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Book Review: From Fleeting to Forever by Greg Scoblete and Michael McEnaney

I recently had the opportunity to review a new e-book by Greg Scoblete and Michael McEnaney entitled: From Fleeting to Forever: Enjoying and Preserving Your Digital Photos and Videos. The book covers many topics related to the challenges and opportunities that virtually all of us experience with regard to downloading, organizing, printing, archiving and displaying our digital photographs and videos.

Virtually everyone knows the damage that Mother Nature can cause to our homes and electronic devices, often with little to no notice. Like a news report of a severe hurricane or tornado, I believe this book can serve as a good “wake-up call” for those who are not properly backing up their photographs and videos because the book gives an overview as well as some specific advice on how to back up and archive digital content. I often speak with people who are just one power surge away from losing thousands of their photographs and videos (and in some cases hundreds of hours of editing). That being said, this book does not go into great detail on many of the topics that are covered. Instead, it offers a lot of useful advice to help people understand their options so they can get step-by-step help from other sources, or from an expert.

What I like most about the book are the many specific suggestions for print service providers and photo/backup-related software and hardware. I pay close attention to what’s new and interesting on the market, yet I found quite a few new product options in the book, from free software that converts photos into “sketches,” to a service that prints and creates “pop-up” frames that can be sent to any address, to photo rugs, to higher-end offerings like a company who prints directly onto glass. I was also impressed by how the authors covered digital frames, a product category that can be very confusing for consumers.

I recommend “From Fleeting to Forever,” to photographers of all skill levels (especially to those who are not backing up their images both on- and off-site). An example of a good off-site backup option would be in “the cloud,” using a service like Carbonite, Backblaze, DropBox or SugarSync (a few online storage options, plus some of the positives and negatives related to using them, are discussed in the book). There is also a companion site for the book at www.your-digital-life.com; it contains some very useful tips and additional information about specific products and companies who offer them.

Availability (from the press release)
From Fleeting to Forever: Enjoying & Preserving Your Digital Photos and Videos is available now for $6.99 at Amazon, Sony, iTunes, and Kobo bookstores. Here is a direct link to purchase the book on Amazon.com (affiliate link).

Disclaimer: I was sent a digital version of this book for this review.


Below is the full text of the book’s press release:

Morris Plains, NJ—Every day, we snap an estimated 266 million photos or about 97 billion photos a year, according to the research firm InfoTrends. Between our cameras and our phones, we’re being snowed in by a blizzard of digital data and like any massive storm, many people find it overwhelming to dig out. A new e-book—From Fleeting to Forever: A Guide to Enjoying and Preserving Your Digital Photos and Videos—aims to help consumers not simply poke their heads above the snow bank, but to find new ways to enjoy their most precious digital memories.

In seven detailed chapters, From Fleeting to Forever outlines how you can organize a vast and growing collection of photos (from prints to digital camera and smartphone photos) and how to bring those digital images out of your phone and computer and into the real world in the form of unique products such as prints on glass and bamboo, canvas wall art, 3D prints, photo merchandise and much more. Each chapter combines a comprehensive overview of the subject as well as specific recommendations and links to service providers so that readers can immediately begin creating the products they’ve been reading about.

“We really view this e-book as a practical reference that will not only shed light on all there is to do with your photos but also point directly to high quality services so you have a concrete starting point,” said co-author Michael McEnaney.

From Fleeting to Forever also tackles some of the under-appreciated challenges of photography in the modern era, such as how to maintain your privacy while sharing your images digitally and, crucially, how to ensure that your digital photos will survive for future generations to marvel at. Readers will find step-by-step suggestions and detailed advice that can help them safeguard a digital inheritance.

“Many people don’t realize that the digital memories they’re recording with smartphones and cameras may not last as long as prints made from film cameras,” said co-author Greg Scoblete. “Digital photos are vulnerable to hard drive crashes and changing technology trends that can render old storage formats, like compact discs, obsolete. We take photos and videos to preserve moments in time, but today, keeping those memories safe for future generations is a lot harder than dumping a print into a shoebox.”

Authors Greg Scoblete and Michael McEnaney have covered the photo and technology industries for a wide variety of print and online publications. McEnaney was most recently publisher and editor-in-chief of Picture Business Magazine as well as the editorial director of the TechnologyTell network. Scoblete is currently the editor of RealClearTechnology and has contributed to numerous photo publications including Photo District News, Digital Photographer, Digital Photo Pro and Photo Industry Reporter.

The authors have also joined to launch Your-Digital-Life.com, a website dedicated to expanding on the themes covered in From Fleeting to Forever. Unlike most photo and technology sites focused on camera reviews and gear, Your Digital Life is centered exclusively on what happens after the camera shutter is snapped—whether it’s a traditional point-and-shoot camera or a smartphone. It’s the go-to site for the latest apps and photo products that will help consumers enjoy and preserve their digital photos and videos (their “digital life”).

From Fleeting to Forever: Enjoying & Preserving Your Digital Photos and Videos is available now for $6.99 at Amazon, Sony, iTunes, and Kobo bookstores. It will be available at other e-book sellers by the end of April.

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