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

Alex & Magu Appella. Transient Books' Binding Studio. Argentina.
Alex & Magú Appella, bookbinders.

Transient Books has provided custom bookbinding services on line since 2001.

We began on a boat in Alaska before we introduced our hand bound creations to the plazas of Mexico and Central America.
After traveling and binding for years, we began offering our custom bookbinding services through our US distributor, as well as from our studio in the sierras of Córdoba, Argentina.  
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 over the world.
You only pay shipping from the USA, not from Argentina.

Alex and Magu Appella, Our first binding studio was on a boat in Alaska. 1998.Transient Books on the road in Mexico, 1998.
Our first (soggy) binding studio in Alaska, 1998. Selling handbound books on the road in Mexico, 1998.

Although we're physically located in central Argentina, I'm from Oregon, USA originally.

We ship to our US distributor about every four weeks.
Our turn around varies!
Contact us to find out what the current wait time is.
Usually, we can get an order to you in about 2 to 6 weeks, depending where we are in the cycle.

We do offer gift certificates free of charge, that include a mock up of your order.
This way you have something symbolic to give (if needed) for an order that will arrive after the fact.
Sometimes this does the trick for folks.

You only pay shipping from the USA, not from Argentina.

Transient Books Binding Studio. Argentina.Transient Books Binding Studio. Argentina.Transient Books Binding Studio. Argentina.Alex & Magu Appella. Transient Books' Binding Studio. Argentina.Transient Books Binding Studio. Argentina.

Since 2001, we have shipped custom bound books all over the world: 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 to while we get used to staying pretty much in one place.

What makes us most proud is our large client base.
We have repeat clients every single month.
Sometimes people from way back, other times folks who just got a book from us.
 I realize that custom books are not bread and butter, people can get by without them. And that makes me all the more proud. We love what we do, and we love that folks come back for more.

Transient Books is made possible by many: our US distributor in Oregon (my mom, of course), my brother Rick Busch who set up the original website (we’ve since become our own webmasters), the USPS delivery guys in Salem, 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.

Hablamos español.


When Alex is not making books for you, she is making her own artist's books.
When Magu is not making books for you, he is a composer/musician, often on stage.