This book will either be delivered electronically or, if someone is willing to pay the cost of several thousand pages, in print. The only hangup in this respect is that I fear an electronic delivery will end in unauthorized redistribution. My intent, after all, is to make some decent impact as an author, the profits from this work allowing me to work unimpeded on the next, which just happens to be a biographical aspect of The Beatles which also I have not found already published.
Therefore, I look forward to your suggestions regarding delivery. Here so far are the best ideas:
(1) Printed Matter #1. To avoid piracy, this is the best option. The downside is the cost to you, the fan and consumer. Two thousand (guesstimate) COLOR (necessary) pages at a lowest price of 5 cents per copy equals $100 for pages only, no binding. These pages would then need to be bound in some manner, either spiral or 3-ring.
(2) Printed Matter #2. To publish a standard book of this size would likely require several volumes. This would be a more costly venture. John Winn was able to minimize cost impact by breaking up his work into several volumes, and this is feasible. I would actually love to work in this manner, on a "subscription" basis, wherein a customer pays for content as it's produced. Perhaps it can be established to release one segment at a time (by year, even though the finished product will be alphabetical, not chronological).
(3) "Secure" pdf or other electronic format. Here, the cost of electronic delivery keeps the consumer price down to the $30-50 range which is not burdensome in these economic times. More customers. However, there is a grave piracy risk. I haven't yet looked into every electronic option, so I can't say with certainty that there is no ultra-secure delivery. I would actually prefer to offer electronic delivery since it enhances the search option.
Regarding completion rate, there have been some snags this month, so the overall progress is up to 17%, which is good movement but a little behind schedule. I'll have to work faster.
If you would like to see sample pages, please leave a comment here or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.