>> TMG, traditionally has been available >> only through Genealogy Book Shops. >> Maybe Bob V. can add more on the whys >> of this.
Don't get me started . Basically, you have to convince big distributors that there will be sufficient demand for the product - and much of that is measured by the product's presence in the mainstream press.When we asked why PC Magazine didn't mention TMG in its Spring 1999 roundup, they explained that they decide what products to include based on what they find in CompUSA .Catch 22.
(We're told that the June 4, 2000 roundup mentions TMG.However, I predict that the Editor's choice will be FTM).
And once you've demonstrated that there will be sufficient demand, you get to pay big money for the priviledge of putting your product on their shelves - rather like grocery stores.
For these reasons and more, it is a real challenge for an independent software developer to get a product distributed through mainstream channels.Usually it is done through a publisher - which can itself be a briar patch.
BTW, either Linda Arnold is mistaken or Staples has some splainin' to do.
This is getting pretty far off track - so please direct any further comments intended for me to the TMG section on GenForum (www.genforum.genealogy.com/tmg) or to the TMG-L list (www.doit.com/tdoyle/tmg/tmg-l.html) or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now I am off to Providence for the NGS conference....