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Custom Leather Book Labels

Any Font or Design - Digital Gilt Foiling

To order...

Email Asterisk Books the following information:

  • Your text

  • The label width and height, if needed (the height can determine itself by how many lines of text there are, font size, etc. )

  • Any instructions on how you like it to look. This page has options for borders, leathers/craft paper and foils. Standard gold and black skiver leather work for most labels.
  • I'll email you a black and white layout for approval. One revision allowed.

    Pricing: Labels under 4 square inches (width x height) are $8 for black smooth skiver leather; $2 per square inch for larger sizes. As shown in the options below, prices are a bit more for other leathers and for genuine gold foil. Craft paper is also available.

    Additional charges may apply for needed design work such as matching existing designs. Often I can make two very small labels together (under 3 square inches or so in total) and charge for one. I am willing to work out a discount for multiple labels on a case-by-case basis - contact me.

    Postage is billed at cost - normally 2-3 labels are under 1 ounce which is $.49 within the U.S. and $1.15 to most other countries.

    Payment: Once I make the label, you'll get a photo of the finished label and an invoice. You can pay by paypal, credit card (through Square) or check. Your label will be mailed postage paid (in the US) within a week after I receive payment.

Borders & Foil


The following top and bottom borders are available for most labels.

Foil colors

High quality metallic hot stamping foil with gold/silver finish. U.S.-made.

  • Standard gold (used by default)
  • Pale gold
  • Silver

22K Genuine Gold Foil

Somewhat darker; more brilliant finish. I'm still experimenting with this. For now, prices are a third more for this foil -- $10.50 for 4 square inches, compared to $8 for standard foil. That could change Some size restrictions. Email me

Leather Options

All leathers are vegetable tanned, bookbinding leather from Hewit in the UK.


Black Skiver (sheepskin)

Smooth and very flexible - approx. .5 mm thick. $8 for  up to  4 sq in ($2 per square inch for larger sizes)


Maroon Skiver

$9 for 4 sq in ($2.25 per square inch for larger sizes)


Dark Brown Skiver

$9 for 4 sq in ($2.25 per square inch for larger sizes)


Black Goat

More elegant look with a bit more grain, stiffer surface,; thinned to.5mm (10 mm available). $10 for up to 4 sq inches ($2.50/sq inch for larger sizes)


Maroon Goat

$10 for up to 4 sq inches ($2.50/sq inch for larger sizes)

Specialty Craft Paper

In addition to leather book labels, we also prepare labels on a specialty craft paper. It is an attactive, durable alternative to leather, priced at $5 each for labels up to 10 square inches. Colors available maroon, brown, green and slate-black.

Here is the description from the manufacturer: "A rugged bookbinding paper with a parchment grain which can be used as a book covering paper or for making certificates. It is impregnated and therefore scratch and abrasion resistant, dirt repellent, can be wiped clean (wet-strength paper), has limited expansion and shrinkage and is not sensitive to acid. In addition, it is tear resistant and wrinkle and fold resistant as well as color-fast and lightfast."

Hoboken, NJ.


Asterisk Books has been selling used and rare books in the New York-New Jersey area for 25 years and making custom leather labels for over 15 years.