The Appeal of a Coffee Table book

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Attractive Coffee Table Books

In the early part of the 20th century, Frederick Barnard published a piece commending the value of using photographs in advertising with the title “One look is worth a thousand words”.

A coffee table book exemplifies that exact message, as the images appeal to the imagination of readers.

There are many types of appealing coffee table book, Cookbooks to those depicting Sci-Fi or space images, wildlife photography, scenic shots, illustrations, and more – the possible categories of a coffee table book are endless.

In March 2019, an article in NY Magazine’s The Strategist listed 42 of the year’s most giftable coffee table books (so far).  The books listed include a slew of categories: fashion, floral, celebrities, cooking, space exploration, and more.

What are the four important elements in making an appealing coffee table book?

  1. Find an attractive theme for a book that would appeal to some audience.
  2. Focus on creating a good-looking, high quality book.
  3. Ensure that there is a market for your coffee table book.
  4. Develop your book – this is the most rigorous step in the process.

Research coffee table books that are not only visually appealing and included seamlessly in your home decor. An article written by Rebekah Dempsey found value in coffee table books that enhance a home’s interior design. Complementing the other décor while adding something to the room. For reference, see the image below from

A coffee table book in an oversized book, typically hardcover bound.

The purpose of coffee table books is to display on a table as part of the room’s décor. For guests in your home to view the many photographs. Nowadays, however, there are many directions one can take when creating such books.  Coffee table books no longer focus only on photography, but can be cookbooks, illustrations, design…

PRC Book Printing specializes printing coffee table books. Visit our hardcover book printing page to see examples of the many books we have produced, along with work from award winning clients known for the print quality of their work.  There are many print options and techniques to make your books stand out from an average hardcover book. Please contact us today to learn more options and find the best price for your coffee table books. Call us at 888.659.8320 or email: to speak a customer service representative.

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