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Date Posted: 8/12/2013 8:36 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/12/2013 10:17 PM ET
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I've not heard of this issue before, I think perhaps it's just an odd streak.  Alternately there is a possibility that the post office is misreading your labels?  I'm sorry you are having such poor luck lately with your books.

Date Posted: 8/12/2013 10:27 PM ET
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I've received some books recently that were handwritten, and they were received in a timely manner, so no problems here.

Are you writing or printing in block-type letters?  The block-type letters might be better for reading the address. Good luck. Pat

Date Posted: 8/12/2013 11:17 PM ET
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The printed labels do have the bar code along the bottom, which seems to make them move faster through the sorting process.  But not arrive?  That seems unusual.   

Date Posted: 8/13/2013 12:14 AM ET
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I handwrite.  No problems.  Books arrive promptly.

Date Posted: 8/13/2013 1:13 AM ET
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I have received a number of books with a handwritten address & they made it to me just fine.

Date Posted: 8/13/2013 1:18 AM ET
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Make sure that your handwriting is crystal clear. My DH has atrocious handwriting but he thinks it is fine. I don't let him fill out any forms anymore because after many years of wrong addresses and misspellings engendered by his handwriting, I finally got tired of it.
Date Posted: 8/13/2013 1:39 AM ET
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Yeah, I handwrite most of my labels and have no problem with books getting where they're going promptly. Make sure your handwriting is clear.  No cursive. Double check your spelling and make sure you're not swapping numbers around. Then triple check it. ;-)

Date Posted: 8/13/2013 8:53 AM ET
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You might want to put tape over the address too do keep the ink from running or disappearing when it gets wet. I receive books with handwritten labels quite often and I wonder sometimes how that particular book ever made it to me with the way the address looked-messily written, super light in pencil, smeared etc..,

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Date Posted: 8/14/2013 12:46 PM ET
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Also, please make sure that whatever you're writing the labels with is waterproof. Even if you put tape over the label, if moisture creeps in from the ends of the tape, part or all can become illegible. Sharpie markers come in an extra-fine point that's indelible, and you can even get a multicolor pack.

Date Posted: 8/14/2013 6:38 PM ET
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My DH has atrocious handwriting but he thinks it is fine. I don't let him fill out any forms anymore because after many years of wrong addresses and misspellings engendered by his handwriting, I finally got tired of it.

My DH filled out the birth certificate forms for our DD, and as a result her name is misspelled on her birth certificate.  Try sorting that one out!

Date Posted: 8/15/2013 11:05 AM ET
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I have received a few books with hand-written addresses and sent a few, all without problems. I always put clear tape over the address.