If the fantasy gamer market can support hobbies such as miniatures gaming which cost hundreds of dollars to play, we can support a 400-page hardcover book with very pro binding and full colour that costs $80 or so. Feel free to disagree with me if you wish, but I'd rather pay for the best.
I would call you the exception, rather than the rule
It'd be great if we could count on that level of support from the community, but frankly, the RPG industry doesn't prove that through sales. If you look at the number people grousing about the average book cost going from $35 to $40 - a price game companies started using over 10 years ago - it doesn't scream viable to go double that.
Black Industries is about to release a 400 page full-colour hardcover for the WH40K RPG "Dark Heresy" at $65 U.S. If they can do it, why can't Crafty?
Namely, because we're not selling a Warhammer 40k licensed RPG - the biggest wargame in the world - and a game that has been asked for since Rogue Trader hit the stands 18 years ago
Spycraft is good, but not NEARLY that popular.
BTW - Thanks to everyone who shared their knowledge of Crafty's PDF releases. It looks like I will need to persue this route if I want colour versions of their books. With the Mongoose book binding problems still seeming unresolved, this might be the best route to take, regardless.
Nez is the first person I have heard of having any binding problems. As for color versions, we have discussed the possibility of "prestige" color versions of certain products at some point for niche customers who want the Cadillac book, such as yourself. At this time, though, such plans are simply talk, and far FAR away from even being decided upon.