The end result
Apple’s photo books are charged to your Apple account and will ship in three to five business days. While they may be convenient, Apple’s books are some of the most expensive in what’s become quite a crowded marketplace. The process of laying out images in Pages beforehand can be used for any printing service that allows you to upload images to a website before organising them into a book, so shop around to find the best deal out there before you commit.
Competitor services include Photobox, Blurb, Snapfish, the supermarkets and chemists, and while all offer slightly different services photo books are very common now. Even if still decide on an Apple photo book, you might pick up some inspiration along the way.