The Tool Chest Box ’em Up, Move ’em Out: A Guide to Shipping Options

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July 2012
by Peter Goodman

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Until our industry is taken over by e-books, transported instantly as weightless electrons over waves and wires, we publishers will continue to physically ship and schlep our books all over the country and around the world. Few publishers or booksellers believe the printed book will ever disappear completely, and with the percentage rise of e-books actually slowing down in recent months, the challenge of moving books from one place to another will surely be with us for a long time to come.

It takes physical effort to prepare shipments and paperwork. You have to buy supplies like boxes, labels, and packing filler. Freight bills, especially for overnight and second-day deliveries, are very high even for low-weight packages—and astronomically high for those full cases of new books you need to get to that bookstore event the next day.

Plus, it’s frustrating just figuring out the best way to ship, since much about shipping is counterintuitive: short distance is not always cheaper, nor is faster always more costly….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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