E-Mobilität für alle – jetzt auch für Ihr Geschäft
Books, brochures, sheet music and maps weighing not more than 1,000g, provided they are not intended for commercial purposes.
"Books" and "brochures", for the purposes of BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) items, are printed on paper and have a binding or cover. The pages are connected together on one side. Brochures that are stapled or glued may be attached on the back side to a paper or cardboard cover. Dust jackets or wrappers around the printed work, including a band wrapped around the dust jacket, are also allowed. Books and brochures with attached or detachable CDs are permitted as well.
"Sheet music", for the purposes of BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) items, corresponds to the common definition of sheet music and/or manuscript paper. The pages need not be bound.
"Map", for the purposes of BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) items, corresponds to the common definition of the word "map". A map is a scaled-down two-dimensional representation of the earth's surface, interior or atmosphere, or of another celestial body or outer space, or any parts thereof, containing generalizations and explanations. Maps may be made of various materials such as plastic, canvas or cardboard. The map itself, i.e., the two-dimensional representation, must be the primary component of the BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) item and be intended to serve those purposes generally served by maps. Explanations, whether in word or pictures, may comprise up to 25% of the printed surface area. Photographs or postcards of actual landscapes are not allowed.
The main dispatch item may include blurbs/advertising on the cover as well as on four consecutive pages at the beginning and end of the work. Other printed matter such as catalogs, advertising flyers or other advertisements may also be included as inserts.
For the purposes of BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) items, annual reports of commercial enterprises are considered to serve a commercial purpose and are therefore not allowed. The annual reports of public authorities, corporations, foundations, trusts and public institutions, however, are permitted, as are those of non-profit organizations and associations.
Schedules for public transport companies may be dispatched as a BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) item, but not schedules for commercial transport companies such as Deutsche Bahn, Lufthansa, etc.
Event programs and course catalogs of non-commercial institutions may be sent as a BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) item.
Calendars and yearbooks containing nothing but a calendar are not allowed. Calendars may be sent as a BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) item, however, if they contain portions of texts (articles, etc., not merely photo captions or similar items) and if the outward appearance of the calendar is that of a book. They must, at any rate, be bound on the side; calendars bound at the top are not allowed.
Workbooks and school notebooks containing large passages to be filled in by students may be sent as a BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) item. Pre-printed materials whose purpose is to gather information regarding individual characteristics in a manner similar to questionnaires, however, are not allowed.
In any Deutsche Post retail outlet or by calling our customer service telephone: +49 (0)228 4333112. For larger volumes, you may also call the business customer hotline: +49 (0)180 6 555555 (€0.20 per call from a German landline; no more than €0.60 per call from a German mobile network).
In principle, the main dispatch item may contain nothing that entices the reader to buy specific goods or services.
A commercial purpose is said to be present if, for example:
Price information or references to commercial companies or products in the work itself are allowed provided they have a clearly recognizable informative character and do not serve commercial purposes.
BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) items are intended exclusively for sending books, brochures, sheet music and maps. Of course, important factual information may also be included either as a loose insert or attached to the packaging. Examples of this type of information/enclosure include the following:
Addressed written communications (letters) may not be included in the enclosed printed documents. Examples here include the following:
In other words, any messages that can be viewed as a letter either owing to the individual contents or the outer form count as written communications (letters).
Printed corrections of misprints as well as corrections due to changes in legal regulations may still be included as loose sheets of paper. A dedication on a sheet of paper or a card may also be included.
Supplemental deliveries for loose-leaf works are allowed, provided the original work itself was allowed to be sent as a BÜCHSERSENDUNG (book) item. The loose pages of the supplemental deliveries need not be bound for dispatch.
The work may contain a dedication consisting of a brief phrase such as "In fond remembrance, the author". Brief quotations, etc., may also be added. The dedication may appear on a loose sheet of paper or a card.
BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) items must be easy to open and reclose for inspection purposes when the posted volume is less than five items of the same kind. The following types of closures can be used for this purpose:
Please be sure to package the contents of your BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) items in such a way as to protect them against damage. The inner packaging may be sealed if the contents are factory-packaged (e.g., protective wrapping for books or gift wrap). The sender is then required to make the note: Darf zu Prüfzwecken durch die Post geöffnet werden (may be opened by Deutsche Post for inspection).
The items are generally delivered no later than four working days after posting.
Some Büchersendung (book) items are too large to fit into a recipient's mailbox. If this is the case and the recipient is not at home during the delivery attempt, the item will be handled in the same way as parcels, i.e., it will be left with a neighbor or deposited at a postal outlet. A notification card will be left to inform the recipient of their item's location. The more convenient option is to have these items delivered to a Packstation. Large-sized Büchersendung (book) items, just like parcels, can also be delivered directly to a Packstation in the recipient's vicinity at no extra cost. Delivery to a Packstation must be requested during the ordering process or indicated by the sender, and the service is only available for registered Packstation users. Additional information, including how you can offer your customers this service, is available here.
You can use nearly any of the commonly available forms of franking to frank your BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) items. For greater convenience, you can also use the pre-franked BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) item labels. Or you can post these items at a Deutsche Post retail outlet and have them franked there.
These labels make sending your BÜCHERSENDUNG (book) items easier and can be ordered in our shop. Click here: Büchersendungs-Etiketten Maxi 12er Set (Maxi set of 12 Büchersendung labels)
No. As of July 1, 2019, discounts are not generally offered to frequent senders of books or merchandise.