Virtually everyone who wants their books shipped out of the US wants to know what it will cost, a most reasonable question. About a year or so ago, the “slow boat” method of shipping packages internationally disappeared, leaving only the costlier methods of getting things across the pond or the lake. At the moment, the best method seems to be the USPS. For international shipments, the 20 pound flat rate boxes are best. Trouble is, that I’m not certain what the size of the book in its shipping box, as I receive it from the printer, will be. This means that I’m not certain whether a pair of books will fit the medium box, or the “large” box. The difference is that one costs $41, the other about $48. And, of course, that is one of three shipments. You can have a look at these rates on http://www.usps.com. (Don’t ask me why the US Postal Service has a “.com” suffix, it’s a long story.) Priority Mail International takes about a week.
Of course, if you are completely desperate for your first two copies, I’ll ship by any means by which you are willing to pay. But the commercial carriers, FedEx, DHL and so on get astoundingly expensive.
For those of you in the US, your books will most likely arrive “media mail”. It’s less expensive than Priority, but if the difference turns out to be reasonable, I may change my mind. The difference in shipping time is 3 days vs. 8 days, at least, this has been my experience.
The original VIE was shipped in two boxes of about 30 pounds. At that time, international parcel post still existed, but it still cost a bunch. Today, I’d be afraid to estimate the cost for those books.
If one of the Australians is interested, you might look up for me the cost of sending, for example, 9 pounds from Sydney to Perth. There’s a small possibility (no promises) that if there are sufficient subscribers in Australia that I’d send a number of sets directly from Milan to someone there, who would be willing to transship the sets to other folk in Australia. This might save a few bucks.
People near Milan will get their books some more direct method than via Virginia.
Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me. By the way, a proofing copy of Volume 3 is sitting here on my computer: I am reading Dodkin’s Job while trying to work up the enthusiasm to measure time delays in coaxial cable. Guess which one is more fun…you’re correct. If you haven’t read Dodkin’s Job, you are in for a real treat–it’s hilarious.