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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
A New Adventure: Mailing a Book to Canada
photo by RealPhotoItaly via Dollar Photo Club
A few weeks ago, I shipped a paperback
copy ofBlue Hydrangeasto a reader in Canada for the first
time. It was a bit more complicated and expensive than shipping books to
addresses in the U.S.
My ebooks are sold and delivered to
readers all over the world, including Canada, which is a market I'd love to
penetrate because they're neighbors and speak and read English. Distributing
ebooks globally is a no-brainer because the costs are minimal and delivery is
immediate. Print books are another matter.
First of all, Canada does not have
Media Mail, so it cost $10.45 rather than the usual $2.69 (this did not
include the cost of shipping materials or my time.) The book I sent
was a review copy so the cost was on me. If I were to sell a paperback book to
a Canadian reader I would have to charge them the $10.45 shipping fee and a
materials fee of 1.50, bringing the total cost of the book to $23.95. Seems a
steep price for a paperback even to me.
I also had to fill out a Customs Form,
something else new. According to the USPS website, you generally need a customs form for all international mail and parcels.
Which form you need depends on the service you’re using and the declared value
of your package. This was easy: It was a book.
And the mail clerk covered the package
with all kinds of stamps, postage and otherwise. He also told me it would take
5-7 days for the package to arrive, which is what it takes for books shipped
within the States. I shipped June 26th and received word the package arrived
For more info on shipping a book
internationally from the USPS please visit theirwebsite.
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