Book stores are full of big, beautiful, glossy photo books. What’s it take to get your photo journalist heart published in the 21st century? All you need is a Mac. And plenty of money.
Ideally, if your photos are commercial, a book publisher will print the books, sell them to book stores, and give you money. Otherwise, grab your Mac, select your best photos from iPhoto, and click. Oh, and get out that checkbook.
The Publishing Problem
You know the kind of glossy book that just wreaks of high quality. Full color sleeve. Thick, luscious paper. Inside are photographic masterpieces accompanied by literary prose. Or, so it seems.
Those glossy books cost an arm and a leg in the bookstore.
With the coming of Apple’s iPad and dozens of tablet knockoffs, real books might become the dinosaurs of the early 21st century.
So, why would you want to create your own photo book? Three reasons. Vanity. Gifts. Posterity. Grab your Mac. Check your credit card balance. Fire up iPhoto. It’s time to create a book on your Mac.
Mi Publisher Es Su Publisher
Your Mac is a publishing powerhouse. Not only can you use iPhoto to store thousands of digital photographs, you can also use Apple’s built-in book publishing features.
Are there alternatives to Apple’s captive book publishing utility? Try MyPublisher. It’s a Mac application that lets you create those glossy, classy photo books using your Mac. Here’s a look at a finished product.
What’s inside the book? Whatever you want it to be. Make it a literary, photo history of an important family or personal event, a trip, a wedding, a graduation.
What you get inside is what you expect. High quality paper. Full, rich color. All using an interface on your Mac that’s simple and straightforward.
The Steps To Get Your Photos Published
MyPublisher is the ultimate vanity press. It’s frighteningly simple to publish your own book. Download the free Mac application. Drag and drop to your Applications folder. Double-click to start.
The first page walks you through the steps to self publication. Start by selecting the kind of book you want to print. The options range from Deluxe Hardcover to Classic to Paperback.
Clicking the Continue button gets you a page with more options. Add a book jacket for a few dollars more. Or, a leather hardcover for much more. The next step is fun and easy.
MyPublisher automatically pulls your photos from Aperture or iPhoto so you can scroll through the photos, then drag and drop selected photos to the tray below.
Now you’re ready to create your book—page by page, photo by photo. Once you’ve rearranged the photos and have them in the order you want, click the Make Book tab at the bottom.
Drag each photo from the top slider bar to the page below. Click to enter text. You can select multiple page types, multiple layouts, all with visual pop ups so there’s no mistake about what you’re creating.
You have complete control over fonts, sizes, colors, and plenty of placements from which to choose.
Click the Preview button at any time to see what the page will look like.
When your book is the way you want it, click the Purchase tab. At that point you’ll log into MyPublisher, select the number of books you want to print and you’re ready to go. The MyPublisher Mac application could not be much easier to use, despite the number of options. There’s even a Live Chat button if you need online help.
One last thing—make sure to check your credit card balance. MyPublisher is easy. But it’s not cheap. A standard Classic Hardcover book is 20 pages and priced at $27. Each additional page is 79-cents. Plus shipping. The maximum is 100 pages. Full color paperback books are less than half the Classic price.
A single, 50-page Classic book can easily cost $60. Each. Your Mac is a wonderful tool which can conquer complex tasks with ease. But not without money.