Updated January 2001
This Customer Support Ruling discusses
the eligibility of manuscripts at the Media Mail rates of postage.
In accordance with Domestic Mail
Manual (DMM) 473.2.2*, manuscripts for books, periodical type publications,
and music are mailable at the Media Mail rates of postage. Such manuscripts
may be handwritten, typewritten, or photocopied. Each piece mailed at the
Media Mail rates must be legibly marked on the address side as "Media Mail.”
Each piece mailed at the Presorted Media Mail rates also must be marked “Presorted”
Photocopies and artwork used to
illustrate articles referred to in the above types of manuscripts are acceptable
with such manuscripts mailed at the Media Mail rates of postage. However,
if these materials are mailed separately from manuscripts, they are not acceptable
at the Media Mail rates.
A handwritten or typewritten letter
of transmittal or bill which relate to a manuscript may be attached to or enclosed
with it and mailed at the Media Mail rates of postage in accordance with the provisions
of DMM 473.2.4.
*See also DMM 173.3 and 373.2.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436