When I met the people behind SharedBook at the Pet Show in Hartford the year before, I was really impressed by how innovative their product was. There are a lot of new and interesting products on the market right now for people who enjoy scrapbooking and photography. Through the use of cutting-edge technology to produce full-color books, SharedBook has successfully brought the art of scrapbooking and photo albums into the 21st century.
This one-of-a-kind memory book can be compiled online, right from the convenience of your own home computer. The user creates their own pages, including registering, uploading photos and stories, and designing their own pages. When the book is finished, they will receive a finished product in the mail. This product will have pages that are glossy, of high quality, and will contain full color.
So, I reasoned to myself, I ought to at least give it a shot. In addition, I was taken aback by how easy it was to set up. You just need to sign up on the website, which is very simple to use. The process is straightforward and uncomplicated. You can save your work as you go along, adding photos and stories to each page so that you can come back and finish it whenever you have the time to do so. You won’t have to pay anything until your book is finished. One of the coolest features, however, is that you can invite your friends and family members to sign up and contribute their own photos, comments, and stories to the site.
The process is very easy to follow step by step, but for those who aren’t as comfortable with computers, there is plenty of assistance available, including a toll-free number to call if you get stuck and even a “white glove” service in which SharedBook staff will actually finish your book for you. Do you not own any digital photographs? That is also fine to say. They are there to offer assistance at each and every stage of the process.
You don’t need to be creative in any way to produce pages that look amazing, which is yet another wonderful feature. There is a huge selection of page templates, colors, and themes available, some of which include those centered on cats and dogs, sports and activities, travel, families, babies and adoption, artistic expressions, and various holidays.
The SharedBook website requires that your computer be a PC and have Internet Explorer 5.5 or a later version in order for you to use it. Although there is not yet a Mac version available, the SharedBook team is hard at work developing one that will be available to Mac users in the very near future. For the purpose of evaluating your completed book, the Adobe Acrobat Reader program must be installed on your computer. Adobe provides Acrobat Reader as a free piece of software. You will be prompted to download and install this program on your computer if it is not already present on your machine.
The book will arrive between 7 and 10 days after you have given final approval and paid for it. The majority of published works are offered with either a hard or soft cover, and their page counts can go as high as 120. (64 for hard cover). They begin at the surprisingly low price of $25, and you can also purchase them in gift packs. The person who receives the gift kit will have everything at their disposal to get their SharedBook MemoryBook up and running whenever they choose.
For more information visit www.sharedbook.com or call 888-212-3121.