If you’ve ever wanted to publish your own book, then Blurb is for you. I tried this service and jsut received my very own hard-cover book of our family history. It is gorgeous and professionally done!
It’s so simple, it’s scary. You just go to the Blurb website, download the free software and assemble your book. You can choose from a number of templates and themes, from photo books, to portfolio books to text and photo books. When you have your book ready to publish, you just upload to the Blurb website, pay for it, and they print and ship it!.The charges are pretty resaonable, too. My hardcover book with dust jacket was 45 pages and cost $29.95 (There was a free shipping special on mine, so I don’t know what the shipping is). Longer books cost more, and there is a handy chart to help you figure up the cost. They also offer softback bindings, which cost less.
I really love how my book turned out and, to bring it back to geography and geospatial technologies, I can imagine how easy it would be to make a lovely book of maps and photo guides. (They do tell you not to use copyrighted material of course!)