Opinions are my own -these sites don’t even know I exist or that I’m talking about their products
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!
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