If your book is 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", the best box for shipping a book or two is the Uline S-11369. It is 9" x 6" x 2". The cost is about $0.50 each, depending on the quantity purchased. Wrap the books in unprinted newsprint.
Nobody likes to purchase a new book that has evidence of use—shrink wrapping books keeps them in good condition prior to sale. There are various shrink wrap plastics, but the best is Polyolefin. It shrinks without a lot of heat and does not contain plastisizers that smell, and possibly damage books. Use 7 1/4" x 10" shrink bags for 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" books that have up to a 1" spine. The DVD case bags from BagsUnlimited.com work well. Shrink wrapping adds about $0.06 in materials cost to each book.
A sealer and heat gun are required for shrink wrapping. Uline has impulse sealers in several lengths, ranging from $60-$210, and an industrial heat gun for about $60.
Insert promotional materials about available books, etc., at the back of each book before shrink wrapping.
The Regional History Series book style uses em dashes (—) within sentences and en dashes (–) between spans of years and pages. Below are examples:
For some, there remains little or no evidence of their pictorial work—perhaps only a reproduction based on a photograph, or a film review from the newspaper—and now, this book.
Solomon Carvalho also used the daguerreotype process. He accompanied John Charles Frémont's final Western expedition of 1853–1854.
14. Ibid., 139, 144–145.
To create an em dash, hold down the [Alt] key and type 8212
To create an en dash, hold down the [Alt] key and type 8211