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Subject: I confess....
Date Posted: 5/13/2009 9:45 AM ET
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I mailed a book today in the dreaded manilla envelope.  I had to mail it from work and that was all I could find. BUT I wrapped the book in a plastic bag first, then put it in an envelope.  I taped that envelope up good enough to mail (top and bottom flap) and then taped the address on the front.  Then I crunched in the edges tight around the book and put that whole thing in a second envelope and taped the second one up even better (top and bottom flap, back seam, all the edges) and then taped the mailing label to the front.  So the book doesn't move around in the package, and if the outside envelope tears, the inside envelope and the plastic can protect the book, and the address is on the inside envelope.  I hope the book mailing gods are pleased with my meager offering!

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 10:00 AM ET
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Speaking as an official hater of manila envelopes, I think it will be fine, Christa:P

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 10:37 AM ET
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I use manilla envelopes all the time.  But I don't leave the book loose in there.  I put the book in sideways and fold the envelop in half.  Then I secure all the ends well with tape and even the rounded part of the envelope fold.  I don't use those small ones that a paperback can fit in-they just aren't sturdy enough.  I have some jumbo white ones that I can put a tradesize in sideways or 2-3 MMPs.  And I have smaller ones that a MMP will go in sideways.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 10:45 AM ET
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manila envelopes are fine when plastic wrap is used and they are fitted to the book.  SOunds to me like you did a fine wrapping job.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 11:05 AM ET
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I had to mail out two yesterday in the manila because they were trade size.  I hate trade size paperbacks.  I did wrap them in plastic, but now you have me worried.  I used extra shipping tape to seal it though. 

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 11:24 AM ET
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I always mail my books in Manilla envelopes, sure beats printer paper, if you do it right.
Date Posted: 5/13/2009 11:36 AM ET
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Crista- it is only hated when someone does not tape and lets the book shuffle around in the package.  It sounds like it should arrive safely.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 1:46 PM ET
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TAPE, TAPE, TAPE is the key to wrapping books securely and of course extra security by putting the book in plastic or bubble wrap. I'm sure there won't be a problem as it sounds like you did a great wrapping job. I am consistenly frustrated when I receive books that have no protection at all and not enough shipping tape is used and the ends of the books are bent because it's all exposed.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 1:50 PM ET
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I also mail almost exclusively in manilla envelopes.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 2:14 PM ET
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No worries...I am sure it will be fine.  My first book request that I filled was a hardcover book (brand new).  Anyway, I thought I had it all figured out and sent it wrapped in a grocery bag cut to fit, neatly wrapped.   The book requests came quicker than my knowledge about the small stuff.  I was reading up on things too.  I got on the forums, found people didn't like grocery bags because they disintegrate!  Of course, I hadn't stumbled upon the plastic protection layer suggestion either. So, the book didn't have that going for it either.  It arrived just as it was sent - in excellent condition.

Date Posted: 5/13/2009 5:56 PM ET
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Most books will arrive okay.  But when using some material like manila envelopes, I cut it open and wrap the book like a present and discard the metal clasp.  I also wrap in plastic first.  This way there's no sliding around or tearing to be done since I also tape well.  I'm sure it will get there okay since you went the extra miles to help ensure it.