Google Photos Launches Photo Books in Canada, Starting at $17.99

Back in May of this year at Google’s I/O developer conference, the company announced a new feature for Google Photos called Photo Books, to let users easily make soft or hard cover picture books, limited to the U.S.A.

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But that has changed as of today, as Google Canada has announced Photo Books has landed here for Google Photos users:

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that special someone? With photo books from Google Photos now available in Canada, you can share your favourite moments in a printed photo album, whether it’s the first dance on your wedding day or all the family road trips you took over the years.

Google’s value proposition is it normally takes hours to make good photo books, but with this new addition to Google Photos, you can now whip one up in minutes. Users can easily create books organized by people, places “and things that matter”.

The tutorial first asks you to make a gift for “a special someone”, “family, “friends” or “kids”. There are suggested books created for you, or you can start from an existing album. Google Photos will pick from your best images, removing duplicates and low quality images.

Google also can create photo books using machine learning as well, selecting from your best photos.

Prices are as follows:

  • $17.99 CAD – 20-page 7-inch square softcover book; extra pages $0.79/each
  • $27.99 CAD – 20-page 9-inch square hardcover book; extra pages $0.99/each
  • Shipping is $14.99 for each book, arrives in 4-6 business days
Shipping is fairly expensive, since it’s $14.99 regardless and may be tough to swallow when the entry book costs $17.99. But if you’re looking for quick and easy, this will make photo books for you in minutes.
Photo books are rolling out today in French and English, available on iOS, Android and the web.