photobookIt sounds so easy. automatically assembles a photo book for you. No more placing photos in albums, or even buying an album.

Here’s the problem. When a family member sends you a link to their Shutterfly photos, it’s likely to have only a few dozen pictures you actually want. But instead of taking your selection and putting those into a book for you, they put in the whole thing. Bob’s son just sent him 278 photos, and the resulting book would have cost us $83 plus shipping and taxes. Forget that.

To get the photos we wanted, we checked off our favorites, making a new album with 50 photos in it, selecting from the ones we were sent. This time it only cost us $11 for a 5 by 7 book. Lesson learned: Don’t click “Make a photo book” until you’ve created a new album.

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