OK this is pretty awesome, and I wish I would have found it sooner. How I missed it is beyond me but now that I have found it I am going to use it. PDF to Book is an online application from Blurb that allows anyone to get published. The application works much like the iPhoto applications book feature on the Mac, but unlike Apple’s application you are not required to use the pre-designed templates. You can in fact upload any file that you have made into a PDF and they will print a hardbound copy of your book for you.
PDF to Book gives you full creative reign over the bookmaking process. You can make a bookstore-quality book in any of their book sizes, papers and cover types, which is pretty amazing. The thing I like about this is as a designer I have total control over the book I build, but if you are not a designer, or feel your creative skills are lacking, Blurb provides you with the tools you need to create something that looks good.
Hard Cover prices run from just under 25 dollars to just under 75 depending on the page count, hard cover or soft, and if you get a dust jacket or not. The software works on both Windows and Macintosh computers, and the website is filled with tons of helpful tips for getting the best results out of your project.
I think I see a photo book about my trip to South Africa getting made this weekend.