I'm a huge fan of Instagram and I've been looking for an easy way to get my photos off the app and into some kind of book. I've been seeing Chatbooks everywhere and decided I had to give it a try. It was hard to tell what the quality was like since everyone I saw posting about them was sponsored and didn't really give much info, so I thought I would write my own unbiased review. I set it so I get five a month, and I just got my second shipment. Once I get caught up to my current photos, I'll probably set it to get one a month.
Verdict: I love them! The app automatically imports your Instagram photos, then you go through them and delete any that you don't want in the books. You can also change or delete the captions. At first I was taking out hashtags and @ things, but I decided they didn't bother me after all. You get 60 pages per book and they cost six dollars each. Blurb is my go-to for photobooks, but it can get pricey fast! These feel really affordable to me. I really like having a tangible way to flip through my Instagram photos.
Here is a photo to get an idea of the size. The paper is thick but not glossy and the cover is like card stock. Sometimes the top of the spine is a little rough as you can see, but it doesn't bother me. The photo quality isn't like a high def photo printer, but I think it looks good for the price. I'm interested to see how it changes when I get to the photos I have taken on my iPhone 5 instead of the 4. The only photos have looked bad were ones I took on my dslr then uploaded to instagram. I'm not sure why! Thankfully there was only one of those. But of course I chose it as a cover. Dang!
I guess they don't have the rights to actual emojis, but the ones they replace them with are funny to me. If you can't tell, that one is two cat faces and a Christmas tree.
I'm so pleased with these little books! I use my instagram like a journal and this physical record of those photos makes me really happy!
If you want to get some you just have to download the Chatbooks app in the iTunes store. Like I said, this isn't a sponsored post or anything, but if you want to give it a try you can use code LRZCJ9W9 and you get one book free, and I get a dollar off! I totally recommend them if you are in love with Instagram like me. The app is really easy to use. I can't wait to get the rest of my books!
And here is a photo of Scout for good measure. She loves hanging out with me when I'm trying to take photos in the kitchen.