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Want to reproduce an heirloom family album to preserve the original and share copies with family? Use one of these photo book sites. Most such sites offer step-by-step assistance in videos, tutorials and design guides, making it easy to be your own publisher.
Just use your flatbed scanner to make a digital image of each page (go with full-color JPG files at a resolution of 300 dpi, using sRGB color space), then upload the images to a photo book website. The layout options for full-page or full-bleed photos are great for album pages. If you have a slow internet connection, look for a site that offers a desktop version you can use offline until it’s time to upload your book. And be sure to search for discount codes before purchasing your book.
|Website||Price for 26-page hardcover
|AdoramaPix||$39.95 for an 8×8-inch book||Select from 13 sizes of hardcover or faux leather books.||Choose the optional lay-flat binding if you’re using lots of two-page photo spreads.|
|Blurb||$25.95 for a 7×7-inch book||You can download BookSmart Desktop to work offline. Seven sizes are available in hardcover or softcover.||
||You can convert your Blurb book an inexpensive e-book for the iBook app on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.|
|MixBook||$32.99 for an 8.5×8.5-inch book||Choose from seven sizes with hardcover, softcover, leather and optional dust jacket.||
||Explore the Online Scrapbook options for ideas to create your own family heirloom.|
|Shutterfly||$35.99 for an 8.5×8.5-inch book||Five book sizes are available in hardcover or softcover, cloth or leather.||
||Invite your family to view and order copies of your book on a personal share site.|
|Smilebooks||$35.95 for an 8×8-inch book||Use desktop software to work offline. Choose from eight sizes; hard- or softcover, leather or cloth covers.||
||Custom design services are available.|
|Snapfish||$34.96 for an 8×8-inch book||Online design for five book sizes including hard- and softcover, leather and dust jacket||
||A custom service lets you have your book professionally designed.|
From the September 2012 Family Tree Magazine.