Book Condition Guide

Candescent Books guarantees the condition of each book as it is described and photographed at purchase. Great consideration is taken to display accurate photographs and descriptions of imperfections or enhancements specific to each book on its product page. This is done to encourage a thoroughly informed decision prior to your purchase. 

It is typical for used books to have certain imperfections such as missing parts or materials. 

Like New and Very Good book wear is normal for typical book use

Like New - Book may have been read; looks new; no defects; pages may have been folded

Like New* - inscribed by author or signed by author

Very Good - Book is clean; may show slight wear at edges of book or dust jacket; pages may have been folded or marked

Good - Book shows sign of apparent wear; all pages are present; minor defects may include: chipped or missing dust jacket, slightly torn or chipped cover, owner's inscription, light water stains.

Good* - minor defects are evident

Fair - Book may have defects to a greater degree, such as: highlighting/ markings, water stains, very damaged or missing jacket, very damaged cover, cracked spines, loose bindings. 

If you have any questions about a book's condition, please email customer service at Please see our refund and return policy, if you have an issue with your book purchase.