Following the most recent post about my blog-to-book efforts, Nancy, one of the long-time readers of this blog, commented that she was considering making books of her genealogy blog ( My Ancestors and Me). She asked if I could show more of the inside of the book. I am more than happy to do so and additional photos with explanations are presented here.
The headline photo above is of the so-called "Great Photo Wall" that appears to be a feature of IntoRealPages books and cannot be changed so far as I know. The Wall is created by taking thumbnail photos of the pictures that accompany posts within the book and making a collage of them at the beginning of the book.
There are basically two different ways to organize a blog-to-book using IntoRealPages. For comparison purposes, interested readers should please open the blog post of December 20, 2020 here in order to see the important differences in the two organizational options.
In the book featured in the December 2020 post above, I used what is called a "Chapter Index" organizational format. In this format each individual blog post is considered a "chapter" in the book. As a result (and as illustrated in the referenced prior post), a "chapter page" is inserted before each and every blog post. The chapter page merely repeats the title of the adjacent blog post itself and so it is not only redundant, it adds unnecessary pages to the book and thus to the cost of each book because cost is ultimately determined by the page count.
The definite benefit of the Chapter Index format is that it produces a very nice, user-friendly index that provides the title of each individual post and the page number on which it begins (see the photo at the December 2020 post above).
While I believe the IntoRealPages blog-to-book is a quality hardback book that should last generations if treated with a modicum of care, the truth must be told that the books are NOT inexpensive. But, if the time and effort that goes into creating such books for our posterity is added to the cost and then "amortized" over the time and generations that will be able to benefit from them, they really work out to be a reasonable cost. Even so, there is still no reason to add to the cost where it is not really required. For that reason, I switched in the three latest volumes and produced them with what is called the "Month Index" format. A picture of that style index is illustrated in the post of August 28, 2021 here.
The Month Index format organizes the blog posts in chronological order within each calendar year included in the book. A calendar year page is inserted into the book in the same way as the Chapter Index, but only where necessary to distinguish blog posts in one specified year from posts in a subsequent year. This means, of course, that there will be far fewer indexed pages inserted in the book and thus the cost of each book will be less.