Shipping updates for Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, and more

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If you have an APO, FPO, or PO Box address, then today is your lucky day. Blurb is now able to ship to you. We have heard from Blurbarians in the Forums, in the blog, in our Suggestions and Feedback box, and have some great news. After working with our shipping network and print partners, we now offer the U.S. Postal Service as a limited option. And for those of you shipping to Hawaii, Alaska, the U.S. Territories, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil, you’ll now be able to use USPS as well.

For those of you clamoring for USPS across the states, due to logistical challenges across our printer network, USPS will not be available to residential and business addresses in the U.S. Continental 48. You will still receive three trackable options that are priced in-line with the USPS options.

In addition to adding USPS to our shipping network, you will notice a simplified manner in which we display shipping options. In almost all cases, regardless of region, you should receive three options: an economical non-trackable option, a middle-tiered premium option, and an express option. We hope to continue to meet the needs of our customers, both those looking for a cost-effective solution and a willingness to forego trackable packages, and those who are on a schedule and want the peace of mind a trackable service affords.

Our shipping prices have always included materials, handling, shipper specific surcharges, and ever-rising fuel costs. We track our shipping expenses closely, and will continue to work with our partners to further expand our options and bring shipping costs down whenever possible.

You can find more information on our Shipping page.


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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    By Scott at APO
      May 16, 2008 – 2:35 am   Permalink
  2. Thank you!

      May 16, 2008 – 9:25 am   Permalink
  3. OMG !!! Thank you , the dogs thank you, you are awsome!!!!

    I will send out emails to all the people that wanted to order after I place this next order. I hate fulfillment! THANK YOU !

    Forever Home:adopted dogs and the humans who love them.


      May 16, 2008 – 10:14 am   Permalink
  4. Please let me know if you can ship to Bermuda.



    By Dawn
      May 20, 2008 – 3:10 pm   Permalink
  5. Thank you. Just in time for my next order.

      May 21, 2008 – 11:40 am   Permalink
  6. I would like to be able to use Fedex. UPS has the hidden charges of customs brokerage while Fedex does not. Please include Fedex as an available option to Canada.

    By Robert
      May 21, 2008 – 12:58 pm   Permalink
  7. Thank you SO much for helping us Canadians escape the UPS pirates. You have won my undying loyalty!!!

    By Gordon
      May 21, 2008 – 2:47 pm   Permalink
  8. Hi Robert,

    We no longer use UPS for Canadian orders, so your customs problems should definitely ease up with our new USPS option. And regarding FedEx, we are always looking for ways to improve our shipping, so your feedback is very much appreciated.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      May 21, 2008 – 5:31 pm   Permalink
  9. Thanks! That helps alot to us lowly farm girls stuck in the boonies!

      May 21, 2008 – 5:38 pm   Permalink
  10. What am I missing here? I live in Canada and the last 3 books that I ordered each arrived at my door delievered by UPS without any additional charges. Now I am forced to use USPS initially and cannot trace lost books plus I am now at the mercy of our canadian post office who use outside contractors to deliever parcels and based on my experience with this service, I will now have real issues as to when the book arrives if it does and what condition the book will be in. The base price with no tracking and very slow is now $9.OO compared to the $11.00 that I paid for UPS with tracking and the book arriving in one piece. Of course now for just $20.00 I can track my book and have piece of mind as to how my book arrives.

      May 21, 2008 – 7:38 pm   Permalink
  11. Thank you so damn much for USPS shipping to Canada.

    I have been complaining loudly for this “feature” for years.

    Blurb: 1 UPS: 0

      May 21, 2008 – 9:11 pm   Permalink
  12. Thank you so much for adding this feature!

      May 22, 2008 – 5:07 am   Permalink
  13. I’ve ordered 4 books from Blurb in the past and been very happy with the quick and traceable UPS shipping. I’m not sure why any change was needed and particularly if it is more expensive. I’ve been 100% satisfied with things the way they were and have commented positively to my friends about this several times. I hope whatever you have done to change this has not changed the wonderfully quick, traceable service I have had through UPS.

    By John Geddes
      May 22, 2008 – 10:14 am   Permalink
  14. I see you are also including Argentina and Brazil. Any chance of including South Africa as well? UPS is ridiculously expensive for shipping there and USPS would work fine.

    You would really create a whole bunch of happy customers if you make this change!!

    By Kobus Ehlers
      May 26, 2008 – 2:06 am   Permalink
  15. A few people are wondering what others are talking about when they complain of UPS brokerage fees. You were never a victim of this unless you ordered more than a couple of books in any particular order. There is a cut off point for the value of any shipment (I believe <$20) where courier companies by default need NOT collect local taxes or charge brokerage. So, if you order 1 or 2 books only at a time, you were pretty much always safe. However if you often ordered multiple copies (4 or more), you were pretty much guaranteed to incur the extra fees (which were always much more than the cost of the shipping itself).

      May 27, 2008 – 9:27 am   Permalink
  16. This is surely a great news ,I would like to know if you ship it to United Arab Emirates as well ??

    By Ambreen Jamil
      May 28, 2008 – 7:43 pm   Permalink
  17. I have an inquire about the delivery service. I live in the Philippines, I would like to know how I would receive my order. is it deliver through door to door? ASAP Thank

    By vivian lim
      June 7, 2008 – 12:25 am   Permalink
  18. Do you ship to Melbourne, Australia?
    How much to postal code 3161?

      June 8, 2008 – 7:03 am   Permalink
  19. While I appreciate the efficiency of Blurb’s shipping, the charges are still bordering on prohibitively expensive. I almost as much for shipping as I did for the 7×7 softcover! (11.05 shipping for a 12.95 book). If it were mailed USPS, Priority mail with delivery confirmation, I’m coming up with around $5.50 for delivery charges in the United States, west coast to east coast. I paid twice that. While I’m willing to support Blurb by paying a couple of dollars for packing and materials, double that charge is seems a bit much.

    By Nicole
      June 10, 2008 – 9:24 am   Permalink
  20. When I ordered my book, you recommended I only buy the first proof of the book.
    That would cost me $9.90 shipping. I ordered five of the book, and paid $9.90 shipping. It just doesn’t seem worth it to be paying that much money for one book. I never understand what the reason is that you cannot ship Media Mail with delivery confirmation like all other booksellers. What is the reason? Can I hear it again? As I don’t think I’ve ever understood it.
    Especially for the FIRST PROOF.

    By Angela
      June 10, 2008 – 11:07 am   Permalink
  21. Hi Angela,

    Simply put and as mentioned in the blog post, we are unable to offer USPS for standard domestic shipments because USPS is not universally supported across our printer network. We are always working on shipping options, just as we’re always working on BookSmart, the web site, and so on. Look for more tweaks in the future.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      June 10, 2008 – 11:39 am   Permalink
  22. I ve ordered three books,but I have to have it sent to my daughter in the US.who then sent it by USPS,and I get them in 5 days, Why can’t you send it to a country like Nigeria and save us the trouble of sending to the US first.Double cost.Dapo Ojo

    By Dapo Ojo
      June 10, 2008 – 3:07 pm   Permalink
  23. Please think of your friends in Bermuda. More people would like to do this but we have to ship to an American address which ships it to our Bermuda Address and that adds to the cost because it is double shipping. Everyone I show my books like how professional they look. Keep up the good work and I await the day for direct shipping to Bermuda

    By Geneva Ingham
      June 10, 2008 – 3:45 pm   Permalink
  24. hm.

    I need to ship books to europe, but now the only trackable one is the premium.
    If I recall correctly, this is worse than before.
    Am I wrong ?


      June 10, 2008 – 9:09 pm   Permalink
  25. I just placed an order for my next book. I opted for the Economy shipping option to Canada at $6.00 instead of $19 or $40+ for the alternatives. My previous books came by UPS and were trackable and the cost was about $12. Why can’t I still have this option? The cost was reasonable and the shipping trackable. I never had any problems with UPS. I think the today’s options are poor ones!

    By Peter Davidson
      June 14, 2008 – 5:04 am   Permalink
  26. i see you have new shipping boxes. I have ordered several booksfrom you which are beautiful, but EVERYONE of them has come in with a dented corner. very small but nerver the less customers are kind of picky. especially when it’s a wedding album. May i suggest a better box. I used shutterfly before and their boxes for shipping are awesome. the corners are protected and they don’t look any more expensive than yours. (both your old and new one). I hope to use your business often but i am concerned with the damaged corners, i know you can return them but its time and a hassle. please think about it. sincerely, kelli
    P>S> how do we get around powder marks(dents)on the pages?

      June 17, 2008 – 10:20 am   Permalink
  27. Following my post of June 14, my book arrived via USPS today – June 26 having been shipped on June 20 so maybe USPS is perfectly fine after my earlier concerns. Thank you Blurb!

    By Peter Davidson
      June 26, 2008 – 7:08 am   Permalink
  28. Have you think on adding shipping to Chile? Please, that would be great! Here, prices for a book are really prohibite, a book starting from USD $90! Hope you could add shipping to here :S

      July 27, 2008 – 1:08 pm   Permalink
  29. I’m one of these people who after putting hours and hours into making a great book, likes to be able to track it when it is shipped. Call me paranoid if you like but I like to know where it is and have some recourse if things go astray (which in todays world is not uncommon). My April 23 order came UPS trackable for $15.17. To duplicate that order today the LOWEST trackable (only trackable actually) rate would be $53.55 (in 1-3 days which is a lot faster I will say but at a real premium). Thats 252% more. This is forcing me to use non-trackable shipping (Priority $20.79 or Economy $9.99) and I am not happy about that especially when I could send the same order to Europa for about $19 trackable and a faster ship time. So why are Canadians having to now pay such a horrendous premium for a trackable option? Can you please find a more affordable trackable shipping rate for Canada?

    By Holly Mikulik
      August 7, 2008 – 7:18 am   Permalink
  30. Hi, I’m wondering if you send this book to Venezuela, and if yes with media will you use? USPS or UPS?
    and what will be the prices?
    Thank you!

      August 25, 2008 – 4:02 pm   Permalink

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