The craft of making photo books can be overwhelming, but it's worth doing. My kids love flipping through the books and talking about the fun they had. I found the best way to go about making a photo book is to focus on a certain event so it's not overwhelming - a family vacation, a child's birthday, pictures from a photo shoot, etc.
Here's my thoughts on a few publishers:
Photoworks - I got my Photoworks book for free with a code a little before Christmas. I was amazed that they offered a hardbound book for free! Their quality is first-class. The layout software was alright - easy to use, no downloading needed.
Blurb - I got my Blurb book for half-off,plus free shipping. I used it to make my baby a book with pictures from his first year. You have to downlad their software, but they were my favorite in layout because I didn't have to stick with the templates provided - I could arrange the page how I wanted, drag picture boxes to just the right size, etc. I liked the freedom I had in design, but for a novice it might be a little harder to work with than other programs.
HotPrints - this comes more like a magazine than a book, but does it matter - it's FREE every month - free book, free shipping! There is an advertisement in the middle, but it pulls right out. It was fun to make a book of pictures of the kids in the snow - I normally wouldn't have made a book from these non-monumental photos, but for free, why not. This month I plan on taking pictures of all the ships my son has built out of legos and making that into a book for him.
Picaboo - never tried them, but I will because if you use the code AFFLGB before March 31st you get a free book.
Blog2Print - I've never used them either, but have a friend who likes them. The thing here is that you type in your blog address and it turns it into a book for you - seems easy. But I must blog too much - I tried doing 2009 from my family blog, and it was $95.
Are there any PhotoBook Publishers that you love? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section. Now go make a book!