I was browsing Facebook today, when I came across a video that resonated with me:
I love photo books but have absolutely no time to make them. I still haven't finished GB's baby book on Shutterfly and he'll be three in March. So I decided to give Chatbooks a try.
Chatbooks links with your Instagram, Facebook or iPhone favorites to automatically populate a photo book. When you get to 60 photos, your book is made.
You can go in and exclude any photos you don't want to have printed. I post a lot of food photos, apparently, and obviously don't need a printed book of all the food I've eaten, thank you.
You can also edit your cover photos, choose not to include your Instagram captions, etc.
And then... you order your book! The standard book comes with a soft cover and costs $8. You can upgrade to a hard cover for $5.
Chatbooks works on a subscription system as you fill your books: you can indicate if you want books immediately sent out once filled, 1 a month, 5 a month or 10 a month.
I spent about an hour this morning setting up my account and excluding all of my Instagram photos from the past 5 and a half years (that's a lot of food photos). Because I had about 15 books' worth of photos, I signed up for the "5 a month" subscription to get myself caught up. If'/when you want to change your subscription level, you can do that at any time.
You can also order individual prints and seasonal books!
We all know we post our "best" photos on social media, so looking back, these seemed to be a pretty fair representation of our life for the past five years.
*Disclosure: these links to Chatbooks are "Friends" links. You'll get your first book free and if I get five friends to sign up, I'll get a free 5-year subscription to Chatbooks!