||FAQ -- Frequently asked questions
about Atlas™ Ergonomic Book & Copy Holders
Answers to the most commonly asked questions
Where can I see an Atlas in a store?
We have very few dealers throughout the United
States. Atlases are a quality product, and
therefore very expensive to make -- so to sell them at a
reasonable price, there can't be much of a mark-up.
For this reason, most of our sales are direct
sales. Nevertheless, if you are (or know of) a
dealer who wants to carry them, please let us know!
And if you're looking for a dealer in your area, call us
at 800 GET ATLAS to see if there is one.
What if I have a rush order? Do you ship other than UPS Ground?
We can usually ship next day air or second day air with UPS, or we can ship with the carrier of your choice using your shipper number. We can also
ship via the US Postal Service,
if that meets your needs, but unless you pay extra, they do not track shipments or offer insurance.
Alternate shipping, or shipping beyond the contiguous 48 states of the US, may
cost more, and you will be charged for the shipping
amount and, if necessary, a nominal service charge.
Our UPS Ground shipments,
go out from
St. Henry, Ohio. This means an Atlas can get to
the east coast within 3 days, and to the west coast
within 5 days of shipment. We try to ship within
three business days, but the delay may be between 1 and 2 weeks. You can always email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org to check on your order, or phone us at (800) GET ATLAS.
What if I'm not sure my order went through, or when it will be shipped?
Following a suggestion by one of our customers, people who purchase Atlases on line
or who give us an email address will receive a shipping notification via email on the day
the product is shipped. This notification will
contain the UPS tracking number, and how to use it.
It may take up to two weeks before an order is shipped (although we try to make it sooner). If at
any time you wish to check on your order, email us at
email@example.com, or check by
calling us at 800 GET ATLAS (800 438-2852). Pressing # will get you beyond the outgoing message so
that you can leave a message for us, if a human does not
Would your stand be capable of holding Webster’s Third International Dictionary?
Closed it is 9 x 13 and 4 inches thick.
Any of our book holders could hold your
dictionary. The only question is, with your
dictionary's thickness of 4 inches, will it matter to you
if all the pages are not supported when the dictionary is
opened to the a's or the z's? Many book holders
support only the binding. Our Standard Atlas
and Atlas Ultra have shelves that are 3 inches deep and
the Atlas-LC's shelf is 4 inches deep (certainly enough
for your dictionary).
The New Columbia Encyclopedia, at 12.25 tall,
9.5" wide and 3.6" thick is shown on the
(see menu at left)
. This encyclopedia
will also sit easily on a Standard Atlas or Atlas Ultra,
but when it's open at the a's the dictionary's middle
pages may sag. This would of course not be a
problem for short periods of time.
You can see a Webster's New World Dictionary,
which measures 7 x 10 x 2.25 inches, on a Standard Atlas
(see menu at left)
and on an Atlas Ultra on those respective pages.
Either of these can certainly support the weight and
width of your dictionary.
Do you have any sort of guarantee?
All products are guaranteed for one year against defects in material and workmanship. This warranty is limited to refund, replacement, or repair of the book holder.
We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if the Atlas does not fit your needs, and if it is returned in as-new condition. Before returning the Atlas, please call us at 800 GET ATLAS. We will need the credit card number you used to purchase the Atlas in order to credit your account (we do not keep those numbers).
We can not refund the cost of shipping or the cost of return shipping.
What are Atlases made of?
All colors of the Standard Atlas, the Atlas-LC and the Slim Atlas
are made of MDF (medium density fiberboard) coated with a vinyl colored or woodgrain finish. It is generally used for furniture and bookcases, it is extraordinarily strong, and it is resistant to the swelling and shrinking solid wood undergoes when the humidity changes.
are fabricated from ®Trespa. Trespa is made of paper and phenolic
resins pressed together under high heat and
pressure. It is imported from Holland, where it is made from wood from renewable forests, in a factory which prides itself on being "green." Trespa is similar to Formica; the 3/16 inch material we use is extremely strong and durable. To learn more about Trespa, go to http://www.trespa.com.
can be ordered in quantities of 20 or more in almost any
color that Trespa makes. Since they are cut from
large sheets rather than molded, we are able to alter
dimensions if you have special requirements (see
"Custom Atlas" in menu at left).
Where are Atlases manufactured?
In St. Henry, Ohio, by R&R Fabrications, Inc.
Do you make any smaller Atlas Copy Holders?
We currently stock the Slim Atlas, measuring just 7.5
inches wide, with a 2.5 x 8.5 inch shelf, in a birch woodgrain finish. We can make Atlases in any size (larger or smaller) or
available color that you need, in quantities of 10 or more.
Is the line guide magnetic?
No, it is a simple counterweighted device. It
can be used with either a clear thread (for reading) or a
black thread (for lines and columns, to give left-right
orientation). The clear thread is now standard; we'll be
happy to substitute a black thread if you request it.
Do you have any adaptations for people who are disabled?
The Atlas is an example of universal design -- that is, all people,
including people with disabilities, can use the Atlas as
is, after it is adjusted.
We have been told that the Standard Atlas is the only book holder on the market that is sturdy
enough to be used by people who use a mouth stick.
For people with limited hand strength who use the
spring-loaded clip that comes with the Standard Atlas, we
have an "Easy Pull Loop" which enables you to
slip a finger or a pencil through the loop to operate the
How long have Atlas Ergonomic Book & Copy Holders
been on the market?
The Standard Atlas has been sold since 1994.
Atlas-LCs were first made in about 1997. Atlas
Ultras were first sold in November 2000.
Are the Atlases patented?
Do you ever have sales or discounts?
Occasionally, we have a sale -- usually for people
who are on our email mailing list (which we do not share
with anyone else).
We always have quantity purchase discounts, beginning at 3 units.
You also save a lot on
shipping when you purchase several Atlases -- and we pass
those savings on to you. If you order on line, the quantity discount will be applied by the human who fills your order.
I have lost most of my page stoppers. Can I get replacements?
Of course! We now make them of stainless steel,
and we may have to charge you around $3 plus postage if you need a complete
set. Call us and we'll see what we can do,
considering current pricing and postage.
Do you have a question for us? If so, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 800 GET ATLAS (800-438-2852).