As a freelance writer/editor, I work with a gent named Ken Webb of Worth Press, a publisher in England who puts together high-quality, illustrated, full-color-throughout, coffee-table-type books that he prints cheap in China and then sells through places like Costco and Barnes & Noble. He's sold over 4 million copies of his titles worldwide so far, the key to his success being unique, high-quality, pride-of-ownership books offered at attractive prices.
After Ken read about the Doubleday edition of the Book of Mormon some time ago, he decided to look into doing a Mormon-themed book. He and I were put into contact, and I did a Mormon history timechart with him that has sold well enough for Costco to reprint it several times, and now their distributor has commissioned a revised edition of it.
Based in San Diego, employees of that distributor recently noticed the impressive LDS temple there and have requested that we do a big, illustrated, full-color, coffee-table book on temples, and we're just now finalizing that deal. The title is Latter-Day Houses of the Lord: Images & Details of the First 125 Temples.
So now Ken feels that there's an untapped vein for more Mormon books along these lines, and he wants to do all kinds of Mormon books. We're talking about doing a Mormon history wall calendar and an illustrated Mormon pioneer almanac to bring to life the 1846-1860ish pioneers. Other ideas he's talked about include Mormon-themed "social stationery" (is that a British term?), notebooks, planners, recipe books, all kinds of stuff.
I've sort of become their Utah/Mormon go-to guy, and frankly I need to get some more book ideas to talk about with them. Does anyone have any thoughts, ideas, suggestions, pointers, referrals for potential Mormon-themed coffee-table and other kinds of mass-market books? Ken actually asked me to start brainstorming with other Mormons to see what's wanted, what gaps in the Mormon market exist, what LDS publishers may have already tried but not with enough lavish full-color treatment and low price point, etc.
So what impressive, full-color Mormon-themed books can you envision sitting on your coffee table? Thanks in advance for any input you may have, and please pass on this request to others who may be interested.