Ol' Myrt has been communicating all afternoon with Jeff Harmon, who works with a small startup company in Utah called FamilyLearn. They just released a family history product called MemoryPress -- a "start-to-finish solution to publish your personal or family history into a beautiful hardbound book."
Jeff Harmon explained there are 5 things that set MemoryPress apart:
- Online Collaboration—kind of like Google Docs, MemoryPress lets you collaborate online, but to create your family history.
- REAL Typesetting —powered by TeX, MemoryPress easily organizes and typesets up 480 page books online! To our knowledge, this has NEVER been done online before.
- Tech Mash-up—MemoryPress will soon import blogs, MS Word Documents, Online condolences, flickr photos. (Out of these we have only released the flickr import to date.)
- Really Long Lasting Books—When you print your family history stories you want them to last. Watch what happened when we put a MemoryPress book in the dryer for 45 minutes.
- Customer Phone Support—Creating a book can be difficult for the non-tech savvy user, it can be difficult to learn drag-&-drop, uploading photos, etc... Give us a call and we will step [you] through it at no extra charge.
"MemoryPress' purpose is to publish Family History books (baby, wedding, memorial, biographies, etc...), archiving them online and making them search-able, while publishing them into traditional book form."
WHY MYRT IS EXCITED ABOUT MemoryPress
We just got back from a big family reunion on Orcas Island, the first one since our mom & step-mom Blanche passed away. YES, our 88-year old dad managed to make the trip, with the help of a higher oxygen concentration each night.
I had already decided to design a book to be printed for Dad with great pictures from the huge collection we’ve gathered, using a variety of digital cameras.
When exploring MemoryPress at FamilyLearn.com Ol' Myrt discovered, we can WORK TOGETHER to get this book compiled. I can invite the other members of the family to be in on the actual composition of memories in both text and photo format. Here’s what I did:
- Set up chapters with place holders for each family group
- Sent an invitation to each family group
FIND OUT MORE
Visiting the MemoryPress website: http://memorypress.familylearn.com/
I particularly value the optional how-to video clip tutorials that pop up when you get to a new section of the book-creating process.
Ol' Myrt has planned a podcast interview with Jeff Harmon, to discuss some of the particulars about the MemoryPress options – all seem designed to make your book look GREAT. If you have any questions in the meantime, contact Jeff at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was really convinced by the 45-minutes in the dryer test for the quality of the published book and its binding.
Happy family tree climbing!
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