Rick Hobbs Photography

Wildlife/Nature/Outdoor Photography

Book Information

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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PORTFOLIO # 1 - BEARS

(Black Bear and Grizzly Bear)

 

 

 

 

PORTFOLIO # 2 - BIRDS OF PREY - Eagles, Hawks and Vultures

(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)

 

 

 

PORTFOLIO # 3 - BIRDS OF PREY - Falcons, Osprey and Owls

(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)

 

 

 

PORTFOLIO # 4 - ICONS OF THE WILD WEST

(Cowboys, Horses and Cattle)

 

 

 

 

PORTFOLIO # 5 - GOATS AND SHEEP

(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:

Books 121-160 pages
Cost of one copy from the printing company
$ 127
Shipping to my office for signing and review
$ 8
free reprint if necessary
Rick - goes toward the book development cost
$ 10
which will never cover costs
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Subtotal
$ 145
Shipping to you plus the packaging materials
$ 8
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Total cost of high quality, signed book to you
$ 153
You can save the last $ 8 by ordering directly from www.blurb.com but then it will not be signed and you are responsible for quality control.    
     
     
Books 81-120 pages
Cost of one copy from the printing company
$ 111
Shipping to my office for signing and review
$ 8
free reprint if necessary
Rick - goes toward the book development cost
$ 10
which will never cover costs
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Subtotal
$ 129
Shipping to you plus the packaging materials
$ 8
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Total cost of high quality, signed book to you
$ 137
You can save the last $ 8 by ordering directly from www.blurb.com but then it will not be signed and you are responsible for quality control.