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Help Center - How to send a book

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Sending a book involves:

  • Responding to a Request
  • Getting the address/Printing the wrapper
  • Wrapping the book
  • Applying postage to the package (if you have not chosen to print PBS Postage)
  • Mailing the package
  • Marking it Mailed before the deadline to do so


Please note:

Marking a book mailed before the deadline to do so is essential to prevent the transaction from being canceled.

  • A canceled transaction cannot be reactivated, and does not earn credit from the system.

Your deadline to mark a book mailed appears in red on the transaction for the book on your My Account page

    • The deadline will be 11:00 PM ET, 5 days after the acceptance date if you click "I can mail within two days" when accepting the request
    • The deadline will be 11:00 PM ET, 2 days after the alternate mail-by date you choose if you click "I can mail LATER" when accepting the request

Related Links:

Responding to a Request:  
How to Respond to a Request
What if I cannot mail a book?
How will I know if someone wants one of my books?
How to Use Requestor Conditions
Can I send a book later (later than the available dates OR after the date I said that I would mail)?
How do I cancel a request?

Preparing a Book for Mailing:
Getting/Printing the Address to send a Book
Can I hand-write the address to send a book?
Why is someone else's name on page 2 of the wrapper?
Wrapping a shipment for mailing
Wrapping a Trade Paperback Using the PBS Wrapper
May I include anything with my book?

Mailing a Book:
How much does it cost to mail a book?
Is the postage amount shown on the PBS wrapper always correct?
Can I send a book to a friend?
Do I have to mail from a post office?
Is it OK to reuse uncanceled postage stamps?
Using an APC for mailing books

After the Book Has Been Mailed:
Marking a Book Mailed
When will I get my credit for sending a book?
My book has been mailed. Am I done?
I mailed my book! Why am I getting emails asking me to mail it?

Problems with Sending a Book:
My request was canceled but I already mailed the book!
What if I miss a request?
If you get a request in email, but can't find it in your account...
I can't mark my book mailed!
I forgot the postage!
I sent a book to the wrong person!
If you can see a book on your Bookshelf but can't find it by searching PaperBackSwap...
A requestor says there is a problem with a book I sent!
A book I sent has been called 'lost in the mail'!


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