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Subject: Tiny Books
Date Posted: 8/2/2011 4:30 PM ET
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You know when there are those little tiny boxes near the bookstore register that come with a book about some activity or hobby and include a few small items too? Well, I have some of those but the boxes have been opened and the items used, lost, or gifted, leaving me with only the little tiny books.

My question is are posting those little books allowed and, if so, have you posted any? The books have ISBN numbers and I have found a few on PBS. But I feel really weird about posting a book that fits in the palm of my hand on PBS for a whole credit.

Date Posted: 8/2/2011 4:50 PM ET
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I believe that they have to have the accompanying material with them. For instance: if it's a book with instructions on how to make a beaded bracelet, and the beads and string are no longer with the book, then it's not postable.

Date Posted: 8/2/2011 6:34 PM ET
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The difference between "media materials" and "non-media materials" refers to items that the Post Office allows to be mailed using the media mail rate versus materials that are excluded.  Here's the help doc wording on this question:

Books that originally came with accompanying media Materials: Yes IF the accompanying materials are included

  • A book with accompanying audiocassettes (for example) will earn 1 credit.
  • A book with accompanying cassettes or CDs is not an "audiobook".  An audiobook is a book read aloud by a narrator.
  • If the listing for the book indicates that the book comes with accompanying media materials (CD, VHS, cassette, DVD), all materials must be posted with the book.  If you do not have the accompanying materials, the book cannot be posted alone.
  • The accompanying media materials (without the book) also cannot be posted alone.

Books that require accompanying NON-Media Materials to be usable: NO

  • Non - media items cannot be sent by Media mail
  • Example: a book that requires a decoder for its proper use.  Such a book must not be posted here.

Books that originally came with NON-Media Materials that are not necessary for the book to be useful: YES and the non-media items are not required to accompany the book

  • As long as the materials are not REQUIRED to use the book (ie, jewelry), these CAN be posted here. 
  • The requestor should NOT expect original non-Media items to accompany the used book.

 

If you decide the book is postable under the rules, you'd still have to decide whether you want to post it or not.  If you'd be disappointed spending a credit on the book, then an alternative is to post several of them as a deal in the Book Bazaar.

Date Posted: 8/2/2011 9:15 PM ET
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Thanks guys! You cleared that up!

Date Posted: 8/2/2011 11:10 PM ET
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Maybe list them as freebies with any book order?



Last Edited on: 8/2/11 11:10 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/2/2011 11:12 PM ET
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I ordered one such book on here and the sender sent me a PM telling me that it did not have the materials, so you could do it that way. 

Date Posted: 8/2/2011 11:38 PM ET
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I decided to post the little book on the Random Acts of Kindness forum, and I'll probably do the same with any other little books I find, but thanks for the ideas.



Last Edited on: 8/2/11 11:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/3/2011 1:54 AM ET
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Those little bitty books ... my brain is trying to remember something about them in the mail.   Like maybe there's a minimum size for Media Mail and some don't qualify????   Members padding them to be big enough to mail?  Or maybe it was a rigidity issue?

Does anyone remember that thread/discussion?



Last Edited on: 8/3/11 1:55 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/3/2011 4:02 AM ET
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Maybe you're thinking of delivery confirmation?

 

Are there any requirements to use Delivery Confirmation?

Yes.   The package must be at least 3/4 of an inch thick ("at its thickest point"), according to USPS Delivery Confirmation Regulations, and is being sent to a USPS-validated address.

  1. "rigid" (most books are)
  2. be greater than 6" x 3" x 1/4 " in dimension
  3. weigh more than 6 ounces


If you are concerned that your package does not meet the dimensional criteria above, you can always "bulk up" its dimensions with lightweight material that will not add significant weight (for example, Styrofoam, crumpled plastic bags or paper).

Date Posted: 8/3/2011 1:42 PM ET
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That may have been it, thank you Patty!