You do the math: Photo books cheaper than processing rolls of film

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Sometimes, Blurbarians say it better than we ever could. This point, from Mary Hicken, is for everyone who takes photos while on holiday:

…it is cheaper to make a book than to buy film and develop it. Up until now, I have been a point and shoot camera person, because I like having paper photos and making photo albums for the kids. However, Blurb has convinced me to move into the digital camera world, because I realized it is cheaper and easier to make photo books.

A 40-page, 8×10 softcover book with four photos on each page (160 photos) costs $18.95 + shipping. The same number of photos (6.5 rolls of 24-photo film) costs around $1.80 a roll plus $4.99/roll for development which totals $44. A fabulous saving for the same number of photos in a beautiful book!

Even if you can find sweeter deals on photo prints, you still need to buy the actual photo album. It really is cheaper – and more wow-factorish – to make a photo book with Blurb. Something to consider during this busy travel season. And when was the last time you schlepped film? Packing for travel is hard enough without worrying about security and exposed film.

Need another reason to turn your holiday pictures into a book? Next to looking at your school pictures in chronological order, nothing shows the awesome awkwardness of physical development and the trends of time like family vacation photos. One year you’re a short, cute kid, wearing a SpongeBob t-shirt and smiling with mom on Waikiki Beach. Then, a couple summers later, you’re taller than her, sporting a bleach blonde fauxhawk, and frowning somewhere in the background of the family picture taken in Yosemite. Who doesn’t want that in a book? Priceless…

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