Families Create Scrapbooks to Publish On Lulu: Scrapbooking Hobbyists Go Online to Make Books

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For scrapbookers, Lulu.com's on-demand publishing tools make it easy to create a full-color, perfect-bound paperback book from a collection of digital photos or images. Printing a 30-page, full-color scrapbook or photo book through Lulu costs less than $10. Details appear here: http://www.lulu.com/static/scrapbook.php.

-- Lulu (http://www.lulu.com), the company that democratized on-demand book publishing for authors, noticed a new community flocking to its site over the last year: scrapbookers. Scrapbooking--a popular hobby that has given rise to a flood of books, DVDs, clubs, and even college courses on the subject--is now going online as families use digital photos and images to create full-color, bound books as family keepsakes using Lulu’s easy, free, book-publishing tools.

“I started scrapbooking before it was trendy,” says Gail Kavanagh, editor of Scrapmag.e, an online craft magazine for scrapbook hobbyists (http://www.lulu.com/Scrapmage). “Through fan websites and forums, many people have discovered that they can use Lulu.com to publish their own scrapbooks.”

“Lulu has been tracking the increasing demand for a way to publish scrapbooks and genealogy books,” says Henry Hutton, director of Lulu’s online community. “In response we have used our experience in on-demand publishing to make it easy for people to preserve and share their memory books in high-quality paperback formats.”

For novice book publishers, Lulu created a page and a simple tutorial on creating and publishing a scrapbook on Lulu: http://www.lulu.com/static/scrapbook.php. The publishing process on Lulu is free and takes only minutes. Printing a 30-page, full-color scrapbook or photo book costs less than $10. This holiday season, many people are giving scrapbooks as family gifts.

About Lulu (http://www.lulu.com):

Lulu provides independent publishers with free access to on-demand publishing tools for books, e-books, music, images, calendars and more. The Lulu.com marketplace contains over 16,500 books along with thousands of independently published images, songs, and calendars. Publishing on Lulu is free and creators have the option of setting their own royalties on products. Books and calendars purchased on Lulu are printed on demand.

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