Friday, September 10, 2010

Coffee Table Books

Ok - so now you're all wondering, what exactly IS a coffee table book, and how do I get the right one for me?

Coffee table books are just that - books that you set out on your coffee table (or shelf or mantle, etc.) that contain something that gets people talking.  There are a total of 61 of my most favorite nature images from my collection in my book, so there's bound to be some discussions that start flowing when your guests start looking through it!

"What do they look like?" you might ask.  There are two types of covers that I offer - hard cover with a dust jacket, and imagewrap.  The dust jacket is a slip with flaps that goes over the hard cover, and it has images on the front and back.  Imagewrap is also a hard cover, but the images are right on the hard cover, wrapped around it.  It's pretty eye catching and with the right photo displayed, it can really entice a person to pick it up and start looking through it.

Inside, the reader will find famous quotes that match up splendidly with each photo or group of photos.  Examples of photos are sunrises, ocean landscapes, trees, macro flowers, animals, mountains, waterfalls, and many others.

"Cool!" you say, "How do I get one?"  It's so easy!  There are two ways to do it.  One: Scroll to the bottom of my blog, and on the left-hand side, you'll see a Buy Now button.  Above it is a drop-down menu - click on it to select the type of cover you want.  Prices are listed beside each selection.  Click on the Buy Now button, and voila - it will open a new window outside of my blog in which you will be asked for shipping, billing, and payment information.  You can pay by credit card or if you have a balance in your PayPal account, you can use that.  Using PayPal is easy and secure.  Once you put the order through, I receive it and get cracking on your order!  Note that taxes and shipping are extra.  Please allow about 2-4 weeks for delivery - it will likely be less than that, but I like to allot extra time just in case.  Two: Go to and search for Murchie's Photography in the upper-right-hand corner of the website.  My coffee table book will come up.  You can preview it (same as above) and purchase it right from that website!

"How about those prices... they seem a bit high." you may now say.  Well, not if you consider all the work that goes into preparing them.  Also consider that, instead of purchasing these same photos at a simple 4x6" size for roughly $300, you're getting them all in one wonderful package that's bound in a beautiful, protective hard cover.  Add to that the quotes that go with them, and you have a great conversation piece to put in your living room that was put together with a lot of thought and care.  There's a lot of time spent on the photographs, as well.  I spend the time and effort taking the photographs, and then I spend a lot more time putting the finishing touches on them so that you get only the best in quality.  On top of that, I spend even more time organizing the images, laying them out in the correct order, finding all the quotes that will match up with them, etc.  Not to mention the cost of the supplier!  There's a lot more behind-the-scenes work than is probably realized!

"Sold!" you now say.  Great!  I truly look forward to bringing a piece of nature through my eyes into your home.  Don't forget that they make great gifts, too!

One more thing I'd like to mention is that a portion of the proceeds of each of my Coffee Table Books goes toward a variety of charities that deal with the protection of nature and wildlife.  These collective proceeds will be donated to a different charity at each year end.  For example, at the end of this year, and probably next year also since this year is quickly coming to an end and I've only just begun to offer these photo books, I will be donating to the Nature Conservancy.  They are a worldwide organization, and their motto is "Protecting Nature.  Preserving Life."  If it weren't for organizations like this, there wouldn't necessarily be all the natural, picturesque landscapes and magnificent, graceful animals for people like me to photograph and be able to offer people like you.

If you have any other questions about these books, the photos in them, or about my donations, please feel free to email me.

I hope you enjoy the Coffee Table Book as much as I enjoyed making it!


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