TransientBooks

Transient Books

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TransientBooks

Transient Books

2626 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Last updated on Apr 19, 2017

Our new WEDDING STORE has all your solutions. Click link on left of screen to see full array. Choose from our designs or create your own! Sign up for our (infrequent) newsletter to get 10% off your first order: http://eepurl.com/boxBJn

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I AM YOUR FATHER. Best Father's Day gift ever! Free gift wrapping. Order today.
Your baptism deserves an heirloom quality book, made to order, at the right price. Choose from our designs or create your own. Custom text is no problem at all. Get your free cover mock up today.
SKETCH • DRAW • NOW------> love an artist, give inspiration. This hand crafted sketchbook lays open flat for comfortable, sturdy use. Just $48. Gift wrap is no extra charge. Order today!
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About

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

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.

Come visit our studio: here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i7vgWGH8Ng

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  • Magu & Alex Appella

    Owner

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

  • Carolina Herran

    Maker

    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

    Shipper

    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 Mar 11, 2017
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.

Do you offer wholesale or bulk discount prices?

Of course! We're happy to offer wholesale or bulk order discounts. Just let us know what you're interested in.

Will I see my book's cover before you create my custom order?

Of course! We don't complete custom orders until we get the go ahead from you. I try to get cover mock ups to folks in less than 48 hours.

What are your business hours?

We're self employed, we work all the time! (But we do take random Tuesday afternoons off, just because.) I try to answer all emails in less than 48 hours. For the most part we work Monday to Friday, 8-6 EST. I do tend to check in with folks over the weekend, though, too. We're always glad you were in touch, and we try to answer as soon as humanly possible, but I do have to turn that darn phone off every so often or I'll lose my mind (and drive my children absolutely nuts).

Where are you located anyways?

We're physically located in the sierras of Córdoba, Argentina (although I'm from Oregon originally). We ship regularly to our US distributor in Oregon so you only pay shipping from there. Read more about the amazing Transient Books experience on our About Us Page.

What's your current turn around time for custom orders?

Our turn around varies! It depends on where you catch us in the cycle. We're physically located in the sierras of Córdoba, Argentina (although I'm from Oregon originally). We ship regularly to our US distributor in Oregon so you only pay shipping from there. Be in touch and I'll let you know when you can expect to receive a custom order. Sometimes the wait can be as little as 10 days, but a usual turn around is about three weeks, from your first email to the actual delivery to your door.

It's also worth keeping in mind that our turn around time is influenced by the wonder of hand crafting all items from start to finish according to your specifications.

Items found in our Gift Shop (in stock, ready to go) ship within 2 business days.

My goodness, is that what it REALLY costs to ship a book?

Unfortunately, yes. We ship USPS Priority Mail, Insured, based on weight. Books are heavy, and I haven't figured out how to convince USPS to make an exception for us. (Come on! They're awesome books! Let them fly over the planet for less!) We charge the exact shipping cost, or less in many cases. No handling fees. We gladly offer combined shipping on orders of multiple items. If you're inadvertently overcharged for shipping for any reason, we do refund the difference.
USPS Priority Mail delivers in 2-3 days to domestic addresses. International delivery times do vary from country to country, but for the most part items show up on door steps in 8-10 days.