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Subject: Media Definition
Date Posted: 8/2/2010 8:12 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/2/2010 10:21 AM ET
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The PO says magazines are not mailable with media mail even if they do not have ads. That is just one of the reasons they are not mailable MM, the other is simply the fact that they ARE magazines.

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 10:42 AM ET
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Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 4:38 AM ET
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You could mention them in your bookshelf header, or in the Book Bazaar discussion forum, or even in your forum signature, and offer to send one free with an order from your shelf.

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 1:04 PM ET
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I realize this is moot since, media mail won't allow it ... but I would be a bit upset if someone started tossing in their old magazines with a book order. Imagine if everyone did that? I'm not your (collective you) depository for magazines that you don't have room for. Please don't even consider doing this if you use First Class.

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 8:33 PM ET
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I'm with Susan, I'd be upset, too. While the thought of sharing is a fine one, they would be put to better use, in my opinion, if they were recycled - but not by me. Magazines can be weighty and would just add to your cost of mailing a book.

Frankly, I don't want anything with my books, including bookmarks, I have a slew of those and reuse them until they're limp. I'll never run out.

Gail, knowing it's way too early to be a Grinch

Date Posted: 8/4/2010 4:38 AM ET
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It wouldn't hurt to ask people, tho. Not everyone would object to receiving the mags that you are done with. Certainly, of course, depends on the mag and whether it is of interest to the requestor or not, so you would really have to send a PM first. I know personally, I'd be very happy to receive cooking mags after someone else is done with them. I can't afford a subscription myself, so the hand-offs would be greatly appreciated.

Since I'm not sure what your "literary mags" are about, it would totally depend on that. If they are like reviews and such of current best sellers or such like that, you probably would find a lot of people interested in them, but like I said, I don't know what they have in them, so I couldn't really say.

Date Posted: 8/4/2010 10:06 AM ET
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I would be thrilled to receive a free issue of The Sun - so I think the best solution would be to ask. 

I asked TPTB about McSweeney's a while ago (while we're on the subject), and they said the Quarterly is postable, due to its lack of ads and bookish demeanor. 

Date Posted: 8/4/2010 6:25 PM ET
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"Periodicals" cannot be mailed at Media Mail rate, but they could go First Class, Priority, or Parcel Post.