Because of the large number of products we have and the fact that everyone selects a different collection of products to purchase from us, it’s not possible to ship every product we sell on a CD. That seems simple but it throws some people for a loop.
Today I was asked: “If I can’t purchase this Bible on a CD but instead have to download it, how do I back it up in the event of hard drive or computer failure?” Seems like a good question but I have to say this user is thinking too hard.
First, it sounds like this person is concerned about keeping good back-ups of their hard drive. That’s a good practice. I use Connected Online Backup (www.connected.com) to back-up my files every night while I sleep. But if this person is doing regular back-ups, then the question is already answered: If you download the file from our site it will be backed up during your normal daily back-up procedure.
When I tell people this, I’m often met with stammering. “Well,” they say, “I don’t really do back-ups the way I should.” If that’s the case, then it’s worth pointing out that our failure to ship the product you want on a CD isn’t really the cause of your problem — the problem is that you’re not really backing up your data to begin with, hence your fear of losing our files.
The solution of course is to simply write a CD or DVD containing the files you download from our site. It can’t get much simpler than that. It’s way cheaper than buying a CD from us (if we sold such a thing). By the time you paid for shipping it would be significantly less expensive to just make your own CD.
I’m sorry if this article seems obvious. We get this question surprisingly often so I thought it would be worth addressing here.