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 Time Crunched: Chatbooks

If even a few clicks to make a photo book is still too many, then this is your service. Started by a mom of seven who felt guilty that the baby of her family wasn’t getting nearly as much printed photo love as the older ones (understandable), Chatbooks offers an ingenious subscription service. Every time 60 new photos are uploaded to Instagram, Facebook or Google Photos (or have them just search a special hashtag, if you like), Chatbooks automatically prints them up into a book and sends it to you. The result is a sleek magazine-like collection of “volumes” of your kiddos life. If you sign up for the subscription, each book is only $8. (They also offer standard custom books). What else do we love about Chatbooks? Their Momforce, the company’s unique customer service team, made up entirely of stay-at home moms who work when they want.




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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