Shipping Books: Everything You Need to Know

Whether you are selling books online, participate in a book exchange or are sending a book as a gift; learning the correct way to package and send a book can save you much time and money. At ParcelHero, our passion is shipping and we want to help you send your parcels wherever they need to go.

 

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Sending Parcels Packaging Materials

Depending on the type of book you are sending there are different materials you will need. Ensuring your book is properly packaged is important to prevent any damages that may occur in transit. If you have bought your book new, then the last thing you want is your item to turn up with blemished or a ripped dust jacket.

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Polystyrene CHipsHow to Pack Your Book:

Paperback: If you are sending a paperback book, all you need is a small padded envelope to simply slide the book inside. The padded interior safeguards the book from any damaging knocks it may pick up as it travels and keeps your package small enough to fit through a letterbox.


Hardback: Hardback books tend to have dust jacket, using a small padded envelope greatly increases the chances of ripping the dust jacket. When you send a hardback, locate a large envelope the opens on the side, this will allow you to slip the book in the envelope and remain confident that you have lessened the likelihood of any damage.


Large Books: For larger books such as text books, reference books and cooking books; find the smallest cardboard box that will comfortably fit your item. The bigger your box, the more you will have to pay for postage. Some books will fit comfortably inside the box and need only a single layer of packaging paper or bubble wrap to keep it in a pristine condition.


Step 2: If you have a book that doesn’t fit inside the box perfectly, then wrap the book up in packaging paper to make sure that it doesn’t open and the pages do not get bent or ripped. These books will require more packaging paper or bubble wrap to stop it moving around during transit. So place your book at the bottom of the box and add the packaging materials you have to hand and fill the box up.


Step 3: If you have a book that doesn’t fit inside the box perfectly, then wrap the book up in packaging paper to make sure that it doesn’t open and the pages do not get bent or ripped. These books will require more packaging paper or bubble wrap to stop it moving around during transit. So place your book at the bottom of the box and add the packaging materials you have to hand and fill the box up.


Step 4: Once you have filled your box, simply use tape to close the box up. We recommend that you use one big strip to secure the seam and smaller strips on the sides of the top to prevent a book breakout.

 

sHIPPING lABELSending Your Book

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The final stage of sending your book is to schedule your collection and delivery. We recommend using ParcelHero as we offer you both the cheapest shipping in the UK and plenty of options to suit your needs.

 

Step 1: Start by entering the dimensions and weight of your parcel, if you are sending more than one package then you can enter that information at this stage.


Step 2: Next, describe the contents of your parcel and enter your collection and delivery addresses. If you want to add any more insurance over the free £50 insurance that ParcelHero offer then you can do that at this stage also.


Step 3: Once you have entered your payment details, simply print off the labels that you are sent and attach them to your box.


Step 4: If you booked a collection, wait for your courier to arrive and get on with your day. Otherwise drive to the drop-off location that you chose and let the couriers do the rest.

 

If you are concerned about tracking your parcel, then choose an option like ParcelHero where you are offered real-time tracking as standard.

 

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