Chatbooks {my thoughts}

Over the last year several people have asked me if I had tried Chatbooks. As a fan of printing pictures and photobooks, I was interested in seeing the product firsthand. SnapShop students often ask me about products too, so I have extra motivation to try out new things in the industry. The concept of Chatbooks is simple – automatic 60 page 6×6 softcover photobooks for $8 a book (from Instgram, Facebook, your phone, or uploaded). I wanted to try it out on my Instagram feed, so I signed up and began with January 2015 for my first book.

chatbooks2.16-01I chose to include the caption and the date with each photo. If the caption is not long, I can get about 60 photos in one book (1 photo per page). It ends up being about 2 months of Instagram photos per book…so $4.00 a month.
chatbooks2.16-03chatbooks2.16-05chatbooks2.16-06Here are my thoughts on the product:

The quality is good, not phenomenal. It is about what I would expect for the price, ease and automation. I wish I could control the font size of the captions. Maybe I can and just haven’t figured it out yet. I leave the Chatbooks on my coffee table and the kids are constantly looking through them. For $8.00 it is a great option for me – automatic printing, arrives at my doorstep, not too small, not too big. They are just right for an easy collection of my phone photos.

I don’t feel like they replace high quality photobooks or prints – especially for my DSLR shots. For a fast, simple way to get pictures off my Instagram account and into the hands of my kids, it is a good fit for us. I also like that they are small and don’t take up tons of room. Overall, I’m sticking with the automatic subscription and my crew is having fun with the product – not to mention, it is an exciting surprise when a new one arrives in the mail!

I am not affiliated with Chatbooks in any way. However, they do offer all their customers a code to share with friends. I get a credit and you can get your first book free. If you are looking for a fast, simple and easy way to automatically get pictures in your hand, I recommend trying Chatbooks out…

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  • Rae - What a cute, fun idea! Thanks for sharing your review, Ashley! 🙂

  • Tiffany - Love this! Very curious on turn around time, one of my children is having a bday soon and I think this would be such a cute gift. As always, thanks for sharing.

  • Lyndsay Almeida - I tried them a couple years ago and wasn’t impressed. Didn’t like that I couldn’t customize more, but you’re right… for the price, what can you say?!

  • Tara S - I’ve been using Chat books the past two years. I would give almost the same exact review. I love that the IG photos are thoughtlessly printed and treasured. My kids love to look through them. I usually bring a few to church. The price is right for me for what you get and the ease of order.

    @Lyndsay Almeida Just to let you know they have really improved the custom features in their app. You can add/delete any pictures you want even in a subscribed book. I usually add a few pictures from my camera roll that I didnt post to IG just to document the memory. They also have a complete custom book option now too. I don’t have any affiliation with ChatBooks, just passing on the info!

  • Byron - I was under the impression that these were only picture books (with your captions included) but there appears to be quite a bit of text on the opposite page of the Turner Falls picture? Do you “build” them each month and then send the results off for printing?

  • Emily @everydaymom - I’m just curious what service you use to make photo books that you LOVE? I’m really bad about getting our photo books printed. By the time I upload all of my photos for the year and start arranging them, I run out of time and energy and end up not ordering them. For that reason, chat books might be a better option. 🙂

  • Tanya - Good to know, I’ve heard a lot about Chatbooks, but never really looked into them much. Curious: where do you go for high quality photo books?

  • christina - That’s a pretty accurate summary of Chatbooks. I’ve been using then after we go on “girls weekends” to send a fun quick photo recap to those that came. Especially since they are phone photos, it’s lower quality but a nice (and cheap!) way to capture the memories.

  • Samantha - Oh wow!! I’ve never heard of them before, this is definitely something I’m going to try 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  • Christi S. - I love Chapbooks! I don’t post many pics online so I have it linked to my favorite photos on my phone. It makes sure my photos are enjoyed and not just on my phone. And, at $8, the kids can look through them all they want!

  • Jennifer Haynes - So happy to see you did a review on this.I have had the chatbooks app downloaded on my phone for months now and havent actually pulled the trigger in ordering any. As a lover of printed photos of any kind I may give this a try. At $8 you alomost gotta see it to believe it.

  • Emily - One of my new year’s resolutions is to get my photos off the computer and onto the walls or into books — this is a great option for instagram! Thanks for sharing!

  • AshleyAnn - Tanya – for books with less than 100 pictures (road trips, family portraits, etc.) I use For books with more pages I use I prefer the Mpix books – I’ve ordered from Mpix for years.

  • AshleyAnn - Emily- for books with less than 100 pictures (road trips, family portraits, etc.) I use For books with more pages I use I prefer the Mpix books – I’ve ordered from Mpix for years.

    I like that the Chatbooks are just automatically done for me. I don’t always like the spacing or the caption font size, but for the price and ease it works.

  • AshleyAnn - Byron – that was just a really long caption I wrote! There are options to build your own book. I just do the auto version, so Chatbooks builds my book for me. I do have the option to change it a couple days before it is shipped. I can delete photos, captions or even add ones that are not on my instagram feed.

  • AshleyAnn - Lyndsay – I just wanted to be sure you saw the comment from Tara…there are more ways to customize now

  • AshleyAnn - Tiffany – I am not sure to be honest. I have it set up on Auto so I really don’t pay attention…they just magically appear in my mailbox 🙂

  • Christina - I love this idea! How did you start your series in January? Mine will only start all the way back when I joined Instagram.

  • L Olcomendy - Hi. Just a quick note to let you know I saw your “Fairy Mail” sponsor on the left side of this page. I’d never heard of it before, and I will be signing up for it. Just wanted to say thank you. My students will be thrilled to receive some “Fairy Mail”.

    Sincerely, “Mrs. O”

  • AshleyAnn - Christina – I just deleted books (or pictures…don’t remember exactly how it loaded) until I got up to date. I didn’t want to start so far back, but now I kind of wish I had!

  • Christina - Thanks! I figured it out by deleting pictures. I had a hard time wanting to delete any too so it looks like I’ll be getting books for awhile to catch up haha 🙂

  • Phoebe K - Love this idea! I couldn’t get the code to work, though. Am I too late to use it?

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  • Sandra Naugle - These books are absolutely perfect. Got my first one today and im extremely impressed. Thanks for this awesome app chat books