Postage (shipping)

Astrolabe Booksellers will ensure that your orders are adequately packed, and will happily accept returns without question in the unlikely event that a book has been damaged in transit.

The postage rates – for ordinary and expedited delivery – that appear with orders from this website are based on an the cost of sending an average-sized parcel weighing between 500 grams and 1 kilogram (for a single book), or between 1.5 and 2kg (for two books). The actual cost of postage varies according to the size & weight of the parcel and its destination, and the costs of international parcels are also subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Furthermore, postage charges change with an unnerving frequency, although we do endeavour to keep our quoted rates up to date. 


All this means that we may have to ask you for additional postage if your order is for a book, or set of books, that is larger or heavier than average - but no amount in excess of our quoted rates will be charged without your approval. If the actual cost of postage is below the quoted rate - e.g. for packages under 500g  - we will reduce the postage charge accordingly. 


Unless otherwise stated, none of our quoted rates include extra services such as signature-on-delivery, registration or insurance. Please enquire if you would like any extras and we will advise the cost.


For overseas parcels, we normally use either Australia Post's Economy Air service or Skippy Post (an affiliate of Spring Global Mail), with a usual delivery time of around 3 weeks. Sea Mail is cheaper - not always by much and it is very slow – but please enquire if you would like your book/s sent at the cheapest rate available. The higher rate quoted is for Australia Post's Standard Air Mail (usually 7 to 10 days, and with tracking). If you would like us to use a Courier service we can quote the cost for your parcel on request.


If you have any queries about any of the postal charges please contact us using the email address below - or simply request a quote as part of the order process.