The end of the year is approaching—a time we take stock of all the fun we had over the last 365 days and then promptly start panicking about the 3,000 pictures we took of that fun and have yet to do anything with. Enter the photo book. Long gone are the days of prints under crinkly, clear plastic—today there are dozens of online services ready to turn your overstuffed digital library into good old-fashioned books, from svelte modern soft-covers to hefty hardcover tomes. We’ve rounded up our favorites, each which will appeal to a different style of shutterbug. Click through to see them all!

For the Click-and-Go Type: Social Print Studios

This easy-to-use service offers far less options than many of the others, and for some of us, that’s a great thing. For people who keep pushing “make a photo book” down on their to-do list, because the many hours it will inevitably take never materializes, this service is for you. Choose from 2 layouts (Classic, with 38 photos or Creative, with 318), one font, and that’s about it. But it's a clean, simple design that looks great. You can upload photos from Instagram or your desktop, and what we love about this service is that you can enter hashtags to select only those photos. It’s also one of the few that easily and inexpensively can make a book with hundreds of images, which solves a common parent problem.




Good to Know: Whatever photo book service you use, keep an eye out for discount offers. Often times they will show up in your inbox minutes after registering with the service, so be sure to check before you check out. It also doesn’t hurt to take a look at their Facebook page for special deals.

– Erin Feher

Do you have a favorite photo-book-making service you like to use? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

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