Idea 053 - HTML and CSS photo book for Blurb

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This post is part of the 100 project ideas project. #The100DayProject. I am looking for feedback. Comment below or DM me via social media Instagram, Twitter.

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Instead of using Blurb publishing tools create the book using HTML and CSS


photobookEvery year I make a photo book using Blurb’s publishing tool BookWright. It’s a good beginner tool that allows for drag and drop templates, aligning photos, adding borders and backgrounds, etc…

It has a few problems, such as a cost for producing a PDF proof, no ability to update the entire document styles such as border size of color, text styles, image styles, etc…

I have looked into other publishing tools such as Affinity publisher. More powerful and full featured then BookWright. For $70 you get a real license, none of that subscription BS. I want to support companies that do this more, happy to pay for software with real licenses. But I found that the learning curve on this tool was too great for me.

Recently Blurb added the feature to create books from PDFs.

I have a good understanding of HTML and CSS. I can use these tools to create print layouts for a photo book. Then use a headless browser to convert the HTML and CSS into a PDF that can be printed by Blurb. This allows me to create a webpage that also mimics the photo book and I get a PDF version for free.

Prior art

There is a lot of prior art, and tutorials on how to do this style of publishing.


Me, People who are programers who want to make photo books using HTML, CSS, and Javascript

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