You asked for it: Cheaper shipping to Asia, Australia, Europe, and New Zealand

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The Swiss are known for their diplomacy, watches, cheese, banking, army knives, and chocolate. Now, you get to experience their superb postal service.

The Swiss Post is Blurb’s newest shipping option. Blurbarians in Asia, Australia, Europe, and New Zealand asked for a cheaper, non-trackable shipping method and after much research, we determined that the Swiss Post is the best solution. Here are a few sample prices based on the purchase of an 8X10, 20-page Blurb book:

Shipping to the UK
Swiss Post Economy: €5,75
Swiss Post Post Priority: €6,52
UPS Standard: €13,68

Shipping to Italy
Swiss Post Economy: €8,22
Swiss Post Post Priority: €9,35
UPS Standard: €17,89

Shipping to Sweden
Swiss Post Economy: €7,82
Swiss Post Post Priority: €8,45
UPS Standard: €23,58

Shipping to Australia
Swiss Post Economy: €7,90
Swiss Post Post Priority: €8,66
UPS Express Saver: €43,26

Shipping to Hong Kong
Swiss Post Economy: €11,90
Swiss Post Post Priority: €13,42
UPS Express Saver: €43,26

It’s important to remember that the Swiss Post shipping method isn’t trackable like the UPS method we offer. Once your books leave the printer, you will not be able to follow the delivery status or troubleshoot lost orders. (Keep this in mind when you order books needed in a timely manner.) For more info, take a look at our updated Pricing and Shipping page.

And to end on an even sweeter note, the Swiss take mail and chocolate so seriously that they combined the two. We’re not saying that was a deciding factor, but come on … that’s a mail solution after our own heart/sweet tooth.

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  1. To celebrate this great news, I’ve just ordered one of my books – ‘The Art of Respect’. Timing from today so let’s see how long it takes!

    By Mike
      October 1, 2007 – 9:21 pm   Permalink
  2. Excellent news

    By P
      October 2, 2007 – 1:01 am   Permalink
  3. Dear Blurb,

    This is great news for Australians. Blurb books are much more economical and better quality than anything available here (impossible to get a book over 40 pages in Australia) but the shipping costs were prohibitive before. Now that shipping rates are reasonable I will be ordering a whole bunch more books and telling all my friends and blog readers too! Well done and thanks for listening to our feedback.

      October 2, 2007 – 5:21 pm   Permalink
  4. Great news! Thanks for listening!
    Now I can finally re-upload the first book I created but didn’t order because of the shipping rates! Sadly I’ve missed the first book promo discount…….

    By HazelW
      October 2, 2007 – 7:08 pm   Permalink
  5. Interesting and definately better however i have just added an item to my cart and shipping is still more than stated here, here are the prices

    Swiss Post Economy (nontrackable option) €14,16
    Swiss Post Priority (nontrackable option) €15,68
    UPS Express Saver €46,97
    UPS Express €47,91

    By michael_
      October 2, 2007 – 8:43 pm   Permalink
  6. yay! thaks so much for listening! I was one of those people who wrote in about this and am so glad you did something about it :)
    Fantastic stuff!

    By Peta
      October 2, 2007 – 9:53 pm   Permalink
  7. We ask, you listen!
    That’s the way it has to be.
    And this is a win for us but also a win for you.
    To demonstrate this, I’ll re-upload a book created before vacations and I’ll order it.

    Now, we European, are more confident that you will also listen our request for the “Set Your Price” program activation outside US…

    Well done Blurb Team!

      October 2, 2007 – 10:16 pm   Permalink
  8. NOW you’re talkin’! Thanks for the effort. This is good news.

      October 2, 2007 – 11:22 pm   Permalink
  9. Thanks Blurb, really happy to hear about the new shipping rates. I received the P.O.T.N. book recently and it looks great. Am really keen on putting together my own book and with the new shipping rates it’ll be so much easier to order a few copies to give away. :-)

      October 2, 2007 – 11:49 pm   Permalink
  10. You asked what we wanted in a survey and you have delivered!
    Congrats and watch your orders explode!!

      October 2, 2007 – 11:49 pm   Permalink
  11. Exciting news! I live in Switzerland and can vouch for the excellent postal service. Many thanks for working this out!

    By Ann
      October 3, 2007 – 12:24 am   Permalink
  12. Thats great news about the postage. A shame I just odered my book at the old more expensive price! The postage was more $$ than the book was. Still this is great news, and will be ordering many more books as a result.
    Thanks for listening Blurb!

    By Toad
      October 3, 2007 – 12:30 am   Permalink
  13. I second that from Australia – terrific – shipping was holding a poor art student like me back before so kudos to Blurb for providing a viable alternative!

    Mr C

    By Mr Clicky
      October 3, 2007 – 1:49 am   Permalink
  14. Excellent!
    I was indeed waiting for it for a long time. This will decrease the price of my Blurb books by at leat 40%, and make Blurb a credible alternative in Europe.

    Well done!

      October 3, 2007 – 2:28 am   Permalink
  15. Great news!!
    i was waiting for that, now i can order as many books as i want!! excellent work!

      October 3, 2007 – 6:12 am   Permalink
  16. Excellent news! I’m very impressed with this reaction from Blurb. Living in Switzerland I was happy with Blurb, but unhappy with the cost it took to get the books to Switzerland. Something I brought under the attention of the Blurberati. Now with this — Thanks for Listening !!! Michael

    By Michael de Braaf
      October 3, 2007 – 6:30 am   Permalink
  17. Hi,

    One question: does it mean that Books that are delivered by Swiss Post are printed in Blurb’s European facilities (and not the US one) ?

    I have read many mixed (i.e. “not so good”) reviews regarding book quality printed in Blurb’s Europe printers… if I select Swiss Post for a delivery to Australia, will my book be printed in the US or Europe ?


    By Tiry
      October 3, 2007 – 6:50 pm   Permalink
  18. Blurb rocks !
    Merci ! Arigatô ! :)

      October 4, 2007 – 3:49 am   Permalink
  19. Hi Tiry,

    I have an answer for you straight from our Customer Support team:

    All books being shipped to Australia are currently being routed to our EU printer. That will not always be the case, but the majority of the time it will be. I would stress the fact that all of our print partners undergo a thorough amount of testing in order to become a Blurb printer. In conjunction, I can guarantee that if our customers have been complaining about a specific printer then we have either addressed or are working on the issue. Customers should not be concerned with which print partner produces their book. Regardless of printer, we guarantee the workmanship of our books.

    As our return policy states this explicitly .

    Hope this helps.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      October 4, 2007 – 10:57 am   Permalink
  20. Hi Kathy,

    Thanks a lot for the information and the quick reply.

    I uploaded and ordered my second book a couple of days ago, and I’m really looking forward to receiving it.


    By Tiry
      October 5, 2007 – 5:15 am   Permalink
  21. Thanks guys – much appreciated. I’ll get going with my order now.

    By Mark
      October 5, 2007 – 7:37 pm   Permalink
  22. That’s great news, but I have a further question — I haven’t read this point anywhere and if I missed it, please, forgive me.

    The shipping cost now appears quite reasonable, but does it mean that I have to multiply that cost for the number of books I order? I mean, if I ask for the dispatch of ten books to Italy, will the cost be ten times euros 8.22 or 9.35?

    Look forward ro your answer. Thanks

      October 6, 2007 – 12:14 am   Permalink
  23. What about shipping rates for Canada?

    Right now the shipping costs are so high that it prevents anyone from ordering a book!

    By m-c
      October 7, 2007 – 9:46 am   Permalink
  24. secondpaula – Our shipping prices are calculated by weight and not by book. As you increase the weight of your order, most shipping services offer you cheaper rates per pound or kilo. However, not all shipping companies offer the same discounts. At a certain point, for larger orders, UPS starts being more competitive than the Swiss Post.

    Hope this helps.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      October 8, 2007 – 2:50 pm   Permalink
  25. wonderful new, i can now order others books like i want, but i have a problem: i would like add some pages ans photos on my book, and i cant find how??? wher can i edit again this first book and after another copy and order. I cant delete this book because i had a long time for creation… a lot pages with words and photos… thanks, please help me francine

    By faubry
      October 11, 2007 – 3:55 pm   Permalink
  26. Referring to Swiss Post, Blurb announced: ” Now, you get to experience their superb postal service”… and that’s what I was expecting too…

    Now, based on direct experience, I can tell you… nice marketing message, but… THAT’S DEFINITELY NOT THE TRUTH!!

    I’ve ordered my new book on Oct. 3rd.
    I’ve chosen SWISS POST ECONOMY to ship in Italy (expected 4-7 days for shipment after printing).
    Blurb shipped on Oct. 8th (perfectly respondent to declared timing).

    I don’t know who generate the delay (if t’s only a delay and not a loss…) and if this can be attribute to Swiss Post ONLY or to Swiss Post and Italian Post, but the fact still remain and, believe me, I’m really disappointed, not only because I’ve 32 Euros that can probably be lost…

    My suggestion, based on direct experience, is:


      October 22, 2007 – 5:31 am   Permalink
  27. brunix

    this most be unfortunate. I did order a book using the Swiss Post and it arrived perfectly – even a bit earlier (…. I’m living in Switzerland …..).

    Also the printing (at the Dutch printshop) was undistinguishable from the book that came in fron the USA print shop (might be interested for Tiry)

    regards, Michael

    By Michael de Braaf
      October 24, 2007 – 7:12 am   Permalink
  28. It’s the same price for spain and Italy????

    By Mir
      November 15, 2007 – 9:24 am   Permalink
  29. Guys: Do you ship to Chile???

      November 27, 2007 – 9:34 pm   Permalink
  30. Hugo,

    You can find all of the countries we currently ship to listed on our Pricing and Shipping page. Chile is not currently on that list, but do know that we add more countries when we can. If you know someone in a country that we do ship to, you can always ship the book to them and then have them send the book on to you.

    – Kathy

    By Kathy
      November 27, 2007 – 10:26 pm   Permalink
  31. Thank’S!!!!!!

      November 28, 2007 – 5:43 am   Permalink

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