FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

(Q1) How much do the custom leather book covers cost?

(Q2) What methods can I use to pay for a quotation?

(Q3) How long does it take to make the cover once payment is made?

(Q4) Do you ship outside the United States?

(Q5) Do you make Bible covers?

(Q6) Can I get a discount for multiple (wholesale price) covers?

(Q7) Why are you allowed to use the Alcoholics Anonymous Circle/Triangle symbol, but not the Al-Anon, CA, OA, GA, etc. symbols?

(Q8) Why 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?

(Q9) Why can’t you use the image I’ve sent you?

(Q10) Do you make covers for other than the hardcover Big Book and the hardcover Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions?

(Q11) Do you make zipper closures for the book covers like the Bible store Bible covers?

(Q12) Does the lacing or sewing last longer?

(Q13) Why do you only use black or off-white thread?

(Q14) Why do you stop using black leather lace?

(Q15) Do you have any ready made Big Book covers?

(Q16) Can you match colors of leather?

(Q17) There are some marks on the leather. Is this normal?

(Q18) Is the lettering always black on a saddle tan appliqué?

(Q19) Why don’t you do suede leather covers any more?

(Q20) Are there less expensive Big Book Covers?

(Q21) Do you fix AA books that have pages coming apart, torn off covers?

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(Q1) How much do the custom leather book covers cost? (Note: This page allows you to try different options to put the options you want together and produces a total cost including taxes, if applicable, and shipping)

(1) It all depends on how you wanted it customized. Basically, subject to change,
the is a base price for each size of plain cover with no customization
and 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 $89.95
  • Basic Hardcover Big Book slip-on leather cover [B1] (8-1/2” by 5-3/4”) is $79.95
  • Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions Book [B2] (8-1/2″ by 5-3/4″) is $79.95
  • Dual Big Book and Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions Book slip-on leather cover [B1/2] (8-1/2” by 5-3/4”) is $159.95
  • Portable Big Book [B30] slip-on leather cover (4-1/2” by 7”) is $54.95
  • Pocket Big Book slip-on leather cover [B35] (3-1/2″ by 5-1/2″) is $44.95
  • Pocket Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions Book slip-on leather cover [B17] (3-1/2″ by 5-1/2″) is $44.95
  • 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 $95.95
  • Large Print Big Book slip-on leather cover [B16] (7” by 10-1/4”) is $109.95
  • Large Print Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions Book slip-on leather cover [B14] (7” by 10-1/4”) is $109.95
  • 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 $215.95

(2) Now many options are available, subject to change, to be added on an applique
(saddle tan colored patch with black lettering) sewn on slip-on leather cover.
The measurements are a guide to:

  • 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 $20
  • Medallion Holder with “Trust God, Clean House, Help Others” around the holder — add $20
  • 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 $85

(3) Select additional options, subject to change, for basic slip-on leather cover

  • Strap and Snap to keep the cover closed (note: pens/highlighters/pencils with clips can clip on this snap)– add $10
  • Pen or Highlighter holder — add $15
  • Strap/Snap and Pen holder Combo to keep the cover closed — add $25

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(Q2) What methods can I use to pay for a quotation?

  • This newer website will allow you to order and pay on-line, with a credit card, any pre-assembled cover.
  • I will send an invoice that allows you to pay with credit card (VISA or Master Charge) or PayPal.
  • If you have a PayPal account, you can send the payment to the PayPal account ( leathercover1990@gmail.com )
  • Send a Personal Check or Money Order, drawn on US bank funds, to:
    Desert Leathercraft LLC
    2532 Banyon St.
    Richland, WA 99352-4117
    Returned checks subject to a $25 service charge.
  • Call and use VISA or Master Charge (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.

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(Q3) How long does it take to make the cover once payment is made?

Short ANSWER: 2-days (for pre-assembled covers)

  • These covers already have been assembled and could have a name, sobriety date, or short quote sewn on the spine.

Short ANSWER: 2-4+ weeks (for customized covers)

  • 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.  The quoted time may extend depending on the number of orders in process.
  • The CUSTOM covers are created from scratch. Nothing is pre-made nor are there any short cuts taken to speed the process.

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(Q4) Do you ship outside the United States?

No. There are 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.

When covers were lost there was additional time and effort to recover the insurance money–time lost away from making covers.

There may be 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 date):

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(Q5) Do you make Bible covers?

No, but there are many custom leather Bible cover makers on the Internet. Here are some samples (links may not be up to date):

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(Q6) Can I get a discount for multiple (wholesale price) covers?

No, each cover is hand crafted. They are not pre-assembled or made on an assembly line and each is made to the customers specifications.

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(Q7) Why are you allowed to use the Alcoholics Anonymous Circle/Triangle symbol, but not the Al-Anon, CA, OA, GA, etc. symbols?

The Al-Anon 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) for 2 covers.

There is an excerpt from the US Patent and Trade office to show that Alcoholics Anonymous released the Circle/Triangle Logo trademark in August 2006.

This data is from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Trademark Electronic Search System — TESS)

  • Word Mark AA UNITY SERVICE RECOVERY
    Goods and Services (CANCELLED) 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
    Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
    Design Search Code 26.01.02 – Circles, plain single line; Plain single line circles 26.05.21 – Triangles that are completely or partially shaded
    Serial Number 73524211
    Registration Number 1371267
    Owner (REGISTRANT) ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WORLD SERVICES, INC. CORPORATION NEW YORK 468 PARK AVENUE SOUTH NEW YORK NEW YORK 10016
    Attorney of Record CYNTHIA C. WEBER
    Prior Registrations 1322117;AND OTHERS
    Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “SERVICE RECOVERY” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
    Type of Mark TRADEMARK
    Register PRINCIPAL
    Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR).
    Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
    Cancellation Date August 26, 2006

    AAWS allowed the 1st Edition copyright of the Alcoholics Anonymous (
    Big Book) 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 Anonymous for more than 40 years.

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(Q8) Why 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?

(from http://anonpress.org/faq/239 ):

The 1986 General Service Conference Final Report explains the end of the book’s US copyright this way:

The 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 15)The 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.

The Twelve 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.

In most of the published versions of the prayer, the text is abridged, paraphrased, and/or copyrighted (as with AA’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions). Below is the complete original text from its earliest known publication (1912, in French, copyright expired), with an English translation.  This version can be placed on any book cover.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

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(Q9) Why can’t you use the image I’ve sent you?

I 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 single use.

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(Q10) Do you make covers for other than the hardcover Big Book and the hardcover Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions?

Yes, I make covers for all the major AA literature—large print, standard hard 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 Reflections if I have the same size book as you do.

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(Q11) Do you make zipper closures for the book covers like the Bible store Bible covers?

No, I’m not very good at zipper closures.  If you need a zippered cover just visit a Bible Store.  They have many sizes and options that will work for you.

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(Q12) Does the lacing or sewing last longer?

I no longer offer lacing, due to labor costs. However, I have made both types and they are still in use after 27-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.  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 visible and that edge is dyed black.

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(Q13) Why do you only use black or off-white thread?

It 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 only offer sewing with black or white #207 bonded polyester thread.

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(Q14) Why do you stop using black leather lace?

It has become too costly and time consuming. I takes over 5-hours to lace a leather cover.  If you really need lacing its about $100 depending on the book size. 

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(Q15) Do you have any ready made Big Book covers?

Yes, when they are available they are found on the shop page.

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(Q16) Can you match colors of leather?

The 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 even crayon colors:  Crayola®_crayon_standard colors 

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(Q17) There are some marks on the leather. Is this normal?

Leather is a natural product and may have some defects (e.g. range markings: healed scars, bug bites, brands, etc.).  Those marking are natural in real leather.

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(Q18) Is the lettering always black on a saddle tan appliqué?

Yes.  I’ve experimented with other colors of antique pigmented dyes, but the saddle tan antique dye seems to work the best.  The properties of the antique dyes allow the impressed (embossed) text and carved images to have the dark color making the text stand out and readable.  It also allows the carvings to have more definition. 

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(Q19) Why don’t you do suede leather covers any more?

The darker colored suede leathers have what is called “rub off”.  This where the dye can be transfered to light colored clothing.  Also, 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:  Forest Green, Pink, Red, Black, Rust, Purple, and several blues: Navy Blue, Royal Blue, Teal Blue, Medium Blue.  When the these suede leathers are gone–they are gone.

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(Q20) Are there less expensive Big Book Covers?

If handmade custom Leather 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 recommend Culver Enterprises, Inc. for the largest variety of commercially manufactured leather and vinyl book covers. They are located at:

  • Culver Enterprises, Inc. 
    743 Porter Lane
    Grants Pass, OR 97527
    Email: ice-bookcovers@charter.net
    Phone: 541-474-7655
    Fax: 541-474-0912
    www.ce-bookcovers.com

Their 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 Prayer & Medallion Holder that comes in several colors.

Additionally, they make covers for all sizes and some dual book covers.

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(Q21) Do you fix AA books that have pages coming apart, torn off covers?

No, I don’t have all the book binding tools needed to do a good job.  I recommend The Book Fixer.