Special Circumstances for Self-Purchase or Reimbursed Paperback

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Special Circumstances for Self-Purchase or Reimbursed Paperback

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Suggestion:
Add an option for "Self-Purchase" or "Reimbursed Paperback" that allows the reviewer to wait for the book to arrive in the mail. The time period associated with this option (suggest 2 weeks with extensions as needed) should precede the 2 weeks that are initially granted for reading the book. This would eliminate any confusion as to how to answer the question of receiving the book within an hour of selecting if the book needs to be purchased online as a physical copy.

Additional Explanation:
When a reviewer selects a "Self-Purchase" or "Reimbursed Paperback", just like any other book, the user is prompted to acknowledge some form of receipt within an hour of selecting the book. Most of the time, for these two options, the reviewer will not be able to obtain a working copy of the book within an hour (need to order it online and wait for it to arrive, etc).

The only other option at the given time is for reviewers to report an error or other problem. It seems odd that this would be the intended path forward for every "self-purchase" or "reimbursed paperback." Errors should be for just those... errors. And having to wait 1 to 2 weeks for a book to arrive in the mail does not necessarily constitute a problem.

As a result, I am suggesting the above option of creating a special time period for allowing reviewers to receive a book in the mail.

Note, I understand that "Self-Purchase" can also include purchasing an electronic copy, for which the above suggestion would not be needed. My recent experience was a self purchase in which there was no electronic copy available; I could only purchase a paperback copy. So "Self-Purchase" should also be included in this category for the circumstances when a reviewer can only purchase a physical copy.

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