Emily Post Franklin, I need advice!

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( Edited for horrid writing. Diarrhea of the keyboard, strike to the rescue!)
How does one properly inscribe a book that is a gift to mark a special occasion and say Thank You?

Should I write nicely on the title page or is that space for the author's signature? What about inside the front cover?

Is writing in a book verboten, considering that they may want to return or re-gift? What about the sanctity of a book?

Is the tactful approach a nice card detailing the meaning of the gift, leaving the book unspoiled?

Advice from Franklin, Emily Post fans, literate people, Martha Stewart, and talking sheep welcome. Tell me if I should scrawl in this book, and if so, where.

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How does one properly inscribe a book that is a gift to mark an event a special occasion and say Thank You?

Should I just write nicely on the title page or is that space only for the author's signature? What about the inside of the front cover?

Is writing in a book verboten, considering that they may want to return or re-gift? What about the sanctity of a book?

Is the tactful polite approach a nice card referring detailing to the meaning of the gift, leaving the book unspoiled?

Advice from Franklin, Emily Post fans, literate people, Martha Stewart, and talking sheep welcome. Tell me if I should scrawl in this book, and if so, where.

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If the book itself is not collectible (ie, first print Harry Potter), then I write in the book on the very first page. But maybe Emily Post would say I was being uncouth.

Thanx for wanting to send post cards...e- mail me and i'll send u my address...

I would definitely write inside the book!! And I'm kind of weird about it...when my child receives a book for a gift I ask the person who gave it to him to sign, date, and write something in it. I usually have them do it on the inside of the cover page. And if I get a book from someone I have them do the same thing for me. I love having that personal touch! I'm rambling, sorry.

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