Rick Hobbs Photography
These books are all Large Landscape (13 x 11 inches) hardcover coffee table books. Each book is commercial quality featuring 4-color printing on premium 100-pound silk finished paper (the good stuff) with durable library binding. The laminated 4-color dust jacket includes front and back flaps and printing on the spine.
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(Black Bear and Grizzly Bear)
(Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Harris' Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Black Vulture and Turkey Vulture)
(American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Osprey, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Burrowing Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Western Screech Owl, Great Gray Owl, Long-eared Owl, Saw-whet Owl and Great-horned Owl)
(Cowboys, Horses and Cattle)
(Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep)
From time to time someone has the question - The books are beautiful but they seem pricey, how do you calculate the cost of your books?
1st let me give you some background information to explain the cost. A couple years ago a friend published a book on Yellowstone and he went the "traditional way" of publishing and while the cost per book was much less, he needed to sell 20,000 books just to break-even on the huge upfront cost of creating the books in the first place. Also, then there is the storing of thousands of books that I'll never sell for each title.
Over the last couple years self-publishing and especially on-demand publishing (which is how my books are done) has come a long way. Today, I can print only 1 copy of the book at a time instead of thousands of books at once, but as a result, that 1 book is considerably more expensive because the cost is not spread out across thousands of books. Since I do not sell thousands of copies of my books, this approach is the only way they can even be available. Many people still think it is a relatively inexpensive way to own and appreciate a couple hundred of my best photographs in each book.
Also, these books are large, hardcover, coffee table books using the highest quality paper and binding available to produce the best quality book for many years of enjoyment. This also adds to the cost.
The cost breakdown: