I have a lot of my journals from he past four years on trail journals. I had the idea of creating a book from each of my treks, not for the purpose of sales, but just to have a permanent sorta journal thing. Think modern photo album in hardbound book form. I would prefer to create a PDF and submit that. The iphoto ones seem easy, but pretty much photos only. I write a lot, I would like to have my journals permanently printed.
Naturally I don't want to pay a fee to start a title or whatever if I am only going to buy 2 -5 copies of my "book" for me, parents, and whatever close family members want one REALLY bad. I would prefer to pay a higher price per book to avoid that. I don't care about royalties or profits. This is just a personal vanity book/photo album.
I liked (past tense) Createspace. They don't have hardbound full color options any more. I haven't heard great reviews on lulu, but I think they have a fee per title. Correct me if I am wrong.
I have six of such books to print. Three longish ones, like 100 pages, and two short ones, one mediumish.
Is anyone familiar with any online self publishing sites that fit the bill?