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 Traditionalist: Shutterfly

Having been around longer than most of the others, Shutterfly starts you off with a great option: Custom Path or Simple Path. Custom is for those who want to wade through 200 themes and 6 cover choices, including leather and crushed silk; Simple Path offers 20 or so options, and fewer cover choices. Simple is great for folks who already have a stash of images ready to print, rather than ones that need retouching, cropping or red eye reduction. We love the auto fill option, which makes you feel like you’ve gotten somewhere fast, then it’s just about swapping images around if you like. What we especially loved about this service is that they save your creation for, well, years (currently anything back to 1999), so if you want to reorder, you can at any time.




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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