Title:
Book strap
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A lightweight, portable book strap device is provided which allows students to conveniently transport their school books and other materials in a manner which allows the contents carried by the device to be readily visible. The device is adapted to be carried over the shoulder(s) and/or back of a user, or may be carried by its handle.



Inventors:
Inman, Lynne B. (Little River, SC, US)
Application Number:
12/383428
Publication Date:
10/01/2009
Filing Date:
03/24/2009
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A45F3/04
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Primary Examiner:
WAGGENSPACK, ADAM J
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
P. Jeff Martin (The Law Firm of P. Jeffrey Martin, LLC 2120 Sea Mountain Hwy Suite 2201, N. Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A book strap device, comprising: a base, the base is defined of an elongated, rectangular configuration and is sized so as to support a plurality of books, the base comprising: a main body portion, the main body portion includes a short upper end edge opposing a short lower end edge, and a long first side edge opposing a long second side edge, the main body portion includes a front side and a bottom side, the front side of the main body portion of the base is disposed with at least one fastening means; a reinforcement skirt, the reinforcement skirt is attached to the main body portion along the entire perimeter thereof; a first pocket, the first pocket is suitably attached along the short lower end edge atop the front side of the main body portion; a pair of binder straps, the pair of binder straps are releasably attached proximally to the short upper end edge and the short lower end edge of the main body portion; a first shoulder strap, the first shoulder strap has an upper end suitably attached adjacent a left upper edge of the reinforcement skirt and a lower end suitably attached adjacent a first longitudinal side edge of the reinforcement skirt; a second shoulder strap, the second shoulder strap has an upper end suitably attached adjacent a right upper edge of the reinforcement skirt and a lower end suitably attached adjacent a second longitudinal side edge of the reinforcement skirt; a pair of loops, the pair of loops is provided along an upper end edge corners respectively of the reinforcement skirt; an auxiliary shoulder strap, the auxiliary shoulder strap having outermost ends with fasteners attached thereto, respectively, the fasteners being removably securable to hooks respectively, and the hooks being secured to the pair of loops respectively; a handle, the handle is fixedly attached to an upper end edge of the reinforcement skirt between the loops; and a vertical strap, the vertical strap is attached to a lower end edge of the reinforcement skirt, the vertical strap includes a buckle, the buckle comprising a female mating end and a male mating end, the male mating end is fixedly attached to an upper end edge of the reinforcement skirt, the female mating end releasably attaches to the male mating end.

2. The book strap device of claim 1, wherein the main body portion is constructed of a substantially porous, flexible material.

3. The book strap device of claim 1, wherein the pair of binder straps include a first binder strap and a second binder strap, the first binder strap and the second binder strap each comprises a main body section which includes a short upper end edge opposing a short lower end edge, and a long first side edge opposing a long second side edge, the main body section further includes a front side and a bottom side, the main body section includes a reinforcement apron attached thereto along an entire perimeter thereof.

4. The book strap device of claim 3, wherein the first binder strap includes a first separable fastener means and a second separable fastener means, the first separable fastener means is disposed on the reinforcement apron along the bottom side of the main body section of the first binder strap proximal to the short upper end edge of the main body section, the second separable fastener means is disposed on reinforcement apron along the front side of main body section of first binder strap proximal to the short lower end edge of the main body section.

5. The book strap device of claim 3, wherein the second binder strap includes a first separable fastener means and a second separable fastener means, the first separable fastener means is disposed on the reinforcement apron along the bottom side of the main body section of the second binder strap proximal to the short upper end edge of the main body section, the second separable fastener means is disposed on the reinforcement apron along the front side of the main body section of the second binder strap proximal to the short lower end edge of the main body section.

6. The book strap device of claim 1, wherein the front side of the main body portion is disposed with two fastening means for releasably attaching the first binder strap and the second binder strap to the main body portion proximal the short upper end edge of the main body portion, the two fastening means are disposed horizontally in a parallel orientation atop the front side of the main body portion, proximal the short upper end edge of the main body portion, and perpendicular with respect to the long first side edge and long second side edge of the main body portion, the two fastening means include mating components for mating respectively with the first separable fastener means of the first binder strap and the first separable fastener means of the second binder strap, the first separable fastener means of first binder strap mates with one of the fastener means, thereby releasably attaching the first binder strap to the main body portion proximal the short upper end edge of the main body section of the first binder strap, the first separable fastener means of the second binder strap mates with the other fastener means, thereby releasably attaching the second binder strap to the main body portion proximal the short upper end edge of the main body section of the second binder strap, the two fastening means allow for selective lateral adjustment of the first binder strap and the second binder strap about the main body portion.

7. The book strap device of claim 1, wherein the bottom side of the main body portion is disposed with two fastening means for releasably attaching the second binder strap and the first binder strap to the main body portion proximal the short lower end edge of the main body portion, the two fastening means are positioned vertically in a parallel orientation atop the bottom side of the main body portion, proximal the short lower end edge of the main body portion, and parallel with respect to the long second side edge and the long first side edge of the main body portion, the two fastening means include mating components for mating respectively with the second separable fastener means of the first binder strap and the second separable fastener means of the second binder strap, the second separable fastener means of the second binder strap mates with one of the fastener means, thereby releasably attaching the second binder strap to the main body portion proximal the short lower end edge of the main body section of the second binder strap, the second separable fastener means of the first binder strap mates with the other fastener means, thereby releasably attaching the first binder strap to the main body portion proximal the short lower end edge of the main body section of the first binder strap, the two fastening means allow for selective longitudinal adjustment of the first binder strap and the second binder strap about the main body portion.

8. The book strap device of claim 1, wherein the first shoulder strap includes an adjustment mechanism to allow tightening and loosening of the first shoulder strap.

9. The book strap device of claim 1, wherein the second shoulder strap includes an adjustment mechanism to allow tightening and loosening of the second shoulder strap.

10. The book strap device of claim 1, further comprising: a second pocket, the second pocket is suitably attached proximally atop the reinforcement skirt along the short upper end edge of the front side of the main body portion, the second pocket is adapted for holding a water-proof, lightweight flexible cover to shield the book strap device from rain and other elements.

11. The book strap device of claim 1, wherein the reinforcement skirt is constructed of a flexible material.

12. The book strap device of claim 3, wherein the main body section is constructed of a substantially porous, flexible material

13. The book strap device of claim 3, wherein the reinforcement apron is constructed of a flexible material.

14. The book strap device of claim 10, wherein the second pocket is constructed of a transparent or a substantially porous, flexible material.

15. A book strap apparatus, comprising: a base, the base is defined of an elongated, rectangular configuration and is sized so as to support a plurality of books, the base comprising: a main body portion, the main body portion includes a short upper end edge opposing a short lower end edge, and a long first side edge opposing a long second side edge, the main body portion includes a front side and a bottom side, the front side of the main body portion of the base is disposed with at least one fastening means; a reinforcement skirt, the reinforcement skirt is attached to the main body portion along the entire perimeter thereof; a first pocket, the first pocket is suitably attached along the short lower end edge atop the front side of the main body portion; a pair of binder straps, the pair of binder straps are releasably attached proximally to the short upper end edge and the short lower end edge of the main body portion; a first shoulder strap, the first shoulder strap has an upper end suitably attached adjacent a left upper edge of the reinforcement skirt and a lower end suitably attached adjacent a first longitudinal side edge of the reinforcement skirt; a second shoulder strap, the second shoulder strap has an upper end suitably attached adjacent a right upper edge of the reinforcement skirt and a lower end suitably attached adjacent a second longitudinal side edge of the reinforcement skirt; a pair of loops, the pair of loops is provided along an upper end edge corners respectively of the reinforcement skirt; an auxiliary shoulder strap, the auxiliary shoulder strap having outermost ends with fasteners attached thereto, respectively, the fasteners being removably securable to hooks respectively, and the hooks being secured to the pair of loops respectively; a handle, the handle is fixedly attached to an upper end edge of the reinforcement skirt between the loops; a vertical strap, the vertical strap is attached to a lower end edge of the reinforcement skirt, the vertical strap includes a buckle, the buckle comprising a female mating end and a male mating end, the male mating end is fixedly attached to an upper end edge of the reinforcement skirt, the female mating end releasably attaches to the male mating end; and a telescopic pull handle and wheels assembly.

16. The book strap apparatus of claim 15, wherein the telescopic pull handle and wheels assembly comprises a base support having wheels rotatably mounted thereto, the base support is suitably attached perpendicularly to the front side of the main body portion, about a mid-length theredown, the base support includes a reinforcement plate molded integral thereto and extending vertically therefrom, the reinforcement plate extends vertically from an elongated centerline of the base support and terminates proximate the reinforcement skirt along the short upper end edge of the main body portion, the reinforcement plate is suitably attached to the front side of the main body portion.

17. The book strap apparatus of claim 16, wherein the telescopic pull handle and wheels assembly further comprises: an outer tubular section, a first inner tubular section, and a second tubular section, the outer tubular section is suitably mounted to or molded integral to the reinforcement plate in a parallel-aligned manner, the outer tubular section having a lower end suitably mounted to or formed integral to the base support, the outer tubular section telescopically receives the first inner tubular section, the outer tubular section includes a first hole defined through an anterior end thereof and a second hole defined through the posterior end thereof, the outer tubular section includes a lip converging circumferentially therearound, proximate an upper end of the outer tubular section, the first inner tubular section includes a pull handle mounted atop an upper end thereof, the second inner tubular section is slidably received within the first inner tubular section, the second inner tubular section includes a release button resting thereatop, the release button protrudes from the pull handle, the second inner tubular section has a lower end which rests atop a spring clip, the spring clip exerts tension against the second inner tubular section which in turn pushes against the release button, the spring clip is affixed to an inner sidewall of the first inner tubular section, the spring clip includes a portion that protrudes through a hole in the first inner tubular section and protrudes through the second hole of the outer tubular section, thereby locking the first inner tubular section, and in turn the pull handle, in a lowered, resting position, whereupon depression of the release button causes the portion of the spring clip to be retracted from the second hole of the outer tubular section and pulling the pull handle upward simultaneously allows for the pull handle to be adjusted to an extended position, and as the pull handle is pulled upward, the release button is released, and the first inner tubular section is telescopically pulled upward, until the portion of the spring clip protrudes through the first hole of the outer tubular section, thereby locking the first inner tubular section, and in turn the pull handle, in an extended position.

18. The book strap apparatus of claim 17, wherein the first inner tubular section includes a bulbous portion formed along a lower end thereof so as to prevent the first inner tubular section from being pulled past the lip of the outer tubular section.

19. The book strap apparatus of claim 15, further comprising: a second pocket, the second pocket is suitably attached proximally atop the reinforcement skirt along the short upper end edge of the front side of the main body portion, the second pocket is adapted for holding a water-proof, lightweight flexible cover to shield the book strap apparatus from rain and other elements.

20. The book strap apparatus of claim 19, further comprising: a pair of feet suitably attached along opposing sides of the reinforcement skirt atop the front side of the main body portion, distal to the base support, so as to provide protection to the main body portion.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/070,990 filed on Mar. 27, 2008.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to articles, such as backpacks, which enable the carrying of books, and more particularly to a book strap for carrying books in an unconcealed manner.

2. Description of the Related Art

In light of the substantial increase in school violence across the country, school boards, county commissions and state legislatures across the United States have proposed and enacted a broad series of measures intended to attack the youth violence problem at the margins. In an effort to eliminate weapons, tighter security measures have been developed. Some schools have hired security officers to patrol the halls, while other schools have resorted to using metal detectors at each of its entrances to prevent students from carrying weapons into the building. Another precaution instituted has been the prohibition of backpacks on school grounds. In each case, the proponents acknowledge that their actions are not cure-alls and that a more enduring solution will require sweeping reassessments of today's youth culture and its countless corrupting influences.

Accordingly, a need has arisen for a device which allows students to conveniently transport their school books and other materials in a manner which allows the contents carried by the device to be readily visible. The development of the book strap fulfills this need.

A search of the prior art did not disclose any patents that read directly on the claims of the instant invention; however, the following references were considered related.

The following patents disclose various carrying devices for carrying books and other objects:

U.S. Pat. No. 3,933,287, issued in the name of Foley;

U.S. Pat. No. 5,409,282, issued in the name of Bale;

U.S. Pat. No. D460,620 S, issued in the name of Smithey;

U.S. Pat. No. D519,730 S, issued in the name of de Guillebon;

U.S. Pat. No. 5,083,692, issued in the name of Treese;

U.S. Pat. No. 6,749,095 B2, issued in the name of Johnson;

U.S. Pat. No. D390,704, issued in the name of Bloch;

U.S. Pat. No. D460,623 S, issued in the name of Vatter,

U.S. Pat. No. D524,543 S, issued in the name of Toleret al.; and

U.S. Pat. No. 6,655,564 B1, issued in the name of Zupan.

Consequently, a need has been felt for a book strap device for carrying books in an unconcealed manner. This application presents claims and embodiments that fulfill a need or needs not yet satisfied by the products, inventions and methods previously or presently available. In particular, the claims and embodiments disclosed herein describe a lightweight, portable book strap for carrying books in an unconcealed manner, the device providing unanticipated and nonobvious combination of features distinguished from the products, inventions and methods preexisting in the art. The applicant is unaware of any product, method, disclosure or reference that discloses the features of the claims and embodiments disclosed herein.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Therefore, it is an object of the present invention to provide a lightweight, portable book strap for carrying books in an unconcealed manner.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a book strap having a main body portion constructed of a substantially porous, flexible material.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a reinforcement skirt attached to the main body portion along the entire perimeter thereof.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a pocket attached to the main body portion, thereby providing a compartment for holding writing instruments and other small objects.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a pair of binder straps being releasably attachable to the main body portion.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a pair of shoulder straps.

It is another object of the present invention to provide an auxiliary shoulder strap.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a handle fixedly attached to the base.

It is another object of the present invention to provide a vertical strap located at the lower end edge of the reinforcement skirt of base being releasably attachable to the upper end edge of the reinforcement skirt of base via a buckle.

It is still another object of the present invention to provide an additional pocket for holding a water-proof, lightweight flexible cover to shield the book strap from rain and other elements.

It is yet another object of the present invention to provide a telescopic pull handle and wheels assembly.

Briefly described according to one embodiment of the present invention, a book strap is disclosed. The book strap comprises a base defined of an elongated, generally rectangular configuration being sized so as to support a plurality of books, yet readily carried over the shoulder(s) and/or back of a user. The base includes a main body portion constructed of a substantially porous, flexible material.

A reinforcement skirt is attached to the main body portion along the entire perimeter thereof using a suitable attachment method.

A pocket is provided along a short lower end edge atop the front side of the main body portion. The pocket is constructed of a substantially porous, flexible material. The pocket is adapted for holding writing instruments and other small objects.

A pair of binder straps are provided, wherein each is defined of an elongated, generally rectangular configuration. The first binder strap and the second binder strap each comprise a main body portion having a reinforcement skirt attached along the entire perimeter thereof. The main body portion is constructed of a substantially porous, flexible material. The first binder strap includes a first separable fastener means and a second separable fastener means. The second binder strap includes a first separable fastener means and a second separable fastener means. The front side of the main body portion of the base is provided with at least one fastening means for releasably attaching the first and second binder strap to the main body portion. The design and configuration of the at least one fastening means allows for selective lateral adjustment of the first and second binder strap.

A pair of shoulder straps is provided, each shoulder strap comprising an adjustment mechanism in order to allow the tightening and loosening of each shoulder strap.

An auxiliary shoulder strap is provided, the auxiliary shoulder strap is removably securable along the upper end edge corners of reinforcement skirt of base.

A handle is provided, wherein handle is fixedly attached to the upper end edge of reinforcement skirt of base between the auxiliary shoulder strap.

A vertical strap is disclosed, wherein vertical strap has one end attached to the lower end edge of reinforcement skirt of base. The vertical strap is releasably attachable to the upper end edge of reinforcement skirt of base via a buckle. The buckle includes an adjustment mechanism for adjusting the length of the vertical strap.

The book strap may also be provided with an additional pocket for holding a water-proof, lightweight flexible cover to shield the book strap from rain and other elements.

In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, a telescopic pull handle and wheels assembly is provided.

The use of the present invention allows books and other articles to be carried unconcealed in a quick, easy, and efficient manner.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The advantages and features of the present invention will become better understood with reference to the following more detailed description and claims taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like elements are identified with like symbols, and in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a book strap, according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a top perspective view of the book strap shown in an open position, according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a bottom perspective view of the book strap shown in FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the book strap from front and right end illustrating the shoulder straps thereof, according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the book strap from rear and left end, according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a bottom plan view of the book strap, according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 7 is a partial right side elevational view of the book strap, according to the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the book strap from front and right end illustrating the telescopic pull handle and wheels assembly thereof, according to one embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 9 is a partial right side elevational view of the book strap of FIG. 8; and

FIG. 10 is a partial cross-sectional view of the telescopic pull handle and wheel assembly, according to one embodiment of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Detailed Description of the Figures

Referring now to FIGS. 1-3, a book strap is shown, according to the present invention, generally referred to by the reference number 10. The book strap 10 comprises a base 20 of an elongated, generally rectangular configuration being sized so as to support a plurality of books B, yet readily carried over the shoulder(s) and/or back of a user. The base 20 comprises a main body portion 22 which includes a short upper end edge 24 opposing a short lower end edge 25, and a long first side edge 26 opposing a long second side edge 27. The main body portion 22 further includes a front side 28 and a bottom side 29. The main body portion 22 is constructed of a substantially porous, flexible material, such as mesh fabric or mesh plastic. The substantially porous, flexible material utilized to construct the main body portion 22 is critical to the present invention. During use of the device of the present invention, books B and other articles held thereby must be visible.

A reinforcement skirt 30 is attached to the main body portion 22 along the entire perimeter thereof using a suitable attachment method, such as stitching, heat sealing, and the like. Thus, the reinforcement skirt 30 is attached to and extends along the short upper end edge 24 and short lower end edge 25, and the long first side edge 26 and the long second side edge 27. The reinforcement skirt 30 is envisioned to be constructed of a flexible, textile or plastic material.

A pocket 40 or compartment is provided along the short lower end edge 25 atop the front side 28 of the main body portion 22. The pocket 40 is constructed of a substantially porous, flexible material being similar or identical to the material selected for constructing the main body portion 22. The pocket 40 is adapted for holding writing instruments and other small objects.

A pair of binder straps 51, 52 are disclosed, each defined of an elongated, generally rectangular configuration. The pair of binder straps 51, 52 are releasably attachable to the main body portion 22. The first binder strap 51 and the second binder strap 52 each comprise a main body section 53 which includes a short upper end edge 54 opposing a short lower end edge 55, and a long first side edge 56 opposing a long second side edge 57. The main body section 53 further includes a front side 58 and a bottom side 59. The main body section 53 is constructed of a substantially porous, flexible material, such as mesh fabric or mesh plastic. The main body section 53 is constructed of the same material selected for constructing main body portion 22 of base 20, as books B and other articles supported thereby must be visible.

A reinforcement apron 70 is attached to the main body section 53 along the entire perimeter of each binder strap 51, 52 using a suitable attachment method, such as stitching, heat sealing, and the like. Thus, the reinforcement apron 70 is attached to and extends along the short upper end edge 54 and short lower end edge 55, and the long first side edge 56 and the long second side edge 57. The reinforcement apron 70 is envisioned to be constructed of a flexible, textile or plastic material.

The first binder strap 51 includes a first separable fastener means 60 and a second separable fastener means 62. The first separable fastener means 60 is provided on reinforcement apron 70 along the bottom side 59 of main body section 53 of first binder strap 51 proximal to the short upper end edge 54 thereof. The second separable fastener means 62 is provided on reinforcement apron 70 along the front side 58 of main body section 53 of first binder strap 51 proximal to the short lower end edge 55 thereof.

The second binder strap 52 includes a first separable fastener means 64 and a second separable fastener means 66. The first separable fastener means 64 is provided on reinforcement apron 70 along the bottom side 59 of main body section 53 of second binder strap 52 proximal to the short upper end edge 54 thereof. The second separable fastener means 66 is provided on reinforcement apron 70 along the front side 58 of main body section 53 of second binder strap 52 proximal to the short lower end edge 55 thereof. The separable fastener means may be any of the typical hook and loop fasteners (e.g. “Velcro®”; see U.S. Pat. Nos. 2,717,437 and 3,009,235), snap fasteners, or an easily releasable adhesive. In the case of fasteners such as hook and loop type or the snap type, it is necessary that separable fastener means 60, 62, 64, 66 be mating. In the case of an easily releasable adhesive, it is necessary that one of the surfaces be affixed with the adhesive and the other surface needs only to be capable of being releasably adhered to the adhesive.

The front side 28 of the main body portion 22 of the base 20 is provided with at least one fastening means for releasably attaching the first and second binder strap 51 and 52 to the main body portion 22 proximal the short upper end edge 24 thereof. In general, two such fastening means 80 are preferred. As shown in FIGS. 2 and 4, the fastening means 80 is positioned horizontally in a parallel orientation atop the front side 28 of the main body portion 22, proximal the short upper end edge 24 thereof, and perpendicular with respect to the long first side edge 26 and long second side edge 27 of main body portion 22. The fastening means 80 include the necessary mating components for mating with separable fastener means 60 and 64. The first separable fastener means 60 of first binder strap 51 is adapted to mate with fastener means 80, thereby releasably attaching first binder strap 51 to the main body portion 22 of base 20 proximal the short upper end edge 54 of the main body section 53 of first binder strap 51. The first separable fastener means 64 of second binder strap 52 is adapted to mate with fastener means 80, thereby releasably attaching second binder strap 52 to the main body portion 22 of base 20 proximal the short upper end edge 54 of the main body section 53 of second binder strap 52. The design and configuration of fastening means 80 allows for selective lateral adjustment of first and second binder strap 51 and 52.

The bottom side 29 of the main body portion 22 of the base 20 is provided with at least two fastening means 82, 84 for releasably attaching the second and first binder strap 52 and 51, respectively, to the main body portion 22 proximal the short lower end edge 25 thereof. As shown in FIG. 3, the fastening means 82, 84 are positioned vertically in a parallel orientation atop the bottom side 29 of the main body portion 22, proximal the short lower end edge 25 thereof, and parallel with respect to the long second side edge 27 and long first side edge 26 of main body portion 22. The fastening means 82, 84 include the necessary mating components for mating with separable fastener means 62 and 66. The second separable fastener means 66 of second binder strap 52 is adapted to mate with fastener means 82, thereby releasably attaching second binder strap 52 to the main body portion 22 of base 20 proximal the short lower end edge 55 of the main body section 53 of second binder strap 52. The second separable fastener means 62 of first binder strap 51 is adapted to mate with fastener means 84, thereby releasably attaching first binder strap 51 to the main body portion 22 of base 20 proximal the short lower end edge 55 of the main body section 53 of first binder strap 51. The design and configuration of fastening means 82, 84 allows for selective longitudinal adjustment of first and second binder strap 51 and 52 about the main body portion 22.

Referring now to FIGS. 2-3, and more particularly to FIG. 4, a pair of shoulder straps is disclosed, comprising a first and second shoulder strap 90, 92, wherein first shoulder strap 90 has an upper end suitably attached adjacent a left upper edge of reinforcement skirt 30 and a lower end suitably attached adjacent a first longitudinal side edge of reinforcement skirt 30 below fastener means 80. The first shoulder strap 90 is incorporated with an adjustment mechanism 94 in order to allow the tightening and loosening of strap 90. The adjustment mechanism 94 is envisioned to be a clasp, such as the buckle 95 illustrated in FIG. 4.

The second shoulder strap 92 has an upper end suitably attached adjacent a right upper edge of reinforcement skirt 30 and a lower end suitably attached adjacent a second longitudinal side edge of reinforcement skirt 30 below fastener means 80. The second shoulder strap 92 is incorporated with an adjustment mechanism 94 in order to allow the tightening and loosening of strap 92. The adjustment mechanism 94 is envisioned to be a clasp, such as the buckle 96 illustrated in FIG. 4.

Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 5, a pair of loops 100 is provided along the upper end edge corners of reinforcement skirt 30.

An auxiliary shoulder strap 110 is disclosed, wherein the outermost ends thereof include fasteners which may include a clip 112 removably securable to hooks 102 secured to the loops 100.

A handle 120 is provided, wherein handle 120 is fixedly attached to the upper end edge of reinforcement skirt 30 between loops 100.

Referring now more specifically to FIGS. 3, and 5-7, a vertical strap 130 is attached to the lower end edge of reinforcement skirt 30. The vertical strap 130 includes a buckle 134 comprising a female mating end 136 for releasable attachment to a male mating end 138 fixedly attached to the upper end edge of reinforcement skirt 30 between handle 120. The buckle 134 includes an adjustment mechanism 135 for adjusting the length of vertical strap 130.

In reference to FIGS. 8-10, according to an alternate embodiment of the present invention, a telescopic pull handle and wheels assembly 140 is provided comprising a base support 142 having wheels 144a and 144b rotatably mounted thereto is provided. The base support 142 is suitably attached perpendicularly to the front side 28 of the main body portion 22, about a mid-length theredown. The base support 142 includes a reinforcement plate 146 molded integral thereto and extending vertically therefrom. The reinforcement plate 146 extends vertically from an elongated centerline of base support 142 and terminates proximate the reinforcement skirt 30 along the short upper end edge 24 of main body portion 22. The reinforcement plate 146 is suitably attached to the front side 28 of the main body portion 22.

The telescopic pull handle and wheels assembly 140 further comprises an outer tubular section 150 suitably mounted to or molded integral to reinforcement plate 146 in a parallel-aligned manner, the outer tubular section 150 having a lower end suitably mounted to or formed integral to base support 142. The outer tubular section 150 is adapted to telescopically receive a first inner tubular section 152. The outer tubular section 150 includes a first hole 151 a defined through an anterior end thereof and a second hole 151 b defined through the posterior end thereof. The outer tubular section 150 includes a lip 151 converging circumferentially therearound, proximate an upper end thereof. The first inner tubular section 152 includes a pull handle 154 mounted atop an upper end thereof. A second inner tubular section 156 is slidably received within the first inner tubular section 152. A release button 157 rests atop second inner tubular section 156, the release button 157 protrudes from the pull handle 154. A lower end of second inner tubular section 156 rests atop a spring clip 160, the spring clip 160 is adapted to exert tension against second inner tubular section 156 which in turn pushes against the release button 157. The spring clip 160 is affixed to an inner sidewall of first inner tubular section 152. Spring clip 160 includes a portion 162 that protrudes through a hole 153 in first inner tubular section 152 and protrudes through the second hole 151b of outer tubular section 150, thereby locking the first inner tubular section 152, and in turn the pull handle 154, in a lowered, resting position. In order to adjust the pull handle 154 to an extended position, the release button 157 is depressed, thereby causing the portion 162 of spring clip 160 which protrudes through the second hole 151b of outer tubular section 150 to be retracted. As pull handle 154 is pulled upward, release button 157 is released, and first inner tubular section 152 is telescopically pulled upward, until portion 162 of spring clip 160 protrudes through first hole 151a of outer tubular section 150, thereby locking the first inner tubular section 152, and in turn the pull handle 154, in an extended position, as shown in FIG. 10. The pull handle 154 can be returned to a lowered, resting position by depressing release button 157, pushing pull handle 154 downward and then releasing release button 157 until portion 162 of spring clip 160 protrudes through the second hole 151b of outer tubular section 150.

In order to prevent first inner tubular section 152 from being pulled past the lip 151 of outer tubular section 150, first inner tubular section 152 includes a bulbous portion 152a formed along a lower end thereof.

The book strap 10 may include a pair of feet 170 suitably attached along opposing sides of the reinforcement skirt 30 atop the front side 28 of the main body portion 22, distal to base support 142, so as to provide protection to the main body portion 22 while book strap 10 sits in an upright position as shown in FIG. 9. While this embodiment of the present invention discloses a pair of feet 170, only one foot 170a is illustrated in FIG. 9.

The book strap 10 may also be provided with a pocket 180 (shown in FIG. 3) for holding a water-proof, lightweight flexible cover C to shield the book strap 10 from rain and other elements. The flexible cover is envisioned to be constructed of a plastic material easily foldable to a compact size so as to fit inside pocket 180 and be easily removed therefrom. The pocket 180 is suitably attached proximally atop the reinforcement skirt 30 along the short upper end edge 24 of the front side 28 of the main body portion 22. Pocket 180 is preferably constructed of a transparent or a substantially porous, flexible material, such as mesh fabric or mesh plastic.

The use of the present invention allows books and other articles to be carried unconcealed in a quick, easy, and efficient manner.

It is envisioned that the various embodiments, as separately disclosed, are interchangeable in various aspects, so that elements of one embodiment may be incorporated into one or more of the other embodiments, and that specific positioning of individual elements may necessitate other arrangements not specifically disclosed to accommodate performance requirements or spatial considerations.

It is to be understood that the embodiments and claims are not limited in its application to the details of construction and arrangement of the components set forth in the description and illustrated in the drawings. Rather, the description and the drawings provide examples of the embodiments envisioned, but the claims are limited to the specific embodiments. The embodiments and claims disclosed herein are further capable of other embodiments and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purposes of description and should not be regarded as limiting the claims.

Accordingly, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the conception upon which the application and claims are based may be readily utilized as a basis for the design of other structures, methods, and systems for carrying out the several purposes of the embodiments and claims presented in this application. It is important, therefore, that the claims be regarded as including such equivalent constructions.

Furthermore, the purpose of the foregoing Abstract is to enable the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally, and especially including the practitioners in the art who are not familiar with patent and legal terms or phraseology, to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and essence of the technical disclosure of the application. The Abstract is neither intended to define the claims of the application, nor is it intended to be limiting to the scope of the claims in any way. It is intended that the application is defined by the claims appended hereto.

Therefore, the foregoing description is included to illustrate the operation of the preferred embodiment and is not meant to limit the scope of the invention. As one can envision, an individual skilled in the relevant art, in conjunction with the present teachings, would be capable of incorporating many minor modifications that are anticipated within this disclosure. The foregoing descriptions of specific embodiments of the present invention have been presented for purposes of illustration and description. They are not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise forms disclosed, and obviously many modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teaching. The embodiments were chosen and described in order to best explain the principles of the invention and its practical application, to thereby enable others skilled in the art to best utilize the invention and various embodiments with various modifications as are suited to the particular use contemplated. It is intended that the scope of the invention be defined by the Claims appended hereto and their equivalents. Therefore, the scope of the invention is to be broadly limited only by the following Claims.