In 1997, Infobases Inc. (a company I founded with Dan Taggart) had more than 150,000 customers. Powered by search engine technology from Folio Corporation, we distributed libraries of valuable reference material (primarily religious and educational content) on CD ROM.
In 1997 we exited this CD ROM business to build Ancestry.com. Since that time, CD ROM sales overall seem to have been in a steep decline as more and more content and customers have turned to the web to access information.
But desktop search engines still have more powerful features than internet based search engines, and many of us wondered how popular a new LDS CD ROM library would be after many years without an update.
Earlier this year, LDS Media LLC formed a partnership with Deseret Book Company, raised more than $1 million from investors, and reassembled many key people from the Folio/Infobase era.
The result is the introduction of the 2005 edition of the LDS Collectors Library CD-ROM. With more than 15,000 orders to date, it appears that this new product will be adopted widely.
If you use this product and would like to help us improve it over time, please join our online group LDS Computer Users (hosted by Google Groups). Some of the ideas we hope to explore with you include:
- What additional content should we add to the library?
- How can we improve the usability and features of the product?
- How shall we integrate audio clips, video clips, maps and images into the product.
- What kinds of presentation tools should we design for teachers and parents so they can use gospel content in their talks and lessons?
- When should we make portions of the library (and multimedia) accessible via portable devices and what devices should we support first (PDAs, Cell Phones, Smart Phones, Blackberries, Tablet PCs, etc.)?
Please consider joining our LDS Computer Users group and actively participating with us in designing our future versions.