Inside: An honest Chatbooks review and a code to get your first book free.
A powerful surge of guilt.
That is what I felt every time I saw a coupon for Shutterfly.
You know, those fancy books.
I would think of that fancy DSLR I have sitting in my bedroom with photos on the memory card. I’d think about my cell phone with hundreds of photos of my children.
Then I’d think about the folder on my computer with thousands more pictures of my kids. All these beautiful memories…
Photos of children laughing.
Precious memories from our vacations.
Every day moments I’ll want to treasure forever…
I would immediately put “make a photo book” on the to do list and then, after a few weeks, cross it off.
It takes so flipping long and costs $50 a pop!
Or $35 if you have a coupon.
I absolutely love my children and could stare at their faces for days because I’m a sap, but I could not figure out this photo issue.
- It was difficult to be consistent with uploading photos to Shutterfly then creating a book then paying $50 for it and STILL ending up with hundreds of photos left out simply because there wasn’t room.
- It wasn’t like I thought about it all the time, but when I did… I felt guilt and sadness and a little bit of panic at the idea that we might somehow LOSE all these photos.
And then one day I saw it... a super funny video. A video about how we mothers have this problem with printing pictures and we have no time and don’t want to spend a fortune. It was a video for an app called Chatbooks.
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This app essentially takes the photos from your social media and photos you take with your phone, and puts them in an album. Once that album hits 60 photos, it’s ready to ship out. You have 3 days to edit, remove, etc. and then you receive your photo book in the mail.
The best thing….it only costs $8 every time it ships!
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What I Love About Chatbooks
The truth is, we now have a big huge pile of our Chatbooks… Every time we get one the whole family together or we have company staying for dinner, we flip through them. It’s always a good time of laughter and smiles.
Best of all… it’s super user friendly! Here’s how it works:
- Every time I take a photo on my phone I can give it permission to add that photo to my Chatbooks or skip it.
- I don’t have to come home from vacation and compile photos (or pretend I’m going to) and then make a book.
- I can just add the photos from the trip, edit them, and get the book sent to the door.
- If you don’t take 60 photos in a month you pay nothing. When you fill up that album you’ll get it shipped out.
- You can stop any time and there’s no contract.
It is seriously a great way to make sure all those photos get off your phone and get put into little albums you can keep forever!
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Quality of Chatbooks Review
When I shared with some friends about getting Chatbooks the most frequent question that came up was about the quality. This makes sense. We care about our memories.
The books have thick pages and are matte photo paper. While they are not as good of quality as the Shutterfly photo books, they are good quality with the photos as bright as they were on camera.
And, if you’re getting photo books for the reason I am, then a bird in the hand is better than one in the bush. It’s better to have the books printed and in my home than hold out for a $50 book that I’ll never make.
These books come to me regularly and I love them…
Likewise, the kids love them! And… most importantly, I know that if my computer crashes or my phone dies that all my photos from the last 6 years of motherhood will not be lost!
If you are on the fence about whether you want books delivered automatically or want to spend time crafting your own, get your first book free here.
This video is too funny, right?
Tressa Maciag says
I love the idea of this but I’m still wondering how this coincides with getting the photos off of my DSLR??
Rachel Norman says
Yes, that is a good point. Does your DSLR have wifi? If you send those photos to your phone they’ll show up on Chatbooks!
Great idea! Do you know if they ship the books internationally?
Rachel Norman says
I do not know, Mari, that’s a great question and I’m sure it’s on their FAQ
Elias Jo says
My name is Elias and I’m in the process of launching a new photobook app and was wondering if I could send to you with an offer for some free Photobooks.
I’d love to get your perspective on our app and books too!
Rachel Norman says
Hi there! Please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacy Stehouwer says
This article put into words EXACTLY how I have been feeling for years! Thank you for your opinion and the review. I’m going to download it now.
Hi! My name is Tammy. While Chatbooks is very convenient to make, I have to disagree as far as the picture quality. I have had to go into every photo I have placed into a chat book and lighten it almost as light as I can get it in order for the printed quality photo to be light enough for the finished book. I love the convenience but I’m not pleased with the printed output at all. Now I have to go back and take all those photos and put them back into their original form after having lightened them so that I could put them in my Chatbooks. Way too much time taken just to make a photo book. I’m beginning to think it’s not worth the time it takes. Very disappointed customer. ☹️