If You Want Simplicity
With even its smallest spiral-bound Snapbooks, Shutterfly lets you choose the page design and add text. The available options for larger bound books are extensive. It even allows you to print photographs over the hardcover.
Bear in mind: Shutterfly provides great tools. You can adjust color or crop shots directly in the layout menu. If you choose to fill your album automatically, Shutterfly properly orients the photos. If you fill it manually, the site keeps track of the photos that have been used.
To buy: shutterfly.com.
If You’re Computer-phobic
While other chain stores offer kiosks for making prints, the kiosks at Walgreens―which accept all memory cards, plus CDs and USB memory sticks―can help you collect photos into hardcover albums in a range of sizes and styles.
Bear in mind: The touch-screen kiosks guide you through loading and refining your photos. If you don’t feel comfortable using a computer or you don’t have one, this is the way to go.
To buy: walgreens.com.
If You Want a Basic Album
The most standard album from Kodak EasyShare is a five-by-seven-inch softcover photo book (one photo per page). Hardcover books are also available with photos printed on the pages. Options include page color and layout, text style, and hardcover material.
Bear in mind: The bookmaking section of the Kodak site automatically fills in a layout but disregards the scale of the photos, so a landscape may wind up in a spot that was meant for portraits.
To buy: kodakgallery.com.
The simplest alternative of all is to print photos from your computer and insert them in a conventional album, like the Amélie album by Kolo (shown, bottom; unfortunately, this product is no longer available, but find similar products at kolo.com).