Back in 2017, Google announced plans to bring its own sense of innovation to a medium that had gone sorely out of date: photo albums. Google Photos was already grouping your camera roll for you – why not let it print and post a book straight to you, moving your memories off the cloud and onto your book shelves?
15 months later, the service is finally available in the UK, and it works exactly as promised. Go to the Photo books site, and Google will suggest likely photo albums from your cloud collection. In my case, these were sorted by various trips I’ve been on since activating a Photos account.
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The site, Google says, will group shots by location and time period, and knows to look out for low quality shots and duplicates. Once picked, it will lay them out in a stylish design for you, though obviously you can modify this if you don’t like the AI’s taste.
Soft-covered books start at £11.99, while hardcover ones go for £22.99. Both contain 20 pages, but extras can be added at 49p/69p per page up to a maximum of 100 pages, meaning you could get a 100-page soft-cover book for £51.19, or a hardcover one for £78.19. Shipping costs extra.
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Weirdly, despite having full British pricing on the site, trying to order tells you that the service isn’t yet available in the UK – so presumably there are still some gremlins in the system that Google hasn’t ironed out.
Given Google’s UK press team has announced it as up and running, you imagine a fix will be coming soon…
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