Blurb is my personal choice over Chatbooks and Shutterfly. I have only just begun using Blurb on the advice of my friend Joe Chrvala. Joe has been doing some great photography over the years and I have seen the books he produced. Another friend referred Chatbooks and someone else recommended Shutterfly.
I invite you to check them all out if you have ever thought of producing a photo album or even something like an eBook to sell!
- Free program (Blurb BookWright) to create on your local computer
- Use your own high quality images
- Great templates, both free and fee based
- Great pricing
- Deliver internationally
My daughter was married recently and will be moving to the UK shortly. I wanted something she could take with her that won’t take much space and that she could give to her new family. I remembered Joe talking about Blurb and called him to get the address. Wow! So easy to use. I created the book and ordered copies for the kids to take the UK, plus one for us of course! I could have delivered directly to UK for the same shipping cost but they were going anyway and I didn’t want to pay once for here and once for there.
If you ever thought creating a book to sell, they make it so easy! No, I’m not pitching this to you. You wouldn’t have any reason to be interested in this album other than as a sample. Click here to see the book preview.
- Links to social media for pics = lower quality images. (You can upload your own)
- Gets expensive when you go beyond basic book
- Not as intuitive as Blurb if you want to apply layouts
My friend said she found Chatbooks really cheap. If you only order the basic $15 book, she would be correct. For myself, I take way too many pictures and wouldn’t like to limit myself that much. Too hard to choose! Feedback I found online indicated that when people use the connection to social media to make the books, this seems to be optimized for Instagram, you run the risk of the images being too low quality when you produce a book.
Chatbooks offers a phone app to produce offline but that doesn’t help on my laptop. This is a big factor for me.
- Upload your own images or pull directly from social media (You control the quality)
- Offers pre-formatted layouts
- Offers service to do the work for you
- Can be reasonably priced but watch out for add ons
I went to Shutterfly and set up an account where I tried to create a similar book but for a trip I did last year. I think if I limited myself to the same number of pages, pricing is only a little more than Blurb. I did like the layout options. I didn’t like the fact I couldn’t figure out how to work offline when creating the book. When I traveled on my bus commute to work, I couldn’t work on the book because the WiFi on the bus is really limited for upload and download. I gave up!
Blurb Wins! (For me.)
I prefer Blurb because I can work locally with high quality graphics to produce a reasonably priced book whether in hard cover, soft cover or as an eBook. We all have different needs and I can’t choose for you but I hope this gives you a place to start. If you have ever thought of creating and selling a book, Blurb makes it easy including the “Store front” with a shopping cart!
When will you write your first book?
Make it a great day,
P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for my friends, Blurb and Lenovo! What are you thankful for today?