Postage Pricing What is the cheapest way to send used books in Germany or Austria?

The aim is to make it as easy as possible for the owner to send a book, so we recommend a standard C4 envelope and cheap postage.

These prices were compiled on 2021-01-12.


How to choose the right envelope for sending books?

Books with a spine up to 5cm fit can fit in a C4 manilla envelope (Faltenversandtasche) which can be found in most stationary shops or online in several places. The site adds 25c for the envelope which should cover the cost in almost all cases. For example:

For larger and heavier books we recommend standard packing paper ("Packpapier"). Please beware though that the postage costs may be prohibitive, see below.


Sending books from Austria

Prices based on Austrian Post tariffs.

Unfortunately (and in contrast to Germany) there is no economic postage tier for sending books specifically, so the large letter is the cheapest. The cost for books above 2kg are not viable (compared to just ordering them or buying locally) and are therefore not supported in the platform.

Within Austria

Book spine** Maximum weight Cost with Austrian Post
< 3cm < 2kg 2.75 EUR (Päckchen S)
< 60cm < 2kg 4.81 EUR (Paket S)

To Germany

Book spine** Maximum weight Cost with Austrian Post
< 3cm < 2kg 8.93 EUR (Paket Light International XS)
< 60cm < 2kg 13.93 EUR (Paket Light International S)*

Where to buy postage or send?

Drop the envelope off at your local post office. Find the nearest one here.


Sending books from Germany

Prices based on Deutsche Post (Nationale Bücher und Warensendungen) and Deutsche Post (Internationaler Warenpost) and. DHL Päckchen.

Within Germany

Book spine** Maximum weight Cost with Deutsche Post/DHL
< 5cm < 500g 1.90 EUR (Büchersendung)
< 5cm < 1kg 2.20 EUR (Büchersendung)
< 60cm < 2kg 3.79 EUR (DHL Päckchen)

To Austria

Book spine** Maximum weight Cost with Deutsche Post/DHL (Untracked)
not relevant* < 500g 3.20 EUR (Warenpost International XS)
< 3cm < 1kg 4.89 EUR (DHL Päckchen XS EU)
> 3cm* < 2kg 8.89 EUR (DHL Päckchen M EU)

Where to buy postage or send?

See the links above where you can buy all the options online. Then d the envelope off at your local post office. Find the nearest one here.


*Strictly speaking the max of all three sides added can't be more than 90cm, but that exceeds the dimensions of any book I've ever seen.

**Including envelope thickness if applicable. Padding is usually not necessary.