I‘ve finally completed my first self published photobook called ‘D-Day Gold Beach – Today’, and it’s up and ready to view and buy on the Blurb bookstore. I’m really happy that I’ve finished it, as it’s been an ongoing project for a while that I just kept putting to one side.
In July 2009 my husband and I took a trip to Normandy in France to visit the D-Day beaches, and also for some rest and recuperation as it was only 6 months after I had had my glomous jugulare tumour removed (I can’t believe I managed to go). And it is some of the photos from this trip that I have used in the photobook.
Seeing as it was to do with D-Day I wanted to publish it on 6th June which is actually D-Day and this year it was the 67th anniversary. So I’ve only had a one day opening each year in which to publish it, but this year I did it. It’s a great feeling to know I’ve completed it and an even better one to see how good it looks…
But how easy was it to make?
I wanted the photobook to be a physical one, and I thought that using such a memorable trip would be a great starting place for my first attempt at making a book. When I did sofobomo I made an electronic photobook called food glorious food, and I noticed then that some of the other participants had used Blurb for their photobook’s. They looked really good, so I had a look around the site and decided to use blurb for my book. Besides the books looking professional, I can order as little or as many copies of my book as I like and I have made it public so anyone can buy my book, they also offer an array of different styles and sizes to choose from.
It’s an incredibly easy site to use, I downloaded the free software called booksmart to make my book. And all I had to do was drag and drop the photos into the templates from my computer, and then have fun customising the design of the book until I was happy with it! I then uploaded the finished product to the blurb site and added it to the blurb bookstore. Where I can go and select the type of book that I want, like soft cover, hard cover etc and then when I place an order it will take a couple of weeks before my new photobook is sitting on my doorstep. I can’t wait…
The other bonus is that I can then share my book with friends, family or anyone that may be interested. And I think it is so important to share photographs, and the creative idea or thinking behind them, just like art. Whether you’re sharing family photos with friends or remembering an historic event or just sharing your love of cats! It’s all part of why we take photos in the first place, to capture that moment, or expression or view. I really enjoyed taking these photos of Normandy, and I’ve also really enjoyed putting them together and having the chance to display them and share them in this way, rather than leaving them on my computer hard drive.
Do you have some photos that need a good airing or have you already made a book? Feel free to share them by posting a link to them in the comments…
Interested in buying my book? Then visit Blurb to take a closer look?