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Chapter 5. Creating Books

Chapter 5. Creating Books

If I had to pick one feature that sets iPhoto apart from the crowd, I’d choose the way iPhoto creates custom photo albums that can be professionally printed and bound. Numerous programs can help you edit and organize photos. But when it first appeared, iPhoto instantly became the undisputed champion of sharing pictures in attractive ways, largely because of the customized photo albums iPhoto calls “books.”

The beauty of the books, apart from their linen covers and quality printing on heavy, glossy paper, is that they help bridge the gap between the analog and digital worlds. Those of us who have grown up with computers are happy sharing our photos via slideshow, a digital camera hooked to a TV, or a Web page. But many people are still more comfortable with prints ensconced in acetate in a traditional photo album. Forget all the advantages of the digital world; for these people, the images somehow aren’t real unless they’re in a book. It’s the “That’s nice, dear” syndrome.


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