Georg's Log

Tue 19 July 2016

Shipping Books (in Germany)

Posted by Georg Sauthoff in misc   

There are several products for shipping books in Germany. Two products are really book specific ('Büchersendung'), they are cheap but they are slowly transported and there is no tracking. The following table compares different attributes and constraints of the products available in the market (last update: 2018-08-11).

Company Product < g w < cm h < cm d < cm w > cm h > cm constr. track. ETA
DP Büchersendung Groß 1.20 500 35.3 30 15 10 7 no 4
DP Büchersendung Maxi 1.70 1000 35.3 30 15 10 7 no 4
DP Standard Brief 0.70 20 23.5 12.5 0.5 14 9 rectangular no 1
DP Standard Brief Einsch. 2.85 20 23.5 12.5 0.5 14 9 rectangular yes 1
DP Kompakt Brief 0.85 50 23.5 12.5 1 10 7 rectangular no 1
DP Kompakt Brief Einsch. 3.00 50 23.5 12.5 1 10 7 rectangular yes 1
DP Groß Brief 1.45 500 35.3 25 2 10 7 no 1
DP Groß Brief Einsch. 3.60 500 35.3 25 2 10 7 yes 1
DP Maxi Brief 2.60 1000 35.3 25 5 10 7 no 1
DP Maxi Brief Einsch. 4.75 1000 35.3 25 5 10 7 yes 1
Hermes Päckchen 3.89 25000 long. + short. < 37 yes 2
Hermes S-Paket 4.89 25000 long. + short. < 50 yes 2
Hermes M-Paket 5.89 25000 long. + short. < 80 yes 2
Hermes L-Paket 9.99 25000 long. + short. < 120 yes 2
DHL Päckchen 1 3.79 1000 35 25 10 no 2
DHL Päckchen 4.39 2000 60 30 15 no 2
DHL Paket 2 4.99 2000 60 30 15 yes 1
DHL Paket 5 5.99 5000 120 60 60 yes 1
DHL Paket 10 8.49 10000 120 60 60 yes 1

Note that you have to print the qualifier 'Büchersendung' on the package when using those products. Also, they have to be resealable.

An address that is prefixed with 'Packstation' can only be delivered by Deutsche Post (DP) or DHL because it is their DHL parcel collection service.

Online Purchase

Buying the postage online is recommended since it is way more convenient and often also cheaper:

Update (2016-09-28): The Deutsche Post also provides a web-service for buying online postage. After a separate registration it can be used to buy postage online really fast. No tedious clicking in some web GUI anymore. I've created the open-source program frank for easily buying one or multiple stamps (including addressing) from the command line.

Tracking