Posted on Monday, May 26th, 2014 by Will Hagle
BooksTo.Me automatically prints pictures from your Instagram account into a hard-copy book, delivered to you each month.
The increasingly accessible nature of smartphones has radically transformed the way photographs are taken and referenced. Some children growing up today are more accustomed to an iPad Photo gallery than to a shelf full of photo albums. While there are negative and positive aspects to traditional and digital photography, BooksTo.Me is a service that combines the best elements of both. The site syncs with your Instagram account, automatically creating a print book of your photographs to be delivered to your home once a month. This replicates the now-outdated process of owning a tangible photo album, but takes out the hassle of carrying around a camera and going to the store to have your photos printed. This isn’t a service for true photography enthusiasts, but for those that want to have a hard-copy book of the photographs you take wherever you are each month (which should be a lot of people), then it’s a great tool.
After you create an account with BooksTo.Me, the process of creating, shipping, and charging for the books is automatic. As you continue posting to Instagram, BooksTo.Me pulls photographs from your feed and sends them to your home. If you don’t want a book every month, you can have one sent every three months. The site pulls every picture that you post, in the order that you posted them, but if you want to exclude specific photos you can do so by hashtagging them with #noBTM, and those photos will automatically not be pulled for the book. The service is certainly more convenient than having to sift through photos and make your own choices. There’s also no extra cost for additional pictures, so you can post as much as you want in order to get as large of a book as you want. The actual books are high-quality, usually focusing on only one or two photographs on each page.