Pholium: Professional photo e-books right on your iPad

Create photo e-books with PholiumI’ve come to a conclusion recently that I must make my peace with – I’m never going to catch up on updating my photo albums. Deep breaths.

I’ve made valiant efforts to get prints made, but being about 1,247 photos behind in just two years, I’m glad I just discovered a brand new photo app for the iPad designed to help me cope with my photo album shortcomings.

Pholium is a fancy all-in-one photo book app that lets you create beautiful, unlimited compilations of photos for viewing and sharing on your iPad. The interface is very streamlined and clean, and the features are comprehensive. 

Upload any and all photos from your iPad library to the app. You can then create different e-books by date or event to consolidate the images while designing awesome photo books of memories.

I love that you have full control over your e-book’s layout, letting you make adjustments to images, edit them, figure out placement on each page, superimpose images and much more. You can customize the book cover, even include an introduction and parting notes to make the book seem like, well, a book. 

The e-book and photo quality are stellar. When perusing the book, the realistic page flips are an added bonus. You can also view the book as a slideshow. And when you’re done with your masterpiece, you can send it to others to admire. If they’re not iPad or Pholium app users, a lower-resolution PDF version of the book is sent out.

There’s no option to print these books, which would have been a nice feature, but if you want the e-book outside of your iPad, you can always email it to yourself and then upload to a photo printing service. -Jeana


Pholium is available iPad for $4.99 on iTunes. This price includes the creation of an unlimited number of books and the ability to give each book to up to 10 people for free using Pholium’s in-app giving feature, Pholda. Additional Pholdas are available for $0.99 each lets you send each digital photo book to up to 10 new recipients.
*UPDATE 3/14/13: Pholium has just announced a major app release that now enables you to order print photo books directly from the app. Yay!

Jeana Lee Tahnk is a prolific tech writer, crafty mom, and fan of any products that make it easier to raise three children.

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