indicate agreement to all our terms.

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Q. What happens if someone is caught abusing this section in any way?

A. If we know or suspect that someone is abusing this section (or this site, or users of this site, etc.) in any way, we may prohibit them from posting in any section of this site (but we are not required to). We may also publish / disseminate any information we have obtained regarding this individual as we deem appropriate/helpful and work with law enforcement authorities for prosecution. Should we restrict your use of this site, you have no recourse (even if you are innocent). All actions taken are at our sole option and we do not need to demonstrate or prove your guilt or provide any cause whatsoever for our actions. We do not need to notify you of our actions or acknowledge your correspondence in any way. If we do not take any action [or if we take what may be deemed "inadequate" action(s)], we cannot be held responsible/liable, even if it can be shown that certain action(s) could have/would have reduced, eliminated or otherwise mitigated damages of any party. We are not required to act on or acknowledge any information / complaint / warning / request / notice, etc. regarding any individual / item / book / author / publisher / submitter / requestor / offerer / offer / request / organization / group / post / use of this site, etc. (without limitation). By using this site, you agree to all our terms.

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Q. I once gave away a book and now the person I gave it to keeps asking for more books. What should I do?

A. We recommend that you refer the person to a good Catholic charity for assistance.

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Q. I gave away a book, but I feel the person I gave it to is extremely inconsiderate or ungrateful. What do you recommend?

A. In cases like this, we think it's best to reflect on times where you may have been ungrateful to God or to others. Then, offer the experience up in reparation. Remember that you did a kindness and now have an opportunity to make the good work even more pleasing to the Lord!

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Q. I have responded to an offer, but the other party is not responsive to my e-mail. What should I do?

A. First of all, remember that individuals may check their e-mail accounts infrequently (especially if they have a special account for use on a single site like this one). Also, e-mails may get lost, accidentally deleted, filtered out, etc. Or, persons may be inundated with e-mail and may not be able to respond to each one, or their e-mail address may have changed. You may wish to send a follow up e-mail. 

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Q. May I sell or buy books here?

A. No! This section is not for the selling or buying of books. (If you want to sell or purchase books, try the commercial sections of this site.) Note: Those who violate our policies (e.g. by attempting to buy/sell books here) may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section).

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Q. Who is responsible if problems occur as a result of my use of this site? 

A. You are responsible for all problems which may occur. Use of this site is at your own risk. Click here for important information & for tips which may be helpful in mitigating some of these risks. Note that we do not mediate disputes. Also remember that you agree to assume all risks, whether foreseen or not, related to all transactions (including all transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) arising from use of this site (and related materials), without limit, and that you agree to hold us harmless for all consequences / damages / etc. - direct or indirect - which may occur as a result of use of this site (or related materials), regardless of their nature.

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Q. Can you guarantee that the person I loan to / borrow from / exchange with / transfer to / receive from, etc. is who they say they are?

A. Unfortunately, no. Information about submitters, requestors, offerers, etc. has not been verified and is not endorsed by us. We do not endorse/recommend any submitter / requestor / offerer / individual, etc. and cannot guarantee accuracy of any information. Users are advised to research books / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. independently before participation and to use great caution when participating in any loan / exchange / transfer. We are not a party to others' transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.), even if information about such transactions is contained on our site (or other materials of ours) and we do not mediate disputes. Inclusion of books, reviews, offers, items, submitters, requestors, offerers, etc. does not imply our endorsement. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. If you can't afford to - or don't want to - take such risks, you should not participate. 

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Q. You suggest that we independently research books / submitters / requestors / offerers, etc. Can you help me do so?

A. No. We cannot assist in your research. Please do not contact us for any assistance with research. [Note: Also see question below  for important information.]

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Q. Are you required to notify us if you suspect (or know of) a problem or risk regarding a particular book, publisher, author, submitter, requestor, offerer, offer, request, review, etc.?

A. No. Even if we have information concerning individuals / books / publishers / authors / offers / requests / submitters / requestors / offerers / posts, etc. which suggests - or even proves - any type of issue, problem, risk, abuse, violation, etc. you agree that we are not required to reveal such information or take any action (e.g. remove item / submitter / post / book / offer / request / requestor / offerer, etc. from site, warn others, etc.). You have no recourse to us for any consequence/damage/loss, etc. which may arise in connection with use of this site - even if you could prove that we knew or should have known about a risk / problem / issue / abuse / violation, etc. and took few, inadequate, or no steps to warn of, reduce, prevent, avoid, eliminate, or otherwise mitigate risks or damages. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / post / item, etc. - even if information about them appears on our site (or other materials of ours). You have no recourse to us for any damages which may occur as a result of use of this site. Participation in any transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) is at your own risk. If you do not want to - or cannot afford to - take such risks, you should not participate.

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Q. Since the books are listed here, are you considered a party to the transaction? What services or guarantees do you offer?

A. We are not a party to the transaction. We do not endorse / recommend any book / review / author / publisher / offer / request / requestor / offerer / submitter / item, etc., even if information about them appears on our site (or other materials of ours). We do not guarantee truthfulness or accuracy of any information. We offer no services and no guarantees. We do not mediate disputes. Use of this site is at your own risk. 

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Q. What options are provided here for the transferring of books?

A. There are three options provided here for the transferring of books: (1) "Loan for a specified period" [e.g. if submitter wants to lend out a book for certain period(s) of time, but wants it returned], (2), "Exchange for another book" (e.g. if submitter wants to trade a Catholic book for another Catholic book), and (3) "Transfer of ownership" (e.g. if submitter wants to give a book away). For details regarding transfers, you may contact individuals offering items. Remember that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. All participation is at your own risk. Please do not contact us regarding availability of items.

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Q. When exchanging, does the value of the book I give need to be the same as the value of the book I receive?

A. The value of exchanged items should be the same.

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Q. May I restrict who I lend my book to, give my book to, or exchange books with?

A. Books are yours and you may lend/exchange/transfer them as you choose (subject to any applicable laws).

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Q. Why is original pricing information prohibited?

A. Original pricing information is prohibited here as this is not a commercial section and items are not for sale here. You are, however, free to provide original pricing information (not prices for the items themselves, as they are not for sale) in your personal correspondence (as appropriate). 

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Q. What is "marketing talk" and why is it prohibited?

A. By "marketing talk", we generally mean adjectives used to describe a particular item, for example: "best ever", "super", "greatest", "most comprehensive", "top author", etc. Items are not sold in this section and therefore marketing talk should not be used. Please stick to the facts about the item.

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Q. Who may offer/provide/request/receive books?

A. To offer/provide/request/receive items, you must be a legal-aged adult (no minors) based in the U.S.A. and you must meet all our terms/requirements (click here for more information). Recipients must be able to receive all items lawfully. Transferors must be the true and lawful owner with full right to dispose of transferred items. Other restrictions may apply. All transactions (including loans, exchanges, transfers, contacts / correspondence, etc.) are subject to any applicable laws. Note: If you violate our policies, you may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section) and/or we may take other action(s) at our sole discretion, including notification of law enforcement authorities or other legal action(s).

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Q. Is there any guarantee that I will receive a book that I request?

A. No, there is no guarantee. Even if the submitter is offering many copies of a book, they may cancel their offer or run out before they receive your request. Or, the submitter may restrict their offer. In fact, there are a number of other reasons why you may not receive requested items.

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Q. I am concerned that an individual offering or requesting a book may just be attempting to gather information about me or my family. Is this possible?

A. Unfortunately, this is possible. Unscrupulous individuals may post here (or respond to posts) for the sole purpose of gathering information. They may or may not be who they say, and they may or may not live up to what they promise. They may be attempting to collect information for marketing or other purposes. They may be planning to take advantage of or harm individuals in various ways. In consideration of this, we highly recommend that you use extreme caution with regard to this section. We suggest that you use a special e-mail account exclusively for use on this site (e.g. one that you could easily abandon/change should a problem arise) and that you use a P.O. Box to help protect your private information and that you pay any shipping reimbursement/prepayment costs or deposits (where applicable) by a private money order. We strongly advise you to protect all personal information and warn you not to give out any personal facts/details, etc. Remember that use of this site is at your own risk. You have no recourse to us for any damages which may occur as a result of use of this site. (Refer also to other questions herein and to the sharing section tips for additional considerations and tips.)

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Q. Do you verify offers to lend/exchange/give books?

A. We may occasionally verify some details regarding offers at our sole option (but we are not required to do so). This may or may not occur on a random basis. If you do not respond to our verification on a timely basis, the post - and all your future posts to this site - may be automatically rejected. [Note that if we do verify details regarding your offer, we will not ask for personal information.] Users of this site, however, should assume that no details regarding offers have been verified. 

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Q. I received an item that caused an injury. Who is responsible?

A. Participation in all transfers is at your own risk. We do not guarantee that any item is safe are we not responsible/liable for any consequence which may occur as a - direct or indirect - result of use of this site. You agree to hold us harmless for all damages in connection with use of this site, regardless of their nature. Should you encounter a problem, you may attempt to resolve it with the other party. If you feel you have a just cause, you may notify law enforcement or other authorities regarding the occurrence. Remember that we are not a party to your transactions (including transfers, sending / receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.) even if information regarding the transactions appears on this site or other materials of ours, and that we do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. I am unclear about your terms regarding transfers, transactions, loans, exchanges, offers, requests, activities, sharing, etc. What do they include?

A. When we state terms such as (but not limited to): "we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes..You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions", the term "transactions" (or "transfers" or "activities" or "sharing" or "loans" or "exchanges", etc.) refers to any mailing/shipping/sending/receiving of any item, any activity, any correspondence / contact, etc. conducted in connection with use of this section (including any related materials), regardless of the initiating party. It includes posting an offer, requesting item(s), contacts / corresponding about an offer or request - or any other contact / correspondence / communication - including all contacts / dealings of any sort between any parties, offering any item(s), sending any item(s), requesting any item(s), lending any item(s), borrowing any item(s), trading any item(s), receiving any item(s), exchanging any item(s), providing any item(s), giving any item(s), use of any item(s), providing / receiving expense reimbursements / deposits, follow up, and any other activity / action (or non-action) / occurrence / contact / correspondence / outcome / consequence, etc. which occurs as a (direct or indirect) result of use of this section (or related materials), whether incidental or not, whether completed or not, whether related to the direct shipping/mailing/receiving of any item or not, without limit. Note that terms such as "your transactions", "your transfers", "others' transfers", "other's transactions", "transactions", "transfers", "sharing", "giving", "activities", "loans", "exchanges", etc. are broad terms which (generally) include all actions (and non-actions) of yourself and of others. For example, the term "your transactions" (e.g. "You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions") does include the actions and non-actions of others [e.g. their sending item(s) to you or failing to send item(s) to you, their requesting/receiving item(s) from you or failing to receive items from you, their contacting you, etc., and all other actions / non-actions / contacts / correspondence, etc. of any party, without limit). The following terms may be used interchangeably (or as much so as deemed applicable by us): transfers, transactions, activities, sharing, loans, exchanges, etc. The above terms apply regardless of who initiates the contact, and they apply whether use of the site involves posting an offer or responding to a post [whether or not any item(s) are ever requested / offered / provided / received], and they apply to any other use of the site (or related materials). The following terms may also be used in a similar manner (and interchangeably): offers, offer, item offers, offers for items, items, item, books, book, book offers, offers for books, book review, book reviews, reviews, review, etc. & requests, request, item requests, requests for items, book requests, requests for books, etc. The terms "offer(s)", "item offer(s)", "offer(s) for items", etc. are broad terms which refer to all actions (including any post / response, correspondence, etc.) and non-actions, without limit, which may include an offer for item(s) (e.g. submitting a book review/offer post, etc.), whether or not any item(s) are actually offered / provided - and regardless of the nature of any post / response / correspondence, etc. (e.g. they apply even to any "fake" / "pretend", blank, etc. posts / responses / correspondence, etc.). The terms "request(s)", "item request(s)", "request(s) for items", etc. are broad terms which refer to all actions (including any post / response, correspondence, etc.) and non-actions connected in any way, without limit, to any item offer [whether or not any item(s) are requested / received] - and regardless of the nature of any post / response / correspondence, etc. (e.g. they apply even to any "fake" / "pretend", blank, etc. posts / responses / correspondence, etc.). Note also that the terms "offer", "item offers", "item", "book", etc. may include the submitter / offerer (and anything else in any way connected with/to the offer / offerer / submitter, without limit - including, but not limited to, mailing/shipping, packaging, addressing, providing/lending/giving of items, disbursement or non-disbursement of items, receipt or non-receipt of items, use of items, research, receiving, unpacking, activities, follow up, correspondence / contacts, etc.) and the terms "request", "item request", etc. may include the requestor (and anything else in any way connected with/to the request / requestor, without limit - including, but not limited to, receiving, unpacking, receipt or non-receipt of items, use of items, borrowing of items, providing of items, mailing/shipping, packaging, addressing, disbursement or non-disbursement of items, research, activities, follow up, correspondence / contacts, etc.). Also note that the term "contacts" may be used for convenience to refer to all forms of contact / correspondence / communication / dealings with others, etc. in any form - regarding any matter, regardless of the initiating party. Also note that we may list various related terms (e.g. "transaction", "transfer", "activities", "loans", "exchanges", etc.) together in a single sentence even though one or more of the terms may include the other terms (e.g. "transactions" includes "transfers", "transfers" includes "loans" / "exchanges", "transfers" may include "subsequent transfers", etc.). Listing such terms individually does not imply that they refer to separate and distinct items. Also, note that some items may be synonyms (e.g. offerer / sender, requestor / recipient, etc.), yet each may be listed separately on occasion. This does not necessarily mean that such terms are different, but they may both be listed to make a particular point even more clear for the reader. Note: For more information regarding the terms "Submitter", "requestor", "offerer", "sender", "lender", "exchanger", "giver", "provider", "transferor", "receiver", "borrower", "transferee", "recipient", etc., click here.

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Q. I am unclear about your terms regarding loans, exchanges, and transfers. Are they the same?

A. For purposes of our terms, "transfers" includes "loans" and "exchanges". The term "transfers" also applies to items given away (and may also by applicable to deposits, etc.). Note: Also see question above.

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Q. I once lent, exchanged, borrowed, received, or gave away a book, and now I receive a lot of anti-Catholic e-mail. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. We strongly recommend that you use a special e-mail account exclusively for use on this site (e.g. one that you could easily abandon/change should a problem arise). We further recommend applying a filter to your e-mail so that you may avoid viewing offensive e-mail. You may consider reporting incidents as applicable to law enforcement authorities. You should also keep in mind Our Lord's words: "Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven." (See MT 5:11-12). And also, "I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father" (See MT 5:44-45).

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Q. My book was returned, but the other party tore pages out of it (or otherwise damaged/destroyed/mishandled it). What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transfers involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.

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Q. I lent an item and now the borrower refuses to return it. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transfers involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may notify law enforcement or seek other legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.

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Q. I have an out-of-print (or hard to find, or autographed) book. Should I lend/exchange/give it?

A. No. We recommend that you refrain from lending / exchanging / giving items which are one-of-a-kind, autographed, sentimental, hard-to-find, frail, costly to replace, etc. 

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Q. May I lend / exchange / transfer high value books here?

A. No. This section is designed for loans / exchanges / transfers of low cost items only. If you want to share large value items, consider placing an inexpensive ad in a commercial section of this site (e.g. Classifieds).  

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Q. I have many books to lend/exchange/give away. How many may I offer here?

A. We recommend that you offer only one item at a time (to help minimize your risk). However, you may offer as many items as you want, up to the maximum number permitted in this section. Click here for additional assistance.

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Q. Do you notify us of any legal requirements relating to transactions (including offers, requests, exchanges, lending/borrowing, transferring, giving/sending/receiving, contacts/correspondence, etc.)?

A. No. Users are entirely responsible for ascertaining information on and following all legal requirements (including postal requirements, tax regulations, etc.) related to any transactions (including all offers, requests, exchanges, lending/borrowing, transferring, giving/sending/receiving, contacts / correspondence, etc.). Note that requirements may vary depending upon the submitter/offerer/requestor's location, item being transferred, etc. We do not provide any legal information or advice. Please do not contact us for any legal information or advice.

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Q. I am requesting or offering a book and the other party is being unreasonable. Can you help?

A. No. We are not a party to your transactions. We do not get involved in your dealings with others or mediate disputes. Participation is at your own risk. Please do not contact us regarding problems with the other party.

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Q. I am requesting or offering a book and the other party didn't do what they promised. Can you help?

A. No. We are not a party to your transactions. We do not get involved in your dealings with others or mediate disputes. Participation is at your own risk. Please do not contact us regarding problems with the other party.

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Q. I am requesting or offering a book and the other party is not responding to my e-mail. Can you help?

A. No. We are not a party to your transactions. We do not get involved in your dealings with others or mediate disputes. Participation is at your own risk. Please do not contact us regarding problems with the other party.

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Q. What does it mean that traditional Catholic books may receive preference?

A. This means that we may give preference to reviews of traditional Catholic books. For example, a review of a traditional prayer book may receive preference over, say, a review of a modern prayer book. This especially may occur, for example, if we are restricting the number of records or if we are behind in processing (or for any other reason).

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Q. Do posts which contain offers to transfer books receive preference?

A. Posts which contain offers to transfer books (e.g. lend, exchange, give away) may receive preference over those which do not. This especially may occur, for example, if we are restricting the number of records or if we are behind in processing (or for any other reason).

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Q. Can I participate in this section without including my e-mail address?

A. If you offer or request an item, an e-mail address will be required in order to contact you regarding availability, terms, etc. Please note that, for your protection, we recommend a cautious approach to providing e-mail information and we generally recommend that you obtain a special e-mail account for use on this site. For additional considerations regarding the risks of providing e-mail addresses, click here. If you do not wish to include your e-mail address, you will be unable to exchange books in this section (although you may share Catholic books by contributing them to our 'lending library').

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Q. I know that providing my e-mail address involves risk. What do you suggest to minimize these risks?

A. We recommend that you use a special e-mail account exclusively for use on this site (e.g. one that you could easily abandon/change should a problem arise). For additional considerations and tips, click here

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Q. I have been contacted about my offer, how should I respond?

A. We recommend that you respond courteously and quickly, and with due caution. Remember that we are not a party to your transactions and do not get involved in your dealings with others or mediate disputes. Please do not contact us regarding your responses to others (or their responses to you).

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Q. I received too many responses regarding my offer, what should I do?

A. Please be courteous and, as possible, attempt to respond to all appropriate incoming messages. It may be helpful to create a standard message to save time. Remember that posts may appear on the site for any amount of time, even if the book is no longer available. Therefore, we recommend that you include a "final transfer date" in the applicable field to notify users not to contact you after that date. Unfortunately, however, there is no guarantee that you will not be contacted after that time. Note that we cannot honor requests to remove posts which are no longer applicable.

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Q. It says that the "amount charged should not greatly exceed your cost to ship". What does this mean?

A. Since items are not sold here, the amount that an individual charges for the transfer of an item should not greatly exceed the amount it actually costs to ship the item. You should not profit from lending / exchanging / giving items here. As an illustration, if it costs $3.00 in postage to ship an item and $1.00 for packaging, you may require reimbursement of $4.00. You may also add other small amounts for phone calls, gasoline, and other costs involved in the transfer (to be determined by you and agreed to in advance by the transferee), however, the total amount should not greatly exceed the cost to package and ship the item ($4.00 in the above illustration). None of the amount collected should be "profit". All of the funds collected should be for reimbursement of actual expenses occurred as a result of the loan/exchange/transfer. If you wish to sell items, or if you want to lend items at a profit, do not list them here. Instead, consider placing an inexpensive ad in one or more of the commercial sections of this site. Note that if you violate our policies, all your future posts to this site (not just this section) may be subject to auto rejection.

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Q. How can I tell the other party the amount of required shipping reimbursement if I don't know how much it will cost to ship the book?

A. You should contact the postal service (or other carrier) for rate information, packaging information, etc. before notifying the other party of the amount of reimbursement required. Be certain that the rate will not change before you are able to ship the item.

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Q. When I offer a book, am I required to ship it by the least expensive (or any particular) carrier or by any particular method (e.g. book rate)?

A. We do not require that you ship the item via any particular carrier. You may ship the item as desired or as arranged with the recipient (as permitted by law).

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Q. Should I require shipping prepayment or a shipping reimbursement?

A. The terms of all transfers are up to the parties involved and are governed by applicable laws. You should carefully consider all aspects of your transfer before engaging in any transaction. For example, if you require shipping reimbursement, what if the other party never reimburses you? If you want shipping prepayment, why should the other person trust you enough to send you funds in advance? You should reflect on these and other issues before participating in any transfers. Remember that all participation is at your own risk.

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Q. Should I require a deposit?

A. The terms of all transfers are up to the parties involved and are governed by applicable laws. You should carefully consider all aspects of your transfer before engaging in any transaction. For example, if you require a deposit, how will you return it? Under what conditions would you be entitled to keep it? Why should the other person trust you enough to send you a deposit? You should reflect on these and other issues before participating in any transactions. Remember that all participation is at your own risk.

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Q. What payment methods are acceptable for expense reimbursements/deposits?

A. Expense reimbursements/deposits should be in the form of a check or (preferably) private money order denominated in U.S. currency. Note that a private money order may better protect your personal information.

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Q. What types of expense reimbursements are there?

A. Expense reimbursements may be made before or after the other party incurs expenses. All expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). If the sending party is reimbursed before incurring expenses, the reimbursement may be termed an "advance expense reimbursement" (or prepayment) or "advance shipping reimbursement" (or prepayment). Note: The term "expense reimbursement" (or "shipping reimbursement") used in this section may apply to both types of reimbursement (that is, prepayments or reimbursements made after the fact).

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Q. If I use my own money for expenses, how can I be sure I will get reimbursed?

A. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will receive reimbursement. As indicated, use of this site involves risks. It is quite possible that you may never be reimbursed for the expenses. That's one reason why we recommend extra caution and prudence with regard to this section. Remember that we cannot guarantee that you will receive any reimbursement or guarantee anything else about any transaction (or any requestor / submitter / offerer / request / item, etc.) and we do not mediate disputes. Proceed at your own risk.

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Q. If I provide expense reimbursement or a deposit, how can I protect my personal information (e.g. bank account number, address, etc.)?

A. To help protect your personal information, it might wise to remit the funds via a private money order.

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Q. My expense reimbursement or deposit was lost/stolen/etc. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transactions involve risk. The terms of transfers are up to the individuals involved and are governed by any applicable laws. Note that it may be wise to place a stop payment on the missing reimbursement/deposit (although you may be assessed a fee). As indicated, we are not a party to others' transactions (including all transfers, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, expense reimbursements/deposits, contacts / correspondence, etc.) and we do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. Use of this site is at your own risk.

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Q. What if I provide the other party with an advance expense reimbursement and/or a deposit and they refuse to send the item or return the funds?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transactions involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.

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Q. What if I am promised reimbursement for my expenses but never receive it (or if I receive only partial reimbursement)?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transactions involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that all expense reimbursement arrangements should be specific, detailed, and agreed to in advance by all applicable parties (preferably in writing and containing appropriate original signatures). We are not a party to your transactions (including all transfers, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, expense reimbursements, contacts / correspondence, etc.) and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.

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Q. What if it takes a long time for me to receive reimbursement for expenses related to a transfer?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transactions involve risk. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to others' transactions (including all transfers, offering / requesting, sending / receiving, expense reimbursements, contacts / correspondence, etc.), and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.

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Q. I received the other party's advance shipping reimbursement / deposit. Should I send the item out immediately?

A. All transfers involve risk and the terms of all transfers are up to the parties involved (and are governed by applicable laws). Note that it may be wise (as permitted by law) to wait for a check/money order to clear before sending items.

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Q. I was charged more for shipping than what the sender spent to ship the book. Is this acceptable?

A. First of all, remember that the sender may have required reimbursement of other costs related to their shipment to you which may be acceptable (e.g. reimbursement for appropriate packaging, phone calls, etc.). The total amount, however, should not greatly exceed the cost to ship the item (see above question). If the amount greatly exceeds this cost, you may attempt to discuss this matter with the other party. Remember that they are not to sell items in this section. Note: Those who violate our policies (e.g. by attempting to profit by use of the sharing sections) may be banned from future posting on this site (not just this section). Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.

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Q. The amount I paid for shipping reimbursement is more than the book is worth. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately this may occur. Users are advised to consider this possibility in advance of any transfer. If you have a dispute regarding a transfer, you may attempt to work it out with the other party. Remember that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.

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Q. I required shipping reimbursement and the other party's check bounced. Now I am out both the shipping cost and the bank fees. What should I do?

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Q. I required advance shipping prepayment and the other party's check bounced which cost me bank fees. What should I do?

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Q. I required a deposit and the other party's check bounced which cost me bank fees. Plus, I already sent the book and now have no deposit. What should I do?

A. Regrettably, if items are transferred before a check clears, this doubly unfortunate situation may occur. Remember that all transfers involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems, you may attempt to work them out with the other party. As applicable, you may seek legal remedies. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions.

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Q. I received a book that wasn't packaged well and seems to have been damaged in transit. I paid a good amount for shipping and packaging. What should I do?

A. Unfortunately, this may occur. Remember that all transfers involve risk. If you can't afford to or don't want to take such risks, you should not participate. Should you experience problems such as this, you may attempt to work them out with the other party or with the carrier. Remember also that we are not a party to your transactions and do not mediate disputes. You are solely responsible for all consequences of your transactions. 

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Q. I provided advance reimbursement for first class mail, but the item was sent via third class mail. What should I do?

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Q. Must I provide a receipt when I require reimbursement of shipping costs or a deposit?

A. Unless required by law, you do not need to provide a receipt. However, if you have charged an individual for various costs, it is courteous to provide a receipt detailing the costs you have sought reimbursement for and it is always proper to provide a receipt for a deposit.

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