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Online publisher allows you to design your own book

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    John Henkel is offering organizations and individuals a chance to design and publish their own yearbooks, directories or other books online or in print.

John Henkel, a dealer for Kane and DuPage counties, said the Menlo Park, Calif.-based online publisher gives schools, churches, and other organizations a chance to do their publications online and only pay if the books are printed.

"It also offers you the opportunity to personalize the book as well," Henkel said.

The cloud-based software and digital printing technology allows you to log on to the website, upload photos, write text and follow the directions or tutorial on how best to design the book, he said.

The e-book also can be downloaded and viewed on computers, tablets and smartphones. A free eYearbook program starts April 1.

"It will guide even the most technically challenged and intimidated sorts down the path to creative success whether it be a traditional yearbook, church directory or free form memory keepsake for any organization, team or club that wishes to capture special events in the life of their community," Henkel said.

While the e-book is free, the printed version cost starts at $8.49 each for a 20-page softcover book measuring 9.5-by-12 inches. The same-size hardcover version starts at $18.99 each, he said.

The website may be geared to schools seeking to publish their own yearbook, but it also has been used by churches for directories, and individuals seeking to memorialize a trip or special event in their lives, he said.

"A family could even celebrate a special vacation and give the book to other family members," he said.

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