Shipping Books (in Germany)

There are several products for shipping books in Germany. Two products are really book specific ('Bücher- und Warensendung'), 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: 2020-06-01).

Company Product < g w < cm h < cm d < cm w > cm h > cm constr. track. ETA
DP Bücher- und Warensendung 500 1.90 500 35.3 25 5 'BÜWA' caption no 4
DP Bücher- und Warensendung 1000 2.20 1000 35.3 25 5 'BÜWA' caption no 4
DP Standard Brief 0.80 20 23.5 12.5 0.5 14 9 rectangular no 1
DP Standard Brief Einsch. 3.00 20 23.5 12.5 0.5 14 9 rectangular yes 1
DP Kompakt Brief 0.95 50 23.5 12.5 1 10 7 rectangular no 1
DP Kompakt Brief Einsch. 3.15 50 23.5 12.5 1 10 7 rectangular yes 1
DP Groß Brief 1.55 500 35.3 25 2 10 7 no 1
DP Groß Brief Einsch. 3.75 500 35.3 25 2 10 7 yes 1
DP Maxi Brief 2.70 1000 35.3 25 5 10 7 no 1
DP Maxi Brief Einsch. 4.90 1000 35.3 25 5 10 7 yes 1
Hermes Päckchen 4.30 25000 long. + short. < 37 yes 2
Hermes S-Paket 4.95 25000 long. + short. < 50 yes 2
Hermes M-Paket 5.95 25000 long. + short. < 80 yes 2
Hermes L-Paket 10.95 25000 long. + short. < 120 yes 2
DHL Päckchen S 3.79 2000 35 25 10 no 2
DHL Päckchen M 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 long. + 2 * (short + d) < 300 yes 1
DHL Paket 10 8.49 10000 120 60 60 long. + 2 * (short + d) < 300 yes 1
DHL Paket 31,5 16.49 31500 120 60 60 yes 1

Note that you have to print the qualifier 'BÜWA' on the package when using the first two products. In contrast to the previous 'Büchersendung' product those packages don't need to be resealable, anymore.

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:

The prices in the above table are all 'online' prices in case there is a difference.

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