The neatest thing they have for us bloggers is a blog-to-print book where you put in your blog information and their software goes and picks up your posts. You select the posts to want to import and it puts the text and images into the book. First, you download their software called “book smart” and then you create the book within their software. And, the best thing is that it automatically saves everything right away, so you don’t have to worry about losing it.
That was originally my plan. I was going to upload the first year of #1’s life from our family blog and have it printed; that would be her baby book. However, when the software “slurped” up my text and images, it wasn’t formatted exactly the same as my blog. This meant that captions for certain pictures weren’t where I wanted them. After seeing that I had over 200 pages, I decided to nix the text and just go for the pictures.
Here’s the book I made:
Editing the book was no small task. It took quite a while to do (but it ended up being over 150 pages). My biggest complaint was that the pictures didn’t “snap” into place. So, I had to go through each page and look for a very small gap letting me know that the picture didn’t quite fit. And, unfortunately, I did miss a couple, so there are some gaps around a couple pictures.
However, the customer service was awesome. I received my first book in the mail and several pages were bent. I contacted them, they asked for some pictures, and within a couple days I received a new copy of my book. Now that is customer service.