Transient Books

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Transient Books

2487 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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TransientBooks is taking a short break


Note from shop owner My apologies! We have to put things on hold here. Do be in touch with questions and I will make a concerted effort to be in touch asap.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 5, 2017

My apologies! We have to put things on hold here. Do be in touch with questions and I will make a concerted effort to be in touch asap.

Alex Appella

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Alex Appella


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From a boat in Alaska, to the streets of Latin America....books, books, books.

We're physically located in central Argentina, but I'm from Oregon originally. We ship to our US distributor about every 7 to 15 days, so you only pay shipping from the US. Our turn around varies! Send us an email to find out what the current wait time is. Usually, we can get an order to you in about 1 to 3 weeks, depending where we are in the cycle.

All of this began on a boat in Alaska in the 90s, where I made my first (soggy) books. After traveling and binding for years, Magu and I began offering our custom bookbinding services on the Internet in 2001.

We are a small family business at the end of a dirt road in the countryside, grateful everyday that we get to wake up each morning and create books for folks all across the planet. Since 2001, we have shipped custom books to just about everywhere: to tiny islands in the South Pacific, the Maldivas, Japan, South Africa, literally every state in the USA, not to mention Australia, New Zealand and many parts of Europe. I wonder at the places our books continue to travel while we get used to staying pretty much in one place.

Transient Books is made possible by many: our US distributor in Oregon, my brother Rick Busch who set up the site originally (we’ve since become our own webmasters), the USPS delivery guys in Oregon, not to mention a whole string of suppliers, supporters, family, and enthusiasts in both North and South America.

Mostly, Transient Books is made possible by its varied and hugely interesting clients. We never cease to be surprised and humbled by the individuals who appear in our inbox with their memorable ideas and enthusiasm.

See a short documentary about us on You Tube:


Shop members

  • Magu & Alex Appella


    Magu is from Córdoba, Argentina and Alex is from Oregon, USA. Magu the musician. Alex the writer. Together, we're Transient Books.

  • Carolina Herran


    Caro is our right hand here in the studio. While Magu and I race around (tracking down materials, doing admin, attending the clients and the children), Caro patiently makes headway on the ever growing stack of books that need to be completed.

  • Jennifer Gow


    Jennifer (the tall one!) and I have been friends since 7th grade. She took over as our US distributor in early 2016 and it has been a dream to have an excuse to be in touch all the time. She's the one that makes those books go out all over the world!

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Last updated on Nov 13, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Gift wrapping and packaging

We gladly GIFT WRAP, no extra cost. Just let us know you're interested.

Custom and personalized orders

We gladly do custom orders! Our turn around varies, do consult.
And, we're very happy to provide cover mock ups free of charge. Just let us know what you have in mind.

Wholesale availability

We gladly offer wholesale or bulk order discounts. Just let us know what you're interested in.

Will I see a proof?

On all custom orders we provide cover mock ups before creating your book.