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Gadget Bag: Publish or Perish


New options are making it easier and more fun for you to create your own photo book

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RocketLife
RocketLife offers a fully featured, yet highly automated process that gets you up and running quickly. Begin by downloading the RocketLife software (it’s about 1 MB and takes no time at all), then upload your images. Once you select a theme, you can personalize your creation to suit your taste or let the application do all of the heavy lifting for you. Pricing ranges from $10 to $36 with cover options that include leather, canvas and suede.

Unibind’s Pro PhotoBook
steel-binding system allows you to create lasting, pro-quality books from home. It’s also perfect for producing scrapbooks, proof sets and ad hoc portfolios. The Pro PhotoBook kit includes self-adhesive end sheets, photo paper and other materials needed to bind up to 40 pages. Plenty of options are available, including covers with or without window openings. A 40-page, 8½x11-inch kit containing black linen covers in landscape format with picture window costs just $20 for a pack of two.

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Zookbinders Photobook
Aside from a full selection of book-printing services, White House Custom Colour provides long-run offset printing as an economical alternative for higher-quantity print runs with the same value and consistency found in short-run digital printing. Its press-printed books are renowned for high quality, superb craftsmanship and speedy turnaround time. Press-printed books are available in two paper options (standard or hinged) and several sizes from 5x5 to 11x14 inches.

Zookbinders PhotoBook
now offers large-format sizes of 9x9, 8x12 and 9x12 inches. Also available are 9x6- and 6x4-inch horizontal sizes ideal for panorama-style picture books. Other features include wraparound photo covers, pages that are designed to lie completely flat for viewing and a two-week delivery turnaround. Packages start at $100.

Resources
Adorama (888) 216-6400
www.adoramapix.com

Apple (800) MY-APPLE
www.apple.com

Artography Photobook Designer
www.artographyphotobooks.com

AsukaBook (866) 330-1530
www.asukabook.com

Bangor Photo
(207) 942-6728
www.bangorphoto.com

Blurb
www.blurb.com

Kodak
(800) 360-9098
www.kodakgallery.com

Mpix
www.mpix.com

Photo Book Press
(888) 333-6950
www.photobookpress.co

RocketLife
(916)353-0885
www.rocketlife.com

Unibind
www.unibind.com

White House Custom Colour
(800) 252-5234
www.whcc.com

Zookbinders
(800) 810-5745
www.zookbinders.com


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