- Printed matter
Printed matter is a term to describe printed material produced by printers or publishers, such as
books, magazines, booklets, brochures and other publicity materials and in some cases, newspapers. Because much of this material is mailed, it is also a category of postal administration, that is not considered to be first-class mail and therefore qualifies for a special reduced printed matter postal rate. Depending on the specific postal regulations of the country, it is usually non-personal correspondence and printed in multiple quantities. Most postal authorities do not permit additional services, like registration or express services, to be added to items mailed as printed matter.
In the Postal Convention between the United States of America and the
Republic of Mexico, proclaimed on June 20 1862, terms were specified relating to the rates for printed matter between the two countries. [ [http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/diplomacy/mexico/mx1861b.htm The Avalon Project: "Postal Convention Between the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico; December 11,1861"] (retrieved June 20 2007)] The rate was one cent for every ounce or fraction of an ounce.
As of June 2007, the
USPShas a printed matter classification known as "Bound Printed Matter" defined as, advertising, promotional, directory, or editorial material that is securely bound and at least 90% is imprinted by a process other than handwriting or typewriting. [ [http://www.usps.com/rates/bound-printed-matter-rates.htm USPS: "Bound Printed Matter"] (retrieved June 20 2007)]
Note: USPS Bound Printed Matter now need to be paid for with a postal permit. http://www.windowbook.com/News/ArticlesofInterest/tabid/562/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/162/Default.aspx
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