I'm a writer/farmer/hypnotherapist/engineer in Oregon, where my wife Karen and I run a small free-range poultry and egg operation.
After realizing that most of the world's best books are out of print and forgotten, we decided to start our own publishing company, Norton Creek Press, to start bringing them back, one book at a time.
Our first book was Success With Baby Chicks, because we learned that brooding chicks successfully was harder than it looks! We hit the library and read everything we could find on day-old chicks, chicken coop construction, heat-lamp brooders, chick starter -- you name it. And after a few years, we got it down to a system that always worked (before that? Not so much). And I wrote it all up in one slim volume: Success With Baby Chicks.
And it was the same with chicken coops: we figured out early that weather vanes on the roof don't make the hens lay any better, but what actually helped? And we reprinted the best book we could find on chicken-coop construction: Fresh-Air Poultry Houses.
For the serious poultrykeeper, I've published Leslie Card's all-encompassing Poultry Production, G. F. Heuser's massive work on nutrition, Feeding Poultry, and F. B. Hutt's encyclopedic Genetics of the Fowl.
One of the nice things about having your own publishing company is that you can print books just because you want to, so I reprinted Ruth Stout's Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy & the Indolent, which I loved when I was a kid, along with some of her other books, like the quirky Company Coming: Six Decades of Hospitality and her much-underrated self-help book, If You Would be Happy.
And when I became interested in hypnosis, I discovered that this, too, is a field where many of the best books are out of print, so I republished John G. Watkins' Hypnotherapy of War Neuroses, which talks about his work during WWII with battlefield PTSD and other problems of the traumatized soldier.