Ever wish you could turn your own digital travel photos into a gorgeous coffee-table tome? More and more people are doing just that; sales of custom photo books are expected to exceed $340 million in the U.S., according to one leading marketing research firm.
MyPublisher has been in the business longer than most—it began creating affordable, single-copy custom photo books for consumers in 1995. You can download the software for free. Choose your book size and style, including cover options that range
from sage- or smoke-colored European linens to hand-stitched Spanish
Drag and drop your digital images into one of over 200 different page layouts. (The just-debuted version of its software, which isn’t yet Mac-compatible, offers you more than 300 layouts, along with the ability to use any font and color on your computer.) I personally love the clean, magazine-like look of the pages shown here, with lots of airy white space; but you can also scan plane tickets, museum stubs, restaurant menus, etc., to get more of a multilayered travel-scrapbook effect.
The cost for a hardcover photo book starts at $30. Looking for a little inspiration? Scan the website for samples of books created by other users—it’s visually stimulating, and also enjoyably voyeuristic.
Irene Edwards is special projects editor of Travel + Leisure.