What is the difference between picture books and easy to read books?

Picture books and easy to read books have many similar qualities. That’s why it’s not surprising that many people wonder what defines one and the other. To provide a bit of background information and give you a good overview, we will look at these two types of books and answer the frequently asked question “What is the difference between picture books and easy to read books?”

Book with pictures and text

Without making things all too technical, we’ll look at three key differences between picture books and easy to read books in this article:

  1. The pictures

The key really is in the name. A picture book combines text and pictures or only tells a story in pictures. Easy to read books do not necessarily include any pictures at all. Their focus is typically to teach reading or tell stories to children whose reading is not very advanced yet. Easy to read books thus also refrain from using complex sentence structures and difficult words. To put it simply: A picture book definitely has pictures and may include words; An easy to read book definitely contains words and may show some pictures too.

  1. The purpose

Of course, every kind of book has a purpose. A textbook for university is meant to teach and add valuable background information. A novel aims to entertain, usually teenagers or adults. Photo or picture books tend to be made either for memory preservation or to entertain the younger generations. They can be story books, drawing books, or family photo books.

As mentioned before, the purpose is essential to answer the question “What is the difference between picture books and easy to read books?” Easy to read books aim to make their subject easy to understand. They may use photos or drawings to support the story or topic. Picture books may not even technically have a subject. Per definition, they are simply a collection of pictures bound into a book. The focus is on the pictures, but words may also be used to underline what is shown on the pages. If you think about a family photo book, you’ll mostly think about photos of the parents and children, with some anecdotes or descriptions below some of the photos.

Kermit the frog holding a picture book with writing upside down

  1. The author

While photo books are typically made by the consumer, this doesn’t necessarily apply to all picture books and usually doesn’t apply to easy to read books at all. Most easy to read books are professionally written and sold. Picture books can also fall into this category. After all, there are many children’s books that are mostly pictures with just a few lines of text. But there are also pictures books that aren’t made commercially. Think of photographers who want to present their work professionally or a photo book you made yourself. This can also be a children’s story book – it all depends on your creativity.

Giant book fused with a landscape

So there you have it. The difference between picture books and easy to read books may seem small, but it is relevant. Perhaps the most important difference is the ratio between text and pictures. While picture books usually work with little to no text, easy to read books focus on the text and may only use pictures to underline what the text is about. Picture books also tend to be written or made for entertainment while easy to read books tend to aim at improving one’s reading abilities, especially for children.

We hope this article has helped you answer your question and provided you with some inspiration for your next photo book project. Why not create your very own children’s fairy tale with pictures of your family and your very own adventures written in them?

Can I order prints from my iPhone?

We live in a world of convenience. We no longer have to run to the next store to buy things. We don’t have to connect devices to our computers to transfer data to and from. We can access pretty much any information at any time, as long as we have an Internet connection, which is also a standard as good as everywhere we are. Our mobile phones are capable of tons of things: From taking pictures to ordering from almost anywhere, nothing seems impossible. Taking pictures especially has become the focus of many a smartphone manufacturer. Some mobile phones are actually better at taking photos than placing calls. We take countless pictures every single day and of course, every now and then we’d like to make sure they don’t get lost somewhere in the bits and bytes of the device. So we look for ways to turn them into photo books, prints, decorations, and gifts. Today’s FAQ will deal with just that issue: Can I order prints from my iPhone?

Man holding black and white prints in his hands

The easy answer is, of course, yes! Naturally you can order prints from your iPhone. There are actually lots of ways to do so. The more difficult one being that you go to a store that offers on site printing services and simply connect your phone (via Bluetooth, cable, or app) and choose your photos for printing. The easier one is to stay where you are or go about your business and simply download one of the many photo services apps out there and get started. Here are five popular apps for iOS that will help you answer your question: “Can I order prints from my iPhone?”

  1. Snapfish

Snapfish logo

Snapfish is quite popular in general in the UK. That’s surely also due to their many different products. You can order photo books, photo gifts, photo canvasses, photo prints, and much, much more from their app and website. Of course, the app is free to download from the AppStore. All you need to do is upload your photos, check the quality and press the order button. Depending on the delivery method you choose, you will have your prints between 2 and 5 days of placing your order. Plus, you get 50 free prints every month, so you will only have to pay shipping for your order.

  1. FreePrints

FreePrints logo

If it says free, it’s popular. Just like Snapfish, FreePrints lets you order 85 free prints every month, making you only pay for shipping. That means you get up to 1,000 prints for free in a year. The app is also very easy to use and makes the selection of your photos from your phone, social media, or online storage quite easy. If you know where the photos are that you want to have printed, you can be done within a few minutes.

  1. Photobox FreePrints

Photobox logo

Photobox also offers 50 free prints monthly for their app users. Delivery can be as cheap as £1.49 (typically it costs around £3.99), depending on the weight of your parcel and the delivery method you choose. In terms of usability, there isn’t much to complain about. As with the other apps, you simply pick your photos and proceed to checkout. Convenient and quick. Photobox also has a regular app which lets you create many other things from photo books to photo gifts.

  1. Truprint

Truprint logo

Truprints can import your photos from both your phone and your social media accounts. Of course, there are many other products you can order from Truprints such as mugs, cards, keyrings, and the like. This app is liked particularly for its easy to use interface and quick delivery of 3 to 5 business days.

  1. Bonusprint

Bonusprint Logo

The Bonusprint app is also very popular in the UK. After importing your photos from social media, online storage such as Dropbox, or your phone, you can make some small adjustments (such as cropping). You can choose between six different print sizes (including the very popular retro prints). All in all, it’s easy to use and you can place your order from wherever you are, hassle-free.

Person holding an iPhone in their hand

In this article, we’ve tried to give you a good perspective of the options for ordering prints from your iPhone to answer your question “Can I order prints from my iPhone?”. Have fun bringing your favourite memories back to life and enjoy your photos! If you’re looking to do more than just order prints, have a look at this article about the best photo book apps in the UK!

How do I track my order on Snapfish?

Snapfish is one of the most popular suppliers of photo products in the UK. Countless orders are placed daily – from computers, tablets, and smartphones alike. The sheer number of photo products shipping out from Snapfish alone is inconceivable. We’ve grown quite accustomed to fast and convenient shipping methods. Tracking has come a long way. Often, we can even see precisely where our order is at any given moments and follow the delivery van’s progress through the streets. So how does Snapfish handle shipping and tracking? Based on your question “How do I track my order on Snapfish” we’ll look into their ordering and shipping processes for you today.

  1. Processing your order

Once you’ve convinced yourself that all is right and well with the items you’ve ordered – from prints to photo books or photo gifts – you can click on that infamous order button to set the wheels of Snapfish in motion. Of course, there is a difference in processing time for photo products compared to off-the-shelf products from Amazon or any other place. Before your order can be shipped, it has to be printed and there usually is some form of quality control in place to ensure it’s as perfect as can be.

  1. Shipping your order

Your order from Snapfish is typically shipped within 1 to 2 working days for photo prints and 3 to 4 working days for any other photo products. So once you hit that order button, your photos are being processed at Snapfish and sent to the big printers. Prints are relatively quick to do as it’s only a matter of printing and cutting. Photo books, for example, are a more complex matter and thus will take more time to be completed.

Photography items on a brown table

Depending on the shipping method you choose at checkout, your order is delivered within 1 to 2 days or 2 to 3 days. Tracked delivery is the most convenient and fast method and the one we will be looking into here. Untracked delivery takes longer and you lose the ability to see where your order is at any given moment. Of course, there’s a price involved. While prices generally vary depending on the amount and type of products you order, here’s a handy guide to Snapfish delivery prices.

  1. Tracking your order

Assuming you’ve chosen a tracked delivery for your Snapfish order, you will receive a tracking code via email once your order is shipped out by Snapfish. Just click on “Track my package” in your email to see detailed information for your order on its way to your door. Alternatively, you can always find your tracking information by logging into your Snapfish account. There, you can click on “Order History” and you will see an overview of the orders you have placed with Snapfish. You can then see the status of your order. While it is “in progress”, you won’t be able to see any tracking information. You will have to wait until it says “Shipped”. Then you will find a link to detailed tracking information next to your order.

  1. Dealing with complaints and returns

If there is any problem with your order, there’s always SNapfish help you can turn to for quick support. If, for example, you notice an error in your order within an hour of placing it, you can still cancel your order without any charge. To do so, you must use the website, not their mobile app! To access the cancellation link, you need to log into your account on Snapfish and go to “Order History” or “Recent Orders”. There, you will find a button that says “Cancel order” if you’re still within 60 minutes of placing your order. You’ll need to confirm your cancellation and the you’re done.

Graphic of woman dealing with complaints

Should there be any damage to your order or some irregularity, you can contact Snapfish via email or contact form and they will process your request in a timely fashion. They will let you know how you can return the damaged or faulty product. Typically, Snapfish customer service is very friendly and accommodating.

How do I track my order on Snapfish?

Snapfish makes it very easy to place and track your order and they have very friendly staff handling your complaints and help you find answers to your questions. We hope to have helped you answer the question How do I track my order on Snapfish in this article.

What is the maximum number of pages in a Shutterfly photo book?

Just last week, we covered the topic of how many pages you can place in a Snapfish photo book. Today, we’ll have a look at a similar question concerning Shutterfly: What is the maximum number of pages in a Shutterfly photo book? The simple answer is not always the best one. While it is possible to place up to 111 pages in a Shutterfly photo book, your photo book may end up quite large. Let’s have a look at the possibilities right here.

Let’s take this book by book, meaning we’ll look at the different book types (in terms of size) available and see how many pages are included and how many pages you can add. Generally speaking, all photo books start out with 20 pages and can hold up to 111 pages. However, that doesn’t mean you should. There are six sizes to choose from:

  1. 7×9

The smallest of the bunch is a 7×9 photo book. Now imagine a photo book this size with 111 pages. It simply seems a little too big. There should be a good ratio between the size and the number of pages. We believe a good number for this size would rather be around 40-50 pages. It’s not particularly small nor is it overloaded.

A picture of an open photo book with a landscape

  1. 8×8:

Pretty much the same applies for this photo book. The size is the same as it is fore the first one, only it is in a square format. 111 pages would overload it and let’s be honest: it would take quite some time to get through to the end.

  1. 8×11/11×8

These photo books differ only in their orientation: one is a landscape version, the other is in portrait format. They are, however a little larger than the previous two and thus can still look nice with a few more pages. We recommend no more than 70, though. Of course, it depends on your preference in formatting and photo placement, but a 70-page photo book is quite large.

8x11" Portrait Photo Book deal by Snpafish product image

  1. 10×10

This square format also has a little more substance to it than its little sibling. Again, depending on how you choose to design the book, you may want more or fewer pages, but we recommend between 50 and 70 overall. It will have a nice feel to it and not seem overloaded.

  1. 12×12

The bigger we get, the more likely you’ll want to play with collages and show off full-page pictures more sporadically. That means that you may not even have that many pictures to fill 111 pages in the first place. Even if you did, when you look at a photo book with lots and lots of collages, page after page, you may not enjoy the experience any more as it is just too much to take in. That’s why we recommend around 70-80 pages maximum for this type of book.

Large photo book with about 50 pages

  1. 11×14

The cream of the crop, the biggest one Shutterfly has to offer. This photo book is for special occasions and extraordinary photos. You have a unique chance to tell your story here and there really isn’t any rule at all. Of course, 111 is still quite a large number of pages and you may want to be cautious when designing that many, but it is your story that rules the book’s design. A solid recommendation for this 11×14 photo book would be around 80-90 pages maximum. There’s no reason not to be content with 30 or 40 pages either. And here’s why:

A photo book is a story you tell with your pictures. If the story is finished, it’s finished. There’s no reason to artificially extend it. A larger photo book is not a better photo book. If your photo book somehow ended up at 111 pages with Shutterfly, you may even want to think about using more collages to shorten it and spice things up a little. A photo book with only full-page images (especially larger ones) doesn’t really make a very creative impression at all. On the other hand, a photo book made only with collages doesn’t give individual pictures the chance to stand out and make an impact. Choose the design of your photo book wisely and let your creativity take the reins.

We hope to have helped you not only answer your question “What is the maximum number of pages in a Shutterfly photo book?” but also give you a good insight into the possibilities you have when it comes to choosing a number of pages for your book.

How many photos can you put in a Snapfish photo book?

Snapfish is a popular service for photo books. They offer a wide variety of styles and types and make the design very easy indeed. We recently discussed the topic of how many pages should be in a photo book here. Another question that many people have is: “How many photos can you put in a Snapfish photo book?” Of course, this does somewhat relate to the number of pages you choose and the size of the photo book itself. That’s why in this article, we’ll try our best to answer your question.

  1. The absolute maximum

Now, let’s answer the question very simply. How many photos can you put in a Snapfish photo book? 3,000. The biggest photo book you can make (A3 or 20x20cm) has up to 150 pages. If you place a 20-picture collage on each and every page, you will have achieved the maximum of 3,000 photos in a Snapfish photo book, plus the cover and back photos. The more pressing question is: should you? In almost all cases, the answer will be no. It’s simply too many photos and it sort of takes the joy out of creating a photo book in the first place. You’re usually better off with a good mix of full-page pictures and collages.

  1. The smaller books

While an A3 photo book can make room for up to 3,000 photos, smaller books can’t accommodate 20 pictures per page. The A5 photo book, for instance, also offers up to 150 pages but only has layouts for up to six photos per page. That means, an A5 photo book can hold up to 900 photos, which is still quite a large amount. If you were to try it, each and every one of your photos would be in 70x74cm format. The smallest book Snapfish has to offer (A6) lets you design up to 60 pages and has collage options for up to 6 pictures. So you can fill this tiny book with up to 360 photos.

Snapfish small photo book

  1. The middle

Square photo books have become quite popular in the last few years. Their format is refreshing and they offer new design and layout possibilities. We took a look at Snapfish’s 8×8 square photo book. Just like with the other types, you can add up to 150 pages to the book. Here, you can choose a layout with up to 16 individual photos, which means if you really went for it, you could create this photo book with up to 2,400 photos.

  1. The reality

Let’s be honest: We can do a lot but we really don’t have to. Snapfish FAQ also states that you shouldn’t work on a project with more than 2,000 pictures as this will be quite a strain on their software. While that’s not something you should technically be concerned about, a photo book with so many photos simply isn’t something you can really enjoy. Variation and moderation is the key. If you want to show off your brilliant photos, do so by giving them the space they need to shine. Let a photo be spread across two pages, for instance. With a layflat photo book, this really makes a wonderful impression. Thaat doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use collages, either. For example: Use a layout that shows off one picture in the centre and frame it with small pictures. Or use a masonry collage to mix it up a little every now and then after you used some full-page images before. A good photo book is a perfect mix and be sure to value quality over quantity where you can.

Variety is the key to answering your question How many photos can you put in a Snapfish photo book?

Conclusion

So, there it is. How many photos can you put in a Snapfish photo book? Well, up to 3,000. How many photos should you put in a Snapfish photo book? Not so many! Bigger isn’t always better and only working with collages or only working with full-page images is usually not the best choice at all. Mix it up and make your photo book show your style!

How do I make a photo book?

It’s a wonderful tradition and a great way to remember times past: Photo books have been around for ages. At first, it was all about having photos printed and carefully placing them in empty books, adding descriptions and stories to the entries. Many of us have these old picture books at home that our grandparents and parents put together. It’s great to look back at those old pictures and see the world through their eyes. Now, things have become much easier, much faster. Instead of having to order pictures and glue or tape them into an album, we can create photo books from our computers or smartphones within minutes and order a complete photo book directly to our doorstep. But how do I make a photo book? That’s what we’ll look at in this post.

  1. Choose your photos

Of course, it all starts with your photos. That also means that you choose a story to tell in your photo book. Perhaps you just went on a wonderful family holiday or you want to create a special gift for friends or grandparents? Either way, you need to select the right photos for your design. It’s practical to collect them in a folder so that you can find them quickly them later on. Make sure to choose photos with good resolution as this will impact the quality of the printed pages.

  1. Choose a style

Now it’s time to think about the way you’d like your photo book to look. If you already know which service you’d like to use, that’s great. If you don’t, have a look around PhotoBook options.

We make it easy for you to find the right book and choose the best service that goes with your choice. We also have some tips for choosing the right number of pages for your photo book in this article. In any case, you can choose large, small, square, or compact photo books.

  1. Choose the binding

Of course, hardcover photo books have a great look and feel. However, they are not always the best for your needs. Softcover photo books give you the impression of holding a proper book in your hands and you can easily flip through them. Another thing to consider is the fold. If you want to place big images across two pages, you will find the layflat photo book style ideal. The book literally lies flat on the table so you can admire all of your picture without losing any of it in the middle. For children’s books, a good, sturdy binding is important as the book may get tossed about a bit and needs to be durable. Keep all this in mind when you make your choice.

A picture of an open photo book with a landscape

  1. Choose a device

All photo book services also offer apps. Most of our photos are on our phones nowadays anyhow, so there’s no need to transfer the files to your computer. Also, this makes it easy to create your photo book on the go, for example while you’re on the train. Up until you order your photo book, you won’t even need an internet connection.

  1. Start designing

Once you’ve chosen a book and decided on a photo book service to go with, you can finally start designing your photo book. If you created a folder for your pictures, you’ll notice that all you have to do is upload this folder and you’re ready to go. Of course, you can also import pictures from social media or online storage spaces. You can have the software place your photos chronologically and re-order them afterwards. That makes the design process quite simple. A typical mistake is to overdo the decorations. Keep backgrounds and frames simple as they only distract from your images. Also be sure to add text to complete your design. Perhaps you can include little anecdotes or poems. The more work you put into the design process, the happier you will be with the finished product. At the end of the day, you’re the one who needs to be happy with the design.

Person viewing and selecting photos on a computer

Conclusion

How do I make a photo book is an easy question to answer. That’s mostly because the process isn’t as daunting as one might think. Of course, there is work involved and the more important the project is for you, the more effort you will want to put into it. The software for creating a photo book has come a long way and in almost every single case, it is very intuitive and offers a wide range of design options and templates for you to peruse. The most important part is that your photos get a chance to shine and you can remember those wonderful memories in years to come.

How many pages should be in a photo book?

There are a lot of reasons for creating a photo book. Some use family photos, others their travel pictures and some are passionate photographers. And often we ask ourselves the question of how many pages is enough?

In each case, there is some form of theme involved. The theme and the quantity of photos you want to use to create your photo book are important parts of the final page count of your book.

That’s why, when we’re looking at the question “How many pages should be in a photo book”, all we can say is “it depends”.

Of course, creating a photo book with five pages is just as unsuitable as designing one with over 100 pages. But typically, a good page number is 20 to 50.

Don’t forget that each page can have more than one photo on it. Let’s have a look at some of the photo book types and what the ideal page number could look like.

Family: 30 – 40 pages

The most popular type of family photo books is a yearbook. It is used to showcase all the adventures and special moments that took place in the space of a year.

For many families, creating a photo book every year is a big tradition. After many years, they can look back on each and every year in splendid detail.

Of course, we usually don’t take a special picture or experience noteworthy things every single day in a year.

Also, family photo books are typically filled with collages and texts to help us remember things in more detail.

An average family photo book will have around 30 pages. If you choose 32 pages, each season will have 8 pages for photos and stories, which is a nice way to structure your project.

Baby: 20 – 30 pages

Baby photo books are very similar to family photo books, only you will be forced to stop them once the baby has simply grown out of being a baby (unless you have another one, that is).

While babies are incredibly adorable and fantastic subjects for photos, there’s simply not that much that they actually do, making it hard to fill more than 30 pages with pictures that are at least marginally different.

Of course, babies develop rather quickly, which means there always is something changing, but it’s much more effective to use fewer photos and showcase these changes than forcing as many photos into the book as humanly possible.

The average for baby photo books is around 25 pages. That includes the professional pictures you probably had done by a photographer and various collages of hilarious baby moments.

Photography: 20 – 50 pages

Photography is a wildcard. If you want to showcase a lot of pictures, regardless of the theme or style, your photo book can end up quite large with up to 50 (or even more) pages.

That’s partly because the photos will most likely be in a 1:1 ratio to the number of pages, as photography aims to capture detail.

For many photographers, it’s also important to include information about the picture, its intention, and the like. These texts can take up quite a lot of room in the photo book.

Most likely, though, you will create a photo book about a certain type of photography, such as nature or portraits. That will make the picture selection less extensive and thus result in less overall pages in the book.

An old school camera with black and white photos on a wooden table

Travel: 30-40

Your travels tell a story. Of course, it depends on where you went and how long you were there.

The more places and things you’ve seen, the more pages you will need for your travel photo book.

Perhaps you’ll even use some pages just for written stories or diary-type entries. In a travel photo book, you’re very likely to want to create collages and combine pictures to tell a story without words as well. That is why it’s less likely to go over more than 40 pages.

Also read:

What is the maximum number of pages in a Shutterfly photo book?

How many photos can you put in a Snapfish photo book?

 

Wedding / Special events: 30-40

Weddings are (meant to be) unique occasions. As such, they have a special standing in terms of photo books. For one thing, there are lots and lots of photos. Friends and family will certainly spend quite a lot of time capturing this special day.

Then there is the photographer whom most couples hire. He is literally paid to take pictures and they usually end up being pretty amazing ones at that.

So once you’ve gone through all of the pictures and selected the ones that really catch the magic of the day, you’ll have quite a few to work with.

Of course, there’s also a timeline to the event, which can easily be incorporated into the book. Assuming you’re designing your book for yourselves, you’re safe with about 30 to 40 pages.

It’s not too much to get through the book in one sitting and it’s not too little to miss certain moments or memories.

When you’re looking at other special events, you’re safe with around 20-30 pages. Of course, it depends on the type of event and the number of photos, but it’s likely not to be as many pages as a wedding photo book.

Conclusion

So how many pages should be in a photo book? There is no rule we can set for you, but it’s usually best to stick to the ‘Less is more’ principle.

Collages and page-layouts make it possible to be creative and use more than one photo per page.

When you start designing, choose a larger number of photos so you can continue to filter through them as you go.

The red thread will develop once you’re working on your photo book. We hope to have helped you with your question” How many pages should be in a photo book?” Enjoy your photos and check the latest photobook promotions or best awards for your next project to save even more!

What is the easiest photo book to make?

In our series of FAQ articles, we’ve looked at many popular questions about photo books. Often, the answers are quite difficult, as there rarely is “the one best” photo book for any specific need. Today, we’ll be discussing another quite complex question: “What is the easiest photo book to make?” The trouble with this question is that it isn’t clear as to whether it’s about the easiest software to make photo books or the easiest type of photo book to make. As we’ve looked at software quite a lot, for example in this article, we’ll take a look at the different photo book types and how easy they are to make.

  1. Very small formats

There are quite a few formats and sizes out there, each offering their own kind of unique value. By far the easiest photo book type to make is a very small one. A good example is the Prestige photo book by Foto.com in 21x21cm square format. Due to its size and format, there is typically very little space for extra text or complicated arrangements on the pages. That means that all you need to do is upload your photos, place them in the order you prefer, perhaps make some individual adjustments in terms of cropping and backgrounds, and check your finished product before ordering. This doesn’t mean you can’t add text. As a matter of fact, Foto.com and all other services offer different layouts with and without text. Typically, a small format like this 21x21cm photo book just looks much better if the photos are the centre of attention. This type of photo book is great for family and travel pictures or as thank-you gifts for your wedding guests.

  1. Baby photo books

Little girl in a blue dress looking out the window

There are many reasons why baby photo books are among the easiest to make. First, you have tons of photos to use, so it’s easy to fill. Second, you’re very likely to turn down the option to add text or make graphic adjustments to the pictures, because you will want to showcase the newest addition to your family as prominently as possible. Baby photos simply have that magic about them that makes you want to use them as they are. Third, even if you want to use every possible feature available, there are so many templates and ideas to choose from and you will be so passionate about your project, that it will be very easy to finish your project.

  1. Family photo books

While there is usually a timeline that structures a family photo book, it is still relatively easy to put together. For many, a family photo book is a collection of pictures from one particular year or a best-of selection over many years. The former is a little more effort than the latter, as a yearbook works best with descriptions and little anecdotes about everyday life.

  1. Wedding photo books

Closeup of two hands holding wedding rings at an Indian wedding

A wedding is such a special occasion. Ideally, you will only have one in your life. All the more important to get it right! That’s why the creation of a wedding photo book can be among the most difficult. There are typically a lot of photos to choose from (and it’s a tough choice!) and a lot of care is taken to put them in a good order, choose a suitable format and styling (collages, full-sized images, etc.) and insert inspiring and loving quotes, descriptions, and perhaps the vows or similarly touching memories.

  1. Travel

Travel photo books tend to tell a story – in pictures and words. Choosing just the right images and putting together the story of your trip can be quite a challenge. Just like with family photo books, the timeline is important, which means that in most cases, there will be a lot so sorting and rearranging involved to get things just the way you’d like to have them. Plus, we often take our time to sit down and put together our photo books so some of your memories may not be as clear as they may have been just after the trip.

A table with family photos and a photo book

Conclusion

As usual, there is no easy answer to the question “What is the easiest photo book to make?” It all depends on your personal preferences and the level of details you are going for. However, we hope the above top 5 will help you get started. Enjoy your photo books!

What is the best photo book site?

Creating a photobook is a wonderful process. On the one hand, you can look forward to holding the finished product in your hands and on the other hand, you get to take a stroll down memory lane while you’re making it. One of the most difficult parts of the process is choosing a service to work with. As there are so many photo book sites out there, it’s hard to see which one is best right away. But that’s what we’re here for. We’ll be taking a closer look at the question “What is the best photo book site” in this post for you.

To begin the journey to answering the question “What is the best photo book site”, we need to consider some general things. For instance: Do you want to create your photo book online or offline? Are you using a computer or your smartphone? What kind of photo book do you want to create? Let’s have a look at these before we get into the best site for photo books:

  1. Online VS offline

Of course, we’re online pretty much all of the time nowadays anyhow, but if you want to make sure you have a copy of your progress on your hard drive, it’s best to work with a downloadable software. Many photo book services offer these now and of course there is no additional charge for using it. Let’s play pretend: Imagine you’re creating a photo book online and suddenly, your Internet is gone, poof. In many cases, that means your progress is likely gone. It would be a shame and a nuisance.

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This is a scenario most likely to happen when you’re working with a computer. Our advice: If you’re planning to put work into your photo book project, use the software available to download. It’s better be safe than sorry. Bonus Print and Photobox are among the most popular when it comes to their software based on the available features and ease of use.

  1. Computer VS smartphone

When you think about it, most of your photos are likely to be on your smartphone. If you’re using a cloud storage space such as Dropbox or iCloud, you can access your pictures anywhere, anytime. Still, imagine yourself on a long train ride, bored out of your mind, scrolling through your pictures. Suddenly you’re inspired to create a photo book. You’re not going to dig your laptop out of your bag. So if you’re looking to create your photo book with your smartphone, you’ll want to get the best app there is for creating photo books. Luckily, we have a whole article about that here on PhotoBook Deals, so have a look and find the right fit for you!

If you’re using a computer, it’s likely a more comprehensive project.  We also put a lot of thought into this and wrote an article about the best photo book service in the UK: Who is best for photo books?

  1. The type of photo book

This is a very important question to answer when you start the journey to your photo book. Before you choose a site, you should know what you want to do. Will it be small or large, hardcover or softcover, glossy or matte pages? The easiest way to go about finding the right website to create your photo book with is to have a look at the available formats and options here and choose one of the services that remain in the filter.

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  1. What is the best photo book site?

Well, as you can see it isn’t really a question that can be answered without any context. In terms of design options, CEWE, Snapfish, and Bonusprint are considered among the best of the best in the UK. In terms of price, Snapfish, Photobox, and Mixbook are ahead in the race. While quality is a more difficult and complex subject, CEWE and Photobox are very popular choices. It’s always a matter of finding the right balance and a service that matches your needs. There is no one best photo book site to rule them all – but there are some fantastic choices to check out.

 

How do I create a photo book from iCloud?

A quick guide to making the most of your photos

As an Apple user, you’ll be familiar with Apple iCloud. From the get go, the service gives you 5 GB of free storage space you can use across devices. As with most other cloud storage spaces, it makes it possible to have access to all data at all times. As long as there is free space available, your data is backed up and stored safely in the cloud. That, of course, includes all your photos taken from your mobile phone. No more sitting down to transfer your pictures to your Mac, no more waiting for large data transfers to complete, and, most importantly, no more losing your data when losing your phone. But Apple iCloud is not only meant for receiving data. After all, you don’t take all those beautiful photos just to take up storage space. One of the questions we’ve been asked frequently with regards to iCloud is “How do I create a photo book from iCloud?” That’s what we’ll examine in this article.

  1. Know what you want

If you’re already asking “How do I create a photo book from iCloud”, you’ll most likely already know what kind of photo book you want to make. In order to create a family photo book, for example, you’ll need to get all the photos of your family together you’d like to use for the book. The more organised you are in your day to day life with regard to your photos, the easier this task will be.

You can always access your pictures in Photos, which is also the app you’ll use to create the photo book from. iCloud stores your pictures, but synchronises them with Photos so you can access them from your Mac or mobile device.

  1. Know where to go

Hand holding a photo book with pictures of children - one of which appears as a 3D image coming outf the page

Whether you’re using your Mac or iPhone, pretty much all services are at your disposal. That means you can choose the photo book supplier freely. If you’re undecided, it can help to try finding the right service by looking from the other end: Look for the right book first and find the right service in the process. That’s where we can help. PhotoBook Deals lets you find just what you want – such as Family Photo Books – and make an educated decision based on all qualities, including the price. That way, you don’t have to switch from app to app or website to website to find the perfect fit for your needs. If you want some help finding a good app to design your photo book from your mobile phone, have a look at this article.

  1. Know what to do

After uploading your photos or placing them in the app, it’s all a matter of being creative. While some services offer great themes and designs and others leave it to your creativity, at the end of the day, it’s your photo book. Tell your story the way you like to and make sure to use the available features such as background colours, collages, and text. Most of the time, your photos can be placed into your photo book automatically in chronological order, for example. That can save you some time when you put everything together. Of course you can make changes to the order of the photos manually – both on mobile and Mac.

A desktop with office materials, books, and a laptop showing photos of a child in dim lighting

Conclusion

Creating a photo book from iCloud isn’t hard, although you don’t really use iCloud directly. It is more or less just a handy tool that makes sure all your photos are always available from all of your devices. Albelli (now Bonusprint) is one of the few services that lets you pull your photos from iCloud specifically. That means that you can use someone else’s computer to put together your photo book – without having to download the photos onto that computer. It’s also a great way to create a photo book collaboratively.