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31 July 2007 @ 09:19 pm
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Okay, I've come up with a solution to our bizarre, "I have two books / I have none" problem.

To everyone who has one book: send it as soon as you can. If you can read it and annotate in a day, do it, but if it's a little longer then just stop, skip to the end and give whatever impression you have of it. You can try to skim through to the end without notating, but the point is you must send.

To everyone who has no books: Sit tight, they're coming. :D

To everyone who has two books: Okay, here's what we'll do. If you have two books and haven't read either, note that in the cover and send ASAP to whoever's next on your list. I mean it; don't even try to read it unless you have the time or you're certain it will only take one day. If, God forbid, you have three books now, send two ahead to the next person.

To those who receive two books: Read one as fast as you can and send it along.

I think that should work out. If there's a flaw in my plan, please go ahead and point it out, if you will.

ALSO: I've found that it is cheapest to send all parcels of books via first class. Things arrive in 5 days or so, and it cost me $3 to send two books. So long as the package weighs less than a pound, which it should since these are paperbacks, do that and it'll expedite that part of the process. It's also less expensive than media mail; one book to bribitribbit via Media Mail was $6. And, use a bubble-wrap envelope if you can; we can reuse those, and they're like fifty cents to buy.

I'm going to say we should aim for Monday being our ship-by date. All in favor?
She Who Writes: bookpetitecrivan on August 1st, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
I had better luck with media mail. It tended to be less than $2, if I remember right. If you tell them it's a book, it's cheaper.

Monday sounds fine. I can read it by then.
Is it a Cul-de-Sakic?hockeysaurus on August 1st, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
media mail also takes 4-6 weeks, at most. Really, can you please just pay the $3.50 to get it there in three days (first class)?
She Who Writes: bookpetitecrivan on August 1st, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
Does it? I think my person has been getting there books, and at the post office they told me it only takes about a week to get there.

Sorry, I'm trying to save money, and if it's matter of a day or two there isn't much point, really.
かすち: [mt] realizekasuchi on August 1st, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
Just running a quick Google search, and I tend to get opinions that swing both ways. In my experience, Media Mail is more expensive, and First Class can also be sent using simply stamps. It's really personal preference, I suppose, though I do like first class and find it much easier, especially if I ship on a Sunday. First Class also arrives in 2-3 days, while Media Mail usually takes about a week. (Prices vary by weight, so you may simply have had lighter books than I did. The Curious Incident is rather dense.)

*shrug* To each their own. Just be warned - Media Mail tends to be opened and inspected just to check and make sure that all contents are compliant with the government's regulations. Offenses are logged, and repeat violations can lead to legal action. That's the one advantage to First Class / Priority Mail that's absolute.
Chief Opposer of Filth: Geek - Bookstalimeeka on August 1st, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
I know it's not the safest thing, but I've been wrapping my books in paper grocery bags because it costs no money at all.

Can't wait for more books! Now that it's summer I've been reading all my books in a day and sending them along within a week. I know that when school starts it's going to take me much longer.
かすち: [anime] rankasuchi on August 1st, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
Well, if you get those bubble-wrap lined envelopes for the books, just reuse those since that's also cheap and easy. It also is nice because we can pass on those envelopes as well. :D
Ashley: F. models in a bookstore // gaffexopinkmoonxo on August 1st, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Well we had been thinking to have people mail on Fridays first class, so they arrive on Monday/Tuesday and they can keep them the week and mail at the end of the week.

But if everyone thinks Monday would be a day they could ship.. fine with me. I just haven't had time to make a schedule for everyone lately. The basic principle is that you should have a book about 3 days, then send it on. If you still have it by 5 days you should mail it off NO MATTER WHAT. I think we agreed in a past poll that people should mail by the end of the week (but obviously this would be fine to apply to any specific day) even if they haven't completed all their notes. It will hopefully keep us on schedule and/or motivate people to get through their books and take the swap seriously.
かすち: [atla] firekasuchi on August 1st, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
I think you misunderstood; I'm just trying to get us back on schedule, especially since I haven't gotten any books since late-June.

I'm not trying to reorganize the schedule; I'm trying to get the cogs in the machine in place so that we can keep moving.
Eatin' Babiesthefate72 on August 1st, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)