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Subject: I have twenty childrens books in a box ready for a shipping label
Date Posted: 12/20/2007 3:01 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/20/2007 9:59 AM ET
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Just a note about bookmarks...if you send them w/ the books, you cannot send the books via Media Mail.

Date Posted: 12/20/2007 10:39 AM ET
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While I do appreciate the thoughtfulness of your comment, I have inquired at three different post offices (one in CA, two here in TX) about the inclusion of a bookmark with media mail and have been told that it is acceptable. I did go online and doublecheck the USPS website, and the way I read it, it seems that they may be included. Can you tell me where you get your information as I would like to be sure.

2.4 Attachments and Enclosures 2.4.1 Invoice

An invoice, whether it also serves as a bill, may be placed either inside a Media Mail piece or in an envelope marked "Invoice Enclosed" and attached to the outside of the piece if the invoice relates solely to the matter with which it is mailed. The invoice may show this information:

a. Names and addresses of the sender and addressee.

b. Names and quantities of the articles enclosed, descriptions of each (e.g., price, tax, style, stock number, size, and quality, and, if defective, nature of defects).

c. Order or file number, date of order, date and manner of shipment, shipping weight, postage paid, and initials or name of packer or checker.

2.4.2 Incidental First-Class Mail Attachments and Enclosures

Incidental First-Class Mail matter may be enclosed in or attached to any Media Mail piece without payment of First-Class Mail postage. An incidental First-Class Mail attachment or enclosure must be matter that, if mailed separately, would require First-Class Mail postage, is closely associated with but secondary to the host piece, and is prepared so as not to interfere with postal processing. An incidental First-Class Mail attachment or enclosure may be a bill for the product or publication, a statement of account for past products or publications, or a personal message or greeting included with a product, publication, or parcel. Postage at the Media Mail rate for the host piece is based on the combined weight of the host piece and the incidental First-Class Mail attachment or enclosure.

2.4.3 Loose Enclosures

Any printed matter that is mailable as Standard Mail may be included loose with any qualifying material mailed at the Media Mail rates.

2.4.4 Enclosures in Books

Enclosures in books mailed at Media Mail rates are subject to these additional standards:

a. Either one envelope or one addressed postcard may be bound into the pages of a book. If also serving as an order form, the envelope or card may be in addition to the order form permitted by 2.4.4b.

b. One order form may be bound into the pages of a book. If also serving as an envelope or postcard, the order form may be in addition to the envelope or card permitted by 2.4.4a.

c. Announcements of books may appear as book pages. These announcements must be incidental and exclusively devoted to books, without extraneous advertising of book-related or other materials or services. Announcements may fully describe the conditions and methods of ordering books and may contain ordering instructions for use with a separate order form. Up to three of these announcements may contain as part of their format a single order form, which may also serve as a postcard. The order forms permitted with these announcements are in addition to, and not in place of, order forms that may be enclosed under 2.4.4a or 2.4.4b.

2.5 Written Additions

Markings that have the character of personal correspondence require, with certain exceptions, additional postage at the First-Class Mail rates. The following written additions and enclosures do not require additional First-Class Mail postage:

a. The sender's and the addressee's names, occupations, and addresses, preceded by "From" or "To," and directions for handling.

b. Marks, numbers, names, or letters describing the contents.

c. Words or phrases such as "Do Not Open Until Christmas" and "Happy Birthday, Mother."

d. Instructions and directions for the use of the item mailed.

e. A manuscript dedication or inscription not having the nature of personal correspondence.

f. Marks to call attention to words or passages in the text.

g. Corrections of typographical errors in printed matter.

h. Manuscripts accompanying related proof sheets and corrections of proof sheets including corrections of typographical and other errors, changes in the text, insertions of new text, marginal instructions to the printer, and corrective rewrites of parts.

i. Handstamped imprints, unless the added material is in itself personal or converts the original matter to a personal communication.

j. Matter mailable separately as Standard Mail printed on the wrapper, envelope, tag, or label.

Date Posted: 12/20/2007 3:32 PM ET
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Good research there Dartha!

I work for the post office. The bookmarks are acceptable as is a personal note which I have heard many say is not acceptable. I sent along a notecard with a letter in a box of books to my girlfriend-acceptable.

Date Posted: 12/21/2007 11:50 AM ET
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Thank you, Christine! It is great to hear that from another postal worker. And may I take this opportunity to tell you and your co-workers how very much I appreciate the wonderful work you guys all do! Merry Christmas!

Date Posted: 12/22/2007 10:44 PM ET
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***I really want to change my forum signature to something else.

Date Posted: 12/22/2007 10:58 PM ET
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What kind of books are they?  For what age approximately?  More for boy or girl?

Date Posted: 12/22/2007 11:36 PM ET
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They are all the children's books that are posted to my shelf here. I would say probably around 4th-6th grade average reading level for boys and girls.