We are a small boutique publisher. We ship via USPS Priority rather than Media Mail on domestic orders, and we ship via USPS Priority International rather than First Class Mail on International Orders. This method is more expensive, but it saves on labor and purchasing packaging. It also comes with a base amount of insurance and delivers in less time than Media or First Class. We charge only what the post office charges us, rounding up to the nearest $0.50. If your prefer slightly cheaper shipping with no insurance and longer delivery time, feel free to email us.
For example: For a 1lb 12oz book, USPS Priority within the US is $7.25 (we round up to $7.50), includes insurance value of up to $50 and delivers in 2-3 business days. Media mail on the other hand costs $3.17 to ship before packaging cost, has no insurance and delivers in an extra 2-10 days depending on distance. Once insurance is added and the cost of packaging is included, the cost is close to Priority Mail.