Elvis UK3, Elvis UK (with bonus material), Elvis UK – Cover Story and now Elvis UK – Beyond RCA, exist only as digital download flip books – no physical copies are available.
So why digital? This is a good but complicated question so let’s try to keep our answer simple.
Fans / collectors have long been aware that the Elvis market place has been shrinking and that serious collecting – whether that is is for vinyl releases, CD sets, or narrowly focused but highly desirable books – has become exceedingly expensive for the buyer. As these books become more and more detailed, their size and weight increases correspondingly and many fans – ourselves included – not only struggle to lift and handle the books – but find it difficult to store them.
Our reasons for opting for a digital release stem from several major considerations. Chiefly, the cost of producing a book has never been cheap – even to self-publish. However, publishing anything apart from a modest and straightforward work, is unbelievably expensive. From experience, we know that simply recouping initial production costs can take years.
Then, of course, production costs and all other associated expenses, including postage and packaging, have to be passed on to the buyer – resulting in an overall cost for our project which we considered too high.
And so we have turned to a digital platform to reduce costs and deliver a wide range of other benefits to the buyer/reader.