An intriguing new service called Groovebook has entered the market for printing photos from your smartphone. After testing it out myself, I see some huge advantages to using the service, and some features that might need some improvement.
First of all, Groovebook is a free App (currently on iPhone only; Android version is expected soon) that ties into your camera roll, allowing you to choose which photos you would like printed. The photos are printed on 4.5″ x 6.5″ glossy photo paper, then sent to you in a book – 100 photos for the first book, anywhere from 40-100 in subsequent books – and you pay just $2.99 for shipping and handling. *Note: at this time, books can only be shipped within the US.
When you sign up for your first book, you are actually signing up for a monthly subscription service. Each month before the submission due date, you will be reminded to choose your 40-100 photos to be printed and sent to you. You pay $2.99 shipping & handling each time from the credit card assigned to your account. You can cancel at any time.
Here’s a very clear outline of how the Groovebook process works:
I see a lot of value in what Groovebook has to offer, and beyond receiving my initial book for free (thanks to a holiday promotion), for now I will maintain my monthly subscription and pay the $2.99 to see future benefits of using Groovebook.
I highly recommend you give Groovebook a try, too, and right now you can do it ABSOLUTELY FREE, without even paying the $2.99 shipping and handling. Just be aware that even though you will not be charged, you will still be asked for a credit card and will still be signing up for a monthly subscription. If you do not wish to maintain that subscription, make sure to cancel before your first monthly charge.
To take advantage of this offer:
That’s it! I would love to add a #5 to that list and say “Come back and tell me if you used Groovebook, and please tell me what you think.”
*Unnecessary non-disclosure: Although I was first told about Groovebook by the company itself, I have no formal relationship with them and had no obligation to post about their services. This is not a sponsored post. I used the same holiday promotion available to everyone to order my first book, and will be paying my own money to order more. I am sharing this service with my readers because I think it could be of great value for getting photos out of the smartphone camera roll graveyard and into more tactile ways to enjoy those precious memories.