Strong Updates Volume I, the Jedediah line, has been out of print for more than 5 years. This is the line which we published first, over 20 years ago. This is the line which has possibly has the most interest — it’s the first book that sold out.
When the Jedediah Book was published back in 1989, it generated a wealth of new material. People bought the book, read the book, and submitted even more genealogical information to the Strong Family Association of America. We have been gathering and editing that information for decades — but it has never been published, until now.
It’s never really been practical to consider publishing second editions of our Updates books as new print editions. The up-front costs are prohibitive. The current trend is towards electronic publishing. People read books on their kindles and nooks, and on their home computers.
It’s this fact which made a Second Edition practical. We created the book as a pair of PDF files, which we have packaged on a great-looking CD which can be read by any modern computer. The editorial and production process has taken us nearly two years, and countless hours.
I believe that everyone who has the original printed Jedediah Book — no longer available, at any price — will be very happy to purchase the Second Edition. We have added literally many hundreds of pages of updated information.
The Jedediah Book, Second Edition, is finally complete! Yay! We are currently packaging the book on CD. The book, on CD, will begin shipping on March 1, 2011.