| (Q) How much do
the custom leather book covers cost?
methods can I use
to pay for a quotation?
does it take to make the
cover once payment is made?
outside the United
you make Bible covers?
get a discount for multiple
(wholesale price) covers?
allowed to use the
Alcoholics Anonymous Circle/Triangle symbol, but not the Al-Anon, CA,
OA, GA, etc. symbols?
can you use text from the
First or Second Edition of the Big Book, but not the Twelve Steps
Twelve Traditions or other AA literature?
you use the image I've
make covers for other than
the hardcover Big Book and the hardcover Twelve Steps & Twelve
make zipper closures for
the book covers like the Bible store Bible covers
lacing or sewing last
(Q9a) What is
(Q9b) What is
you only use black leather
lace? ...or only black or off-white thread?
you have any ready made
Big Book covers?
match colors of leather?
some marks on the
leather. Is this normal?
lettering always black on
a saddle tan applique?
don't you do suede leather covers any more?
there less expensive
Big Book Covers?
(A) How much do the
custom leather book covers cost?
(1) It all depends on
how you wanted it customized. Basically, subject to change, the is a
base price for each size of cover with no customization the cover is
sewn. The number in
the brackets “[
]” is the AA World Services catalog number:
75th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
of AA Hardcover slip-on leather cover [B0] (9-1/4” by
6-1/4”) is $54.95
Basic Hardcover Big Book slip-on leather
cover [B1] (8-1/2” by 5-3/4”) is $44.95
Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions
Book [B2] (8-1/2" by 5-3/4") is $44.95
Dual Big Book and Twelve Steps & Twelve
Traditions Book slip-on leather cover [B1/2] (8-1/2” by
5-3/4”) is $109.95
Portable Big Book [B30] slip-on
leather cover (4-1/2” by 7”) is $34.95
Pocket Big Book slip-on leather
cover [B35] (3-1/2" by 5-1/2") is $29.95
Pocket Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions
Book slip-on leather cover [B17] (3-1/2" by 5-1/2") is $29.95
Dual Pocket Leather Big Book and Pocket
Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions Book slip-on leather cover
[B35/17] (3-1/2" by 5-1/2") is $64.95
Large Print Big Book slip-on leather
cover [B16] (7” by 10-1/4”) is $89.95
Large Print Twelve Steps & Twelve
Traditions Book slip-on leather cover [B14] (7” by
10-1/4”) is $89.95
Dual Large Print Leather Big Book and Large
Print Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions book slip-on leather
cover [B16/14] (7” by 10 1/4”) is $134.95
construction is either sewn ($0.00) or braided lace (cost is varies
from $30.00 to $105 depending on the book size (please see aaleatherbigbookcovers.com/images/background/assembly_options.jpg
for pictures and see aaleatherbigbookcovers.com/cgi-bin/order.pl
for prices of lacing)
(2) Now many options are
available to be added on an applique (saddle tan colored patch
with black lettering) sewn on slip-on leather cover:
Optional Name on the cover: -- add $5
Optional Sobriety Date on the cover: -- add $0
Serenity Prayer (approx. 3.0"w x
1.75"h) on leather applique -- add $5
Third Step Prayer (approx. 3.75"w x
3.25"h) on leather applique -- add $10
Promises (approx. 4.0"w x 6.0"h) on
leather applique -- add $20
Circle/Triangle on leather applique
(approx. 2.5"w x 2.5"h) -- add $5
Plain Circle/Triangle (no words)
Circle/Triangle with legacy words:
Unity, Recovery & Service words
Circle/Triangle with legacy words:
Unity, Recovery & Service words, plus "Trust God", "Clean House" & "Help
Others around the outside of the circle words)
Plain Medallion Holder -- add $15
Medallion Holder with "Trust God, Clean
House, Help Others" around the holder -- add $15
Quotation on leather applique (Note: $0.70 per word for the first 30
words, additional words $1.10 ea.)
Custom Carved Designs (feathers,
dragons, flowers, etc. please describe:) -- add $65
options for basic slip-on leather cover
Strap and Snap to keep the cover closed
-- add $10
Pen or Highlighter holder -- add $15
Strap/Snap and Pen holder Combo to
keep the cover closed -- add $20
Faux Quarter Bound (contrasting
color, and needs lacing to capture the corners) corners -- add $65
Faux Half Bound (contrasting color) spine
-- add $45
What methods can
I use to pay for a quotation?
You can pay in three ways:
(a) If you have a PayPal account, you can send the payment to the
PayPal account ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
(b) Send a Personal Check or Money Order, drawn on US bank funds, to:
2532 Banyon St.
Returned checks subject to a $25 service charge.
(c) Call and use VISA or Master Charge via the PayPal system (requires
name, card number, expiration date, billing address, CCV code and email
address for receipt) Note: Information will taken over the phone
509-392-2589, do not send information in any email message.)
In any case,
be sure to provide a shipping address.
How long does it take to make the cover once
payment is made?
If it is a rush (AA B-day, etc.) and you need it in a day or two, you
can print out a picture of the one of the pictures in the gallery and
tell the recipient that a cover similar to the one you have printed
will be on its way in 2-4 weeks.
I try to balance the work so that gifts make it out the quickest and
personal use later. I quote 2-3 weeks (3-4 weeks for laced covers or
for custom carved covers). The quoted time may extend depending on the
number of orders in process.
covers and nothing is pre-made nor are there any short cuts taken to
speed the process.
Do you ship outside the United States?
lessons learned from experience. There is a very high cost to the
customer both for the basic shipping cost and the insurance. Last
time I sent a book cover to Canada it was almost $40 just for the
shipping of a Basic Big Book cover. There is also an additional cost
to the customer for duties imposed by their country. I've been asked to
ship as a gift to avoid some countries duties, but that goes against
my choice to be honest in my actions.
were lost there was additional time and effort to recover the
insurance money--time lost away from making covers.
alternatives to get custom made leather AA literature covers. If you
have a friend in the US, I would be happy to receive the payment from
them, make the cover and send send to them allowing them to ship
overseas. Or, there are other custom leather book cover makers that
may ship overseas. Here are some samples (links may not be up to
Do you make Bible covers?
are many custom leather Bible cover makers on the Internet. Here are
some samples (links may not be up to date):
Can I get a discount for multiple (wholesale
is hand crafted. They are not preassembled or made on an assembly
line and each is made to the customers specifications.
Why are you allowed to use the Alcoholics
Anonymous Circle/Triangle symbol, but not the Al-Anon, CA, OA, GA,
CA, OA, GA,
etc. logo symbols are currently protected by
copyright and cannot be used without permission. I did receive a
“one-time” use for the CA (Cocaine Anonymous)
excerpt from the US Patent and Trade office to show that Alcoholics
Anonymous released the Circle/Triangle Logo trademark in
from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Trademark
Electronic Search System -- TESS)
IC 016. US 038. G & S:
BOOKS, PAMPHLETS AND PRINTED CARDS DEALING WITH ALCOHOLISM. FIRST USE:
1955/02/01. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 1955/02/01
DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR
- Circles, plain single line; Plain
single line circles
26.05.21 - Triangles that are completely or partially shaded
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD
SERVICES, INC. CORPORATION NEW YORK 468 PARK AVENUE SOUTH NEW YORK NEW
IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO
USE "SERVICE RECOVERY" APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
SECT 8 (6-YR).
Why can you use text from the First or
Second Edition of the Big Book, but not the Twelve Steps &
Traditions or other AA literature?
the 1st Edition copyright of the Alcoholics Anonymous (Big
to lapse in 1967 and the copyright on the 2nd
Edition lapsed in 1983. Thus placing both editions in the public
domain forever. There has not been a valid US copyright on the main
text of Alcoholics
for more than 40
1986 General Service Conference Final Report explains the
end of the book's US copyright this way:
copyright on the first edition of the Big Book lapsed in 1967, and
the copyright on the new material in the second edition lapsed in
1983-both because of a failure to renew them in a timely fashion.
There was a mistaken belief that registering the copyright on the
second edition in 1956 served to revive the copyright on the first
edition; the misconception continued, with respect to the second
edition, when the third edition was copyrighted in 1976. (From page
laws for copyright in place in The
USA at the time the Big Book was written were different from the laws
in place in most countries. In 1938 US law stipulated that, in order
to receive the longest possible term of protection, a copyright had
to be renewed, in writing, after 30 years.
Meanwhile, in most
of the world, and under later copyright treaties, all written works
received an automatic term of protection equal to the natural life of
the author(s) plus 50 years from their death. No paperwork was, or
is, required under this system. The US has adopted this system, but
earlier law governs books authored in 1938.
AA World Service,
which inherited the copyright Bill W. claimed on the book, did not
renew the copyright. As a result, there is no dispute that the book
has been in the public domain in the US since 1967. Nobody "owns"
the Big Book in The USA. Anyone can reproduce it without seeking
permission from anyone. Not so for other countries.
Steps and Twelve
Traditions, as I understand,
maintained and renewed the copyright
of the publication up to the current edition. Therefore, I treat the
text as copyrighted. The Twelve
Steps and Twelve
Traditions has the Prayer of St.
Francis as modified for AA.
The Christian prayer is in public domain.
Why can't you use the image I've sent you?
make a cursory search of see if
the image is copyrighted and make a judgment based on the search and
your insurance that the image is not copyrighted. If find that it is
copyrighted, then I will ask you to contact the owner of the image or
logo and provide a written copy of permission to use the image for
Do you make covers for other than the
hardcover Big Book and the hardcover Twelve Steps & Twelve
covers for all the major AA literature—large print, standard
copy, soft copy, portable and pocket. Even the As Bill See It, Pass
It On, AA Comes of Age, Dr. Bob and the Good Old timers, Daily
Do you make zipper closures for the book
covers like the Bible store Bible covers?
very good at zipper closures.
Does the lacing or sewing last longer?
have both types
and they are still in use after 24-years.
What is lacing construction?
The lacing or braiding is
black cow leather. It is hand braided with a triple loop
cordovan style braid and is either braided completely all around the
edges of the cover or just the top edge and bottom edge. This
type of assemble completely covers the cut edge of the leather.
What is sewing construction?
The sewing is #207 bonded
polyester thread that is machine stitched all
around the edges of the cover. The same stitching is used to
sew the applique, medallion holder or snap/strap
pen/highlight holder. This type of assembly leave
the cut edge of the leather visable and that edge is dyed black.
Why do you only use black leather lace?
...or only black or off-white thread?
was too hard to
keep an inventory of all the different colors and try to get the color
that the customer wanted in the #207 bonded polyester thread. Now I
black leather lace or sewn with black or white #207 bonded polyester
Do you have any ready made
when they are available they are
found on the Specials
Can you match colors of leather?
hardest part of communicating color preferences the customer and me is
that pictures taken with a camera, posted in email or in the gallery
are viewed with the customers monitor or phone.
Each camera, monitor or phone skew the true color.
I try to match what the customer wants from their color
description, referenced picture in the gallery, or using some of the
color references in the How-to-Order
page (ie. color
wheel or leather samples: designer,
motochap2 ...or... even
crayon colors: Crayola®_crayon_standard
There are some marks on the leather. Is
is a natural product and may have some
(e.g. range markings: healed scars, bug bites, brands, etc.).
Those marking are natural in real
Is the lettering always black on a saddle
I've experimented with other colors of antique pigmented
saddle tan antique dye seems to work the best. The properties
the antique dyes allow the impressed (embossed) text and carved images
to have the dark color making the text stand out and readable.
also allows the carvings to have more definition.
Why don't you do suede leather covers any more?
darker colored suede leathers have what is called "rub off".
where the dye can be transfered to light colored clothing.
the lighter colored suede leathers will stain quite easily from the
oils in the hands and from non-cleaned table tops. If you
absolutely have to have a suede leather cover I will make one from the
remaining stock of suede. The colors on hand are:
Green, Pink, Red, Black, Rust, Purple, and several blues: Navy Blue,
Royal Blue, Teal Blue, Medium Blue. When the these suede
are gone--they are gone.
there less expensive Big Book Covers?
If handmade custom
Book Covers seem too costly to you there are other places to obtain
book covers for your Big Book, and other AA literature. I would
Enterprises, Inc. for the largest variety of commercially manufactured
leather and vinyl book covers. They are located at:
leather Big Book Covers sell for $31.95
(price subject to change and shipping is extra) and has the Serenity
Prayer, Pen Holder, Strap,
Metal Corners and Medallion holder on it and comes only in black.
They also have a Leather-like vinyl Big Book Cover sells for $15.95
(price subject to change and shipping is extra) with Serenity
Medallion Holder that comes in several colors.
they make covers for all sizes and some dual book covers.