Jan 6th



When, earlier this year, I started looking for a new way to present my online work, Livebooks really hooked me. When I bit the bullet I was really impressed with their service and the quality of people there. I won’t do a sales job on Livebooks, because I think we all want different things. But, I do want to say using Livebooks was everything I wanted – clean, professional, and customizable design, easy to use, and cheaper than it once was. I also wanted the sites to work on the iPad, and Livebooks has built-in HTML companion sites as a standard feature. Most important to me was that my photographs were large and looked great and stood on their own. The Livebooks template I chose does that for me. Anyways, I’m a fan and as I was having coffee with a friend last night I was reminded that when Livebooks said, How can we help you? I said, how’d you like to give a 1 year subscriptions to me and someone in my community, they said absolutely. I asked for one, they gave me 5. I have 3 of them to give away right now.

Want a year of Livebooks?  All I want you to do is go to their site – LIVEBOOKS.COM – and poke around. look at the available templates and leave a comment here telling me which one you like best.  In roughly a week-ish, I’ll announce three, randomly chosen winners. Good luck. And huge thanks to Livebooks for being so cool about this.

**January 14, 12:38 pm PST, the giveaway is now closed and winners –  and a limited time 20% discount – have been announced HERE.

Comments (580)
  1. January 6, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Industrial is real nice. All you ever need. Simple, clean, lovely.

  2. January 6, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I like the Prestige – Vimeo Enabled best.

  3. Jackie Blake

    January 6, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I like the Phil Borges design. :o)

  4. January 6, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I like trend-setter. I have a thing for the grey and black.

  5. January 6, 2011 at 7:47 am

    An awesome offer!

    I really like Clarity with the Dark Theme.



  6. January 6, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I love the look of Clarity! Nice, simple and clean.

  7. January 6, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I like the Invite template, personally… modern, clean, and colorful…

  8. January 6, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I love the look of the Industrial template – and Vimeo enabled too. The dark option looks great and there are so many features that you can add. I have long admired the Livebooks way of creating websites – just awesome.

  9. January 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I like Gutenberg or Metro, each for different reasons. These look like nice, clean sites. And what a generous offer!

  10. January 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I have to agree that Clarity looks very nice. Simple and clean is always the best, IMO.

  11. January 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I started shooting film again recently so I’m being drawn to New Roll.

  12. January 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Hardline is where its at ;)

  13. January 6, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I have to agree that Clarity looks great. Simple and clean is always the best, in my opinion.

  14. January 6, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I like the Advance template. Its a clean one, what I look most is to have a slideshow in the homepage, to let new visitors and old visitor find something new each time without having to change the image or the post everytime.

  15. January 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

    “Landscape – Medium.” It has a very clean feel and style to it.

  16. January 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

    (Sorry for the double-post. The first time, I was given an error message.)

  17. Randy Nicholson

    January 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Loft is cup-o-tea.

  18. Ellen

    January 6, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I think i liked Trellis the best! Would LOVE a new site. Thanks for the opportunity!

  19. Annie

    January 6, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Thanks for the chance to play with Livebooks.

    I am voting for Store Front Template.


  20. January 6, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I’m a big fan of the Clarity theme, it has a nice clean interface.


  21. January 6, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Clarity for me as well. Loved it, would like to give it a go.

  22. January 6, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Dear David,
    I like the “Spring” for a streamlined website. Organic and simple.

  23. January 6, 2011 at 7:58 am

    live books certainly offers a huge range of services and great websites. I often find myself looking at website designs when I find one I like and more than often livebooks prevails.

    The industrial site is great!

    Great work David, thanks for the books, love them!

    Scott Martin

  24. Charlene burnside

    January 6, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Love Metro!

  25. John Cowie

    January 6, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Trendsetter – Vimeo enabled looks good to me

  26. January 6, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I really like the Prestige template.

  27. January 6, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Hardline with Light color palette.

  28. Kerry Pringle

    January 6, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I like Graphite, I too have a ting for dark! Excellent offer btw

  29. January 6, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I really like trend-setter. I may have to look into this a bit more.

    thanks David

  30. Agustín

    January 6, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Trend-setter is my favourite, clean interface, neutral colors.

  31. Wayne Elliott

    January 6, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Hi David,

    I like the Idealist-Vimeo Enabled. The size of the framing for my images is what got me. They would stand out and be the focus of the page, as they should be. I’m not into video at this point but it could be an option down the road.



  32. January 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I like the “winsome” template David!
    Nice offer! Thanks for being so good to us!

  33. January 6, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I really like Idealist – the minimalist theme appeals to me. Very clean & nice lines.

  34. Billie-Jo

    January 6, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I so need to work on my website! Took my old version down and a new one is still not up – still completely in my head! I like the look of Industrial at LiveBooks. Clean and strong looking.

  35. January 6, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Wow, so many good templates. I kind of like Weather since it’s kind of a different design.

  36. David Byrne

    January 6, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I really like the Idealist template. Very cool, nice Vimeo integration too.



  37. Greg

    January 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I agree, Industrial with the “Light” color pallette. I like clean and simple for displaying fine art landscapes. I am also impressed with the custom client examples. Very nice.

  38. Joshua Debner

    January 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Clarity for the Win! So Good!

  39. January 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Love the “Prestige” template for photography, looks like it really helps your work stand out from the rest of the page.

    Thanks David!

  40. Wayne Berry

    January 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

    The idealist is nice and simple. Simple design with not a lot of distraction.

  41. January 6, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Just loved Prestige – Vimeo Enabled!

    Thanks a lot!

  42. January 6, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Really like many of them…Clarity and Spring rank among my favorites. I like the clean look of all of their sites…and their ease of use. LOVE that they work with iPad functionality.
    Great offer David! Thanks for using your powers for good!

  43. January 6, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I really love the industial theme, elegant, stylish and clean.

    Best wishes from Reykjavik, Iceland
    Benzo.is / @benzmar on Twitter

  44. January 6, 2011 at 8:12 am

    clarity. Nice & simple

  45. Filip

    January 6, 2011 at 8:13 am

    “Industrial” in light color palette is the one designed right for me. Clean and elegant. And my favourite color – white.

  46. Rhoda

    January 6, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Idealist, Perfectionist, Purist, Upper Left and Trend Setter… simple, clean and large image template. I like that it has WordPress integration too!

  47. Lou

    January 6, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Happy New Year, David.

    I’ve always enjoyed Livebooks’ designs and after looking at them again, Twain really resonates with me.


  48. January 6, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Prestige Dark – video enabled. Very nice!

  49. January 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I think I like the Prestige one the best. I like the minimalist design of them all, but the layout and colors on this one caught my eye the most. Thanks for the contest!

  50. Melissa Miller

    January 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

    So many beautiful Livebooks sites. I like; Spring, Trellis and Gutenberg. Can’t choose just one. Thank you and Livebooks for the wonderful opportunity. This is great for someone, me, who finds the whole website thing challenging. Happy New Year and New Decade!

  51. January 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I really liked Advanced too! i’ve always liked having a slideshow to showcase my work and help my clients see a variety of work right off the bat

  52. January 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Phil Borges looks great

  53. January 6, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Templates without a template feel… love the vimeo enabling, too.
    I have 5 favorites, but METRO won me over, followed closely by NEW ROLL… not for everyone, to be sure, but fits me well. Cheers,

  54. Alim Kassim

    January 6, 2011 at 8:18 am

    ESSENTIAL – Clean, simple and I like the thumbnail location.


  55. January 6, 2011 at 8:19 am


    I liked the Clarity and Industrial design templates. Also stoked to read more about their Ipad site offerings. I’m checking this out in more detail this weekend! cheers!

  56. January 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Hi David … me likes the dark version of Twain. Cheers!

  57. January 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

    The Industrial – Vimeo Enabled looks like a good start to me. I like the type setup and the clean look that will showcase the photography.

  58. January 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I love Graphite. I love how simple most of them are. That way they don’t distract from the images that you are trying to show.

  59. January 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

    idealist for me – always a sucker for grey, so i like distinction, also

  60. Jennifer Kapala

    January 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I like the Soho template – what awesome products!

  61. January 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I love Livebooks! Distinction is a fav – very minimalist and clean.

  62. Kenneth Farver

    January 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I like the essential template, but winning a website would take time away from reading your books.

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  64. January 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Classic (in dark). Good luck, everyone!

  65. January 6, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Perforation is my favorite. Thanks David!

  66. Valerie Mitchell

    January 6, 2011 at 8:21 am

    This inspires me to work on a web site!

  67. Hilda

    January 6, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for this opportunity.
    I like Distinction -Vimeo enabled.

  68. January 6, 2011 at 8:25 am

    to me Essential Vimeo enabled is all i’d need for a straight forware designed site…
    Great Service!

  69. Ryan B

    January 6, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Thanks for offering this great opportunity! I really love the Industrial – Vimeo enabled design. Clean and simple. Thanks!

  70. Julie Orfirer

    January 6, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Clarity – simply, clear in fact…

  71. Mike

    January 6, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I like the minimalist look of their sites. Leaning toward Industrial or Distinction myself. Thanks for doing this, David! Very generous of you and Livebooks.

  72. January 6, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I like New Roll because it has nice retro film design elements. I also like the distressed design elements.

  73. January 6, 2011 at 8:28 am

    HANNAHELOGE.COM would look amazing in SoHo or SPRING! I have been dying for a LIVEBOOK!

  74. andrew

    January 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I like The Granite template in the “cool” colour scheme.

    the live demo has some pretty chilling photos from the iraq war too… my prayers are with the troops over there right now

  75. January 6, 2011 at 8:29 am

    This is really awesome of you David!

    I was a big fan of rough cut- vimeo enabled

  76. Jamie

    January 6, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Clarity looks awesome!

  77. January 6, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Clarity is wonderful!

  78. Tod

    January 6, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I like essential – vimeo enabled.

    Many thanks, David!

  79. Oke

    January 6, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I Like the minimalist version.

  80. January 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Industrial – Vimeo Enabled because of the clean look

  81. January 6, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Never knew about LIVEBOOKS until today! I need to check this out further. Might be what I have been looking for.

  82. Mark Hansberger

    January 6, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I like the Industrial or the Prestige the best. Very classy and simple.

  83. January 6, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I like Prestige, the Vimeo integration makes it a winner in my book.

  84. January 6, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I like to keep it clean and simple I like the “Idealist – Vimeo Enabled” design.

  85. January 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

    So many good ones! Kinda leaning towards Clarity, though.

  86. January 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I’m loving “Graphite.” Very clean, but not pretentious or oversimplified. Love those bigggg photos!

  87. January 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

    My choice would be Classic or Distinctive. They both avoid distracting elements. It is the image that is important not a fancy, trendy design.
    When showing my paintings I found that some folks do indeed buy the frame. But nevertheless I kept my frames simple so they would not distract from the painting.
    And I still feel that for photos off white mats and simple, preferably black frames , as recommended by Ansel Adams, keep the emphasis on the image.
    My 2 cents. (Probably for what its worth)
    Dick K.

  88. Kristina Jacob

    January 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Hi David,

    Thanks, as always, for doing this!

    On my initial poke around, I really liked Distinction because of its simplicity.

  89. January 6, 2011 at 8:41 am

    If you can turn off the flash home page, Idealist Dark. Thanks.

  90. January 6, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Lots of cool templates out there. Really hard to choose from. I really like Passport and Distinction.

  91. Tim Thompson

    January 6, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Hi David,
    I really liked Gutenberg. It is different from all the rest and really catches your eye when it pops up on screen.

  92. Jenn L

    January 6, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Oooh – Industrial Dark is my favorite!

    I’ve been looking at getting Lightbook for some time now – I love Lightbook sites!

  93. January 6, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I really like the way “perfectionist” works. Easy to navigate, clean, and simple. Definitely keeping livebooks in mind!

  94. January 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

    im partial to drafter. however im really drawn to all of them for their minimalist designs. i want my photos to stand out not my website.

  95. January 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I’m a bit torn between the Industrial and Essential. Both very nice, simple designs that would be great for showing potential clients. Since I have to choose I will say Industrial in the Light setting. I like how it lets the photographers name pop out from the other text but not be distracting. The menus are clean and easy to follow.

    Thank you David!

  96. Melissa Reed

    January 6, 2011 at 8:52 am

    My favorite so far is Trellis – I liked spring, but I think trellis gives a similar feel and is less distracting than some of the features of spring. I like the color options – especially “light” – and I like the slideshow home page…

  97. January 6, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I like the “winsome” template.
    Thanks for thinking of us David!

  98. Jennifer Eliuk

    January 6, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I LOVE the Craftsman template, and actually really like all three colour palette choices. As a paycheck-to-paycheck, scraping-by-to-live-in-a-gorgeous-part-of-the-world gal, I cannot afford to set up a site like this myself. Winning this contest would allow me to launch a site and propel my photography forward. The challenge of having a site, now needing to step up my game a notch to warrant said site, would really help me grow as a visual artist. Thank you David for the opportunity!

  99. January 6, 2011 at 8:54 am

    My personal choice

    Landscape and Soho for simplicity

    Prestige-Industrial-Distinction for elegance.

    Wishing myself goodluck :)


  100. January 6, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I am a big fan of Prestige in the dark palette.

    Thanks for this contest, I was considering getting a livebooks site this year, I hope I win!

  101. January 6, 2011 at 8:56 am

    wow they have amazing stuff!

  102. January 6, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I’d have to go with Weather (Dark)

  103. Jeff Fielding

    January 6, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Prestige. Simple and clean, really shows off your best photos.

  104. January 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I like the Industrial layout in dark.

  105. January 6, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Thanks for offering this, my present website is due for renewal in Feb and I am thinking of making a change.
    I like Idealist – Vimeo Enabled best.

  106. TimR

    January 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I like Prestige-Vemeo Enabled. I has a Web 2.0 feel to it, but not too much. I haven’t been able to justify the cost of a Livebooks site just yet, but I’ve been wanting one; they seem to have all I want too.

  107. January 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Three catch my eyes….
    Upper left
    and Twain.
    I too have been considering Livebooks for the new site I’m working on…new year is here, new site is in order

  108. January 6, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Clarity (dark palette). I like the clean lines.

  109. knelson

    January 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Great offer. I like Prestige! Simple and stiking…

  110. David Olmstead

    January 6, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I prefer the Clarity – medium

  111. Harri Halonen

    January 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Hi David,

    Idealist, just like me
    it’s simple, just like me

  112. January 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I love the Industrial in Dark. Very sleek!

  113. January 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I really enjoy the Industrial – Vimeo Enabled!

  114. Moe

    January 6, 2011 at 9:13 am

    My favorite so far is the “Idealist”. Less is more!

  115. January 6, 2011 at 9:14 am

    My personal favorite is: ADVANCE for its simplicty of design

  116. January 6, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I like the look of Granite with a Dark colour scheme.

  117. January 6, 2011 at 9:18 am

    My personal favorite is the Trend-setter – Vimeo Enabled in dark. Would certainly be a step up from my current Smugmug template.

  118. Simon

    January 6, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Graphite for me, but there’s so many great ones it’s hard to pick.

  119. Brian Reilly

    January 6, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I liked the Gutenberg design although many of them are very nice.

  120. kpete

    January 6, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I really like the SOHO design.

  121. Jason Hughes

    January 6, 2011 at 9:24 am

    “Industrial” in dark would be my ideal. Great giveaway David, thanks!

  122. Austin

    January 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I’m diggin Clarity for sure.

  123. Reagan

    January 6, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Tough choice! I like Justified and Industrial best. Thanks!

  124. January 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Difficult choice as there are so many professional looking templates to choose from. I like most of the modern/minimal templates, but the Vimeo-enabled Prestige would probably be my number one choice.

  125. January 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

    The 3 that I liked best are roughcut, upper left and Batik. I would probably go for cool or bright colors. I’ve been thinking about hosting with them, a free year would get me to make the jump.

  126. January 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I really liked Twain & Trellis!

  127. January 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I like the Prestige and Industrial vimeo enabled pages. A new site was on my list for this year and this would be a great start to 2011. Good luck everyone. Thanks David!

  128. Bill

    January 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I really like the Rough Cut template. I had been looking to buy a LiveBooks site for a couple of months now so I hope I win!

  129. January 6, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Spring is pretty classy and gives an intimate feel as if I’m alongside an artist viewing their personal portfolio before the rest of the world gets to see it.

  130. January 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I really enjoy the clean look of the Prestige template in the medium color pallete.

  131. January 6, 2011 at 9:35 am

    prestige (vimeo enabled) is such a richly beautiful and clean theme…but really, I LOVE THEM ALL. Thanks for the opportunity, enthusiasm, and insperation!

  132. January 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Metro is okay, Industrial is probably my favorite/most minimal in dark…but I’d likely want customized.

  133. January 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I like Idealist in black.. Very clean and simple and exactly the look that I need.

  134. January 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

    awesome! id love to try them out, they look like they look awesome on the ipad/iphone which is a HUGE deal!

  135. January 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

    My favorite would be Industrial – Light, clean and elegant.

  136. Ken

    January 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Essential with the dark option. It lets your photos do the talking.

  137. January 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

    being a student, im kinda drawm to the classic theme… who doesnt like classics? lean and simple yet focused and delivers the content straight!

  138. January 6, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I’m diggin the ‘Twain’ design.

  139. Tracy

    January 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I keep changing what my favorite is! Apparently, the last IS the best for me – I like Trellis (Spring is next fav).

  140. January 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

    My favourite is definitely prestige – vimeo enabled.

  141. January 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I love the Distinction template, in the Light palette.

  142. Ken

    January 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Tough choice, but I rather like Batik.

  143. jd

    January 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Prestige would work well for me.

  144. January 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

    “Idealist” is a winner in my book.

  145. January 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I’m liking the Trend Setter Vimeo Enabled. Seems like something to look into a little further in any case.

  146. Andy Gard

    January 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I like the Landscape template – simple and uncluttered.

  147. January 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I like the Prestige design, simple, clean, and effective.

  148. January 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I really liked “Granite”…probably because it could go well with my NGO projects photography.

  149. Deb

    January 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Very tough to choose, but I really like Essential. It is a very impressive collection of templates!

  150. January 6, 2011 at 10:03 am

    what a fantastic giveaway! i think i like industrial – it’s nice and unfussy.

  151. January 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I love Graphite. It draws the eye to the pictures with a classic look and a tinge of personality.

  152. January 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Ah…sweet serendipity. :) I can’t believe you posted this today. I am literally in the process of getting a web-site going, and was starting to figure out how I was going to host it (and whether I wanted to pay someone or do it my self [I’m a “computer guy”]).

    Leaning toward paying someone, today I was going to start researching places that do it, as I have no idea where to start (written many web-sites, though not for a while; never had someone else do it).

    And then you post this. The site and company look really good and professional. The services were great, with lots of room for growth and customization. Definitely at the top of my list. Thanks for the recommendation!

    As for the template…I’m still undecided, I liked Idealist, Industrial, Landscape and Soho. Probably right now Idealist, as I like how the Portfolio selection works (clicking on it and getting thumbnails for the different portfolios…that may be possible for all of them and I’m showing my ignorance. :)).

    Anyway…thanks again for the fortuitous post!

  153. Beate Dalbec

    January 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I think my favorites are Prestige and Distinction (both Vimeo enabled). Also like the Horizon theme. So many to choose from!

  154. January 6, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I love the grittiness of the passport design.

  155. Harold

    January 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I like Industrial, good mix of text and photographs.

  156. January 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Industrial is nice and clean, but Trend-setter has some reasonable flourishes.

  157. Anthony

    January 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

    There are too many great ones to choose from. But I think my favorite template is Clarity.

  158. January 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

    love these, so clean! i think im favoring ‘industrial’ today. thanks for the chance to win!

  159. Melissa H.

    January 6, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I like the distressed elements of Passport.

  160. January 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I like the scripture design… very cool, very me!

  161. January 6, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Hey David! I’ve been using Zenfolio, which has some cool, affordable customization options, and which also allows you to sell prints, which I enjoy. But Livebooks just looks a lot more professional, and I’m looking to get rid of the print-selling feature. Only my family really buys prints, anyway, haha.

    I really liked the Granite layouts. I added five different color schemes available for the Granite layout to my favorites!

  162. ian

    January 6, 2011 at 10:22 am

    granite for sure

  163. Ernie

    January 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

    There are a lot of great templates, but right now Landscape would be my first choice.

  164. January 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I love Logic. So clean and simple.

    By the way, David, I love your approach to photography. Thanks for sharing on your blog!

  165. January 6, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I like a bunch off the designs they offer. But D17 sprung out for me. I love the color tones it uses.

  166. Andrew McCauley

    January 6, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I’m fond of Industrial and Clarity

  167. Steve Weileman

    January 6, 2011 at 10:27 am

    How about: Idealist – Vimeo Enabled

  168. Jeremy

    January 6, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Distinction is my favourite.

  169. Elizabeth

    January 6, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Brilliant promo – I like Purist and Landscape. Can I choose two? Images feature predominantly, text is simple, quiet and functional. I have been trying to make my own website for 6 mos. and I am never satisfied. Looks like livebooks might be the answer!

  170. Credo 2k7

    January 6, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I like Industrial, Rough Cut, and Drafter design. They are clearly look and suite my style. If choose one, I would like to have Drafter my template.

  171. Jan Haapala

    January 6, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Graphite would be my choice. Good stuff.

  172. January 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I I still think that it looks good, but also wondering how customisable it is, but yes, it would be interesting to test.

  173. Sterling

    January 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Great timing! I was just looking through Livebooks templates last night!

    I have bookmarked (and thus like)
    – Purist (light); and
    – Industrialist (light)

    Do you know if their WordPress blogs follow the same template as the one you choose?

  174. January 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I think my fave would be ROUGH CUT… I like the rough edges:)

  175. Laurie Iten

    January 6, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I like Essential because it’s so clean and simple.

  176. Adam Burke

    January 6, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I vote for Prestige (medium color palette)…

  177. January 6, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I really like New Roll, Reminds me of how I started in photography. Hand developing in my High School basement darkroom, it was awesome.

  178. January 6, 2011 at 10:56 am

    The industrial and Perfectionist templates are looking really tempting

  179. January 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I’ve been looking at LiveBooks on and off for a while. I am a fan of the Essential layout, but also like the look of Industrial. It’s a toss-up!

  180. David

    January 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Clarity is the way!!! A great place for hosting.

  181. January 6, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Twain (bright) is my favorite- clean and simple.

    i have stayed away from flash loading portfolios because of the iPhone/iPad… but LiveBooks has alternative options, and they integrate with WordPress- i have always loved their sites, but haven’t made the jump… yet.

  182. January 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I really like Trellis. I like many of them but this one grabbed my eye. I think it is warmly elegant. It seems more personal and contemporary. Sometimes sites come off sort of cold feeling. I know mine can be that way but the imagery I use warms it up. Trellis is just warm and fuzzy all over.

  183. January 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I loved the “Invite” template, had the best way to browse through images. You have no idea how bad I want to win this. I need a new website so bad.

  184. Ezra

    January 6, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Industrial looks nice.

  185. January 6, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Hey David,

    I like Clarity!


  186. January 6, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I’m a big fan of the Industrial template. Nice and clean.

  187. Timm

    January 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

    METRO is one that doesn’t distract from the photographs – which after all are the main reason for the site. Likewise ESSENTIAL – VIMEO ENABLED for those that may need video.

  188. Craig P

    January 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

    @ David: I’d have to go with Vimeo enabled and root for the Prestige: http://prestige.dark.vimeo.sites.livebooks.com/

    Headed to Manila next week to shoot self-funded documentary on orphanage and will need a place to showcase it. Hope the Rover is rolling well for you!

  189. January 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Industrial looks really nice… minimal and clean!

  190. January 6, 2011 at 11:35 am

    it must be PERFECTIONIST !

  191. Brian Reinke

    January 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Batik is my favorite.

  192. January 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

    My favorite is: Idealist – Vimeo Enabled

    Seems like it would work well for most types of images. Vimeo enabled is important for the next generation of portfolios! Chase Jarvis has proved that. :)

  193. January 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Industrial is my favorite!

  194. January 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I would love to use Prestige, preferably with Vimeo enabled. I have been looking into Livebook before but it was kind of expensive for me.

  195. January 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

    the Graphite design caught my eye. hard to choose from all the templates. I do like the simplicity of the livebooks sites. The are simple but still designed looking.

  196. January 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Torn between Invite & Scripture… Thanks for the opportunity!!

  197. Rick Baumhauer

    January 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’m torn between the simplicity of something like ‘Clarity’ or ‘Graphite’ and the tactile (but perhaps over-designed) ‘Gutenberg’.

  198. January 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

    my vote is for clarity (vimeo enabled)

    looks slick!

  199. Justin

    January 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Industrial all the way, assuming you can tweak some things here and there.

  200. Ariel

    January 6, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Clarity rocks!!

  201. Roger Williams

    January 6, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I think I like the Prestige and Industrial equally well.

  202. January 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I really liked the Trend-setter in white scheme. Clean and expressive. Congratulations!

  203. January 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Hey, David, great idea! I like the Prestige, I think.

  204. January 6, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I really like the Noteworthy, I find it efficient and more original than the others.

  205. Tom Beans

    January 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I really like the newer designs they’ve put up recently. I like Idealist the best and appreciate the nice use of the Gotham font as well

  206. January 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Thanks David
    Twain looks good to me.

  207. January 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I love ROUGH CUT! Best for event and ad photography.

  208. January 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    What a blessing this will be to the winners! There are several wonderful templates, but I’m really drawn to the Spring design. It really matches my photographic style and personality.

  209. Ada

    January 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Hard to pick one, checked them out on my i-phone4. Depends à lot on the feeling u want to create-Clarity and Landscape are favourites! Glad they can offer templates as Gutenberg as well.

  210. January 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Simple is almost always better for me – Idealist and Twain were my picks. Ironically they were first and last in the list of slideshow layouts.

    Nice stuff

  211. Terry G.

    January 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I think I’d go with Purist in either light or dark.
    I have yet to make myself a website and I’ll have too very soon since I’m living on Facebook right now and need to expand ;)

    Merci David pour ta générosité :)

  212. January 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Prestige – simple yet effective.

  213. January 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I like the Purist theme!

  214. January 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    David: Thanks to you and LiveBooks for the great opportunity. I have been looking to pull the trigger on a new site and after way too much research (read, “I am now suffering from partial paralysis by analysis!”). My choices have come down to Photoshelter and LiveBooks.
    After spending another detailed hour in the LiveBooks template gallery, I would choose Granite in the darkest setting and add a Companion WP Blog to match.
    Thanks again,

  215. January 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I like Logic, very clean! Awesome deal David!

  216. January 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I like the Perfectionist design.

  217. January 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Prestige looks nice and clean

  218. Clayton Hansen

    January 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I really like Idealist – Vimeo Enabled. I would probably go light and use the matching WP blog. Very clean and not distracting from any of the work.

  219. January 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Industrial gets my vote..

  220. Scott

    January 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Seriously?! I LOVE Livebooks! The ‘Industrial’ design has always been my favorite!!

  221. January 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I looove Industrial. I often go to the Livebooks site and dream that I had that website. No more waiting for my graphic designer.. me and Industrial could live happily ever after. Sigh.

  222. Bob Elliott

    January 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I like the prestige on dark …

  223. January 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I like the Prestige – vimeo enabled one. thanks!

  224. Gu

    January 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    None of them … l

    Livebooks feel one notch down when compared with aphotofolio.com. Pricing wise it is not as competitive as it seems, aphotofolio beats it hands down given the long term consideration.

  225. Willem

    January 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    It’s the ‘Graphite Cool’ for me.
    It will be nice for my black&white work. Modern with some 20 century romance.

  226. Aaron Cushing

    January 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    so hard to choose–lots of great templates. I like Final Edit, and Batik is very nice.

  227. Steve

    January 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Best feature for me is cross platform compatibilty.

  228. January 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I like the Twain, very clean and basic.

  229. January 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    A day late, I just put together my first site with another company and wish I had seen this yesterday. The biggest feature being the standard HTML partner site. Of the few I looked over this was one that stood out to me ( http://www.spreitz.ca/ ). I will be looking into Livebooks my next time around.

  230. January 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Metro cuts for me. Like it’s back pages and choice of colors.

  231. January 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I’m a big fan of the prestige template. Especially with the medium colour palette.

  232. January 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    This is very generous of them. Thanks for asking! At this point for me, any of the templates would be great!

  233. Kevin K.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Industrial looks great. And thanks for thinking of the community David!

  234. Ahmed Aloub

    January 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    i like Purist with medium

  235. matthew d lyons

    January 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Hi David. I like Graphite the best.

  236. January 6, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Landscape works for me …

  237. Phil P.

    January 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    For me, it’s between the Perfectionist and Seamless designs. Probably with a slight edge for the Perfectionist.

  238. January 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Clarity is great! Nice, simple and clean.

  239. Dan

    January 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Prestige rocks!

  240. Teija

    January 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I prefer Landscape…I like the photos stretching across the screen

  241. scott hume

    January 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    is it bad if i cannot really choose? passport and industrial both are my favs

  242. January 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I’d choose Essential and I think it’s pretty good value but the fee for setting up the WordPress blog seems a little excessive. $200 set up fee? Rly? $39 a month seems okay but I’d need a damn good reason to switch from fotojournal right now. Free would be a good reason ;0)

  243. January 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Industrial is my favorite

  244. VOC

    January 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Rough Cut is the one for me!!! Love the clean lines with just a touch of texture …

  245. January 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I like the clean look of Industrial, though Clarity is running a close second. Wow this is really generous of Livebooks, Thanks for doing this

  246. Cynnes Gwyn

    January 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    What an interesting exercise, even if I don’t win! I tend to like warmer colors, but my overall fave is the Metro-Cool followed by Perfectionist – Medium. Thanks to you and Livebooks for setting this up.

  247. Kane Feaver

    January 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I like the light color setting of Trend-setter.

  248. Graham Parker

    January 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Without doubt Prestige for me

  249. January 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I really like the Industrial with the white background. Thanks for this opportunity!

  250. Joel

    January 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Greenwich is my favorite. Thanks for putting this together.

  251. January 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    If I could choose, I would get me some dark Twain…

  252. KzA

    January 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I’m digging the Clarity/Dark… big images, simple navigation. Crispy.

  253. Susan

    January 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Oh, that would mean taking the next step with my photography. Nothing like a challenge. Clarity.

  254. January 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    i like industrial the best!

  255. January 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I would LOVE to have a professional website, but I can’t afford it as a new, struggling photographer. I’m not sure which one is my favorite, but I do like the darker colors. I’d be happy with any of them!

  256. Dave

    January 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    If I ever get to the professional level then Livebooks will be my choice to showcase my work. So many cool templates but Industrial would work for me.

  257. January 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I think I would go for Purist Medium. But it’s a very hard choice because most of the designs are great.


  258. André

    January 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Nice blog David, I really like the “gutenberg” theme, this is a really great webdeigner page…

  259. Tim

    January 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    livebooks looks great. I like the simplicity of Prestige, the vimeo enabled version.

  260. Antonio

    January 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Prestige for me!

  261. January 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Wow! Give some free goodies away and we’re gonna crash your site with comments :) It’s as if you posted something about Canon vs. Nikon lol :)

    I definitley am loving the “invite” theme but mostly because I am a people/event/wedding photographer and I think it would make a beautiful site!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  262. Bernard

    January 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I’d choose Prestige. Nice simple elegance. What a great contest…thanks!

  263. January 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Scripture would be my choice. Livebooks is pretty amazing. Thanks for mentioning it.

  264. January 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I like the Industrial template.

    Greetings from Portugal.

  265. January 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Hi David, would be great to start the year with a new site. Clarity for me, simple and clean…ciao

  266. January 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Being an Idealist I would have to go with Idealist :-)
    Just so you know my wife said it was ok for you to give it to me ;-)

  267. Chris Bradlee

    January 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks, I will be able to narrow it down to one template in a week-ish when you let me know I won!!! Thanks in advance!

  268. Lisa

    January 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Gutenburg is my favorite with Industrial Vimeo enabled being a second. I think the Vemeo is going to become more and more important over time as DSLR’s incorporate video.

  269. January 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Purist (light or dark) for me. Clean and simple, highlights your pics real nice. :)

  270. Kati Miller

    January 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I really like Noteworthy, the Light version. I think it hits a good balance between lighthearted and straight-laced, and as the description says, it’s quirky :)

  271. January 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    i pick Industrial – Vimeo Enabled!!

  272. January 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Wow this is great. Industrial looks like a great template!

  273. Jonathan Roth

    January 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Gutenberg – like the look of the photo album. Great site!

  274. murat

    January 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    prestige is my favorite: clean, minimalist, and great picture size that wow the viewer!

  275. Matt S.

    January 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I have to say I like the Idealist! Its nice clean and simple.

  276. January 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    The Prestige is my fave too. Nice that they have Vimeo-enabled templates. I’ve been looking around to find a service that takes into consideration the more-and-more-often-used video on the DSLRs.

    Pick me!! :)

  277. January 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Really like the Essential Theme. Looks great with the dark layout. Clean, simple, easy to navigate.

  278. russell

    January 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Twain for me…. as in Kipling’s “never the twain shall meet”

  279. Joe

    January 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Digging distinction.

  280. January 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    i like the template. very clean, very minimalist and the menus below the image…image first baby

  281. Nate Vestal

    January 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Talk about timing, was actually supposed to be working on my web site, when I came to yours. The Craftsman, in the dark color, is my fav.


  282. Mark

    January 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Industrial for me…

  283. Patrice Carlton

    January 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I like distinction or Roughcut. One of my New Years resolutions is to get a website going .
    Pick me ;-) !!!

  284. January 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Well, the “trellis” design would be perfect for my business. Wish me luck and thanks for this occasion!

  285. January 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I like the Light version of Trend Setter.

  286. January 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Industrial, the “light” side. Not the first time I’ve checked out this site. I checked it out when I read Vision Mongers, so of course I was more than thrilled when I saw this opportunity.

  287. January 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    ps, so the link attached to my name is wrong, any chance in fixing that?

  288. January 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I like the Rough Cut template.

  289. Parham Mokhtari

    January 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Classic, in dark… clean and simple with a focus on the photographs.

  290. Beth

    January 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I like Clarity a lot. Nice site designs.

  291. January 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I like the Gutenberg It is more artsy and closer to my style…

  292. January 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I like Prestige best and prefer dark borders. Also, all of the sample websites have awesome photography!

  293. January 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Clarity is clean, clear, and concise. Peace!

  294. January 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    i like the idealist vimeo enabled….

    i’ve been meanging to get livebooks for the longest. but im a student and funds are quite low….

    hope for the best

  295. Simon medisch

    January 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Batik looks pretty cool.

  296. Nic Kuetemeyer

    January 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I love the Advance template. Its great to have a slideshow right off the bat.

  297. January 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I very much liked “Industrial.” I would certainly like to try the revered LiveBooks.


  298. Jennifer Rutledge

    January 6, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I’d have to go with “purist” – great site and opportunity.
    Thanks Dave, best wishes

  299. January 6, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks for this opportunity! Purist is my choice.

  300. January 6, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Tough choice. Initially I’m leaning towards Distinction or Spring.

  301. January 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Clarity is the best!

  302. Arthur

    January 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I like the Distinction Model.

  303. Tex Schneider

    January 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    With 60 pre-designed sites to choose from, it seems to be a well furnished buffet with dessert and after dinner drink included.

  304. Kris Dietrich

    January 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Cool site, great info.
    My favorite would have to be Twain theme.

  305. January 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I like the clean look of many of the templates. My favorite is Trend-setter in dark.

  306. Carl Beihl

    January 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I like the custom design of the Doug Menuez site. His portfolios are so diverse and so alive, the motif and organization bring it all to life. It’s active and vibrant. [As is his work.]

  307. January 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Purist Light is my my favorite. simple. easy.

  308. January 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Industrial is looking mighty nice.

  309. GKB

    January 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Industrial, all the way.

  310. January 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation. I like the Matte design. It’s clean yet classy.

  311. Nikki

    January 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Rough Cut looks very cool.

  312. January 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Rough Cut – Vimeo Enabled
    Looks to be just the thing for me. Cheers…
    Thansk David!

  313. January 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I really like the first few, but I’ll go with Idealist – Vimeo Enabled.


  314. Parnell

    January 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    The templates seem simplistic enough with the prestige suiting a bold style but I can see why they drew you in. The variety of styles and customisation is surprising. There are great options that aren’t on a lot of other providers.

  315. Nicole

    January 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I love Scripture and Rough Cut – the font and colours really draw me in.

  316. Aaron Martin

    January 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I am a big fan of Industrial – Dark… simple yet effective!

  317. January 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    The industrial template is really cool!

  318. January 6, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Cool contest, David. I hope I win. :-)

    I like the Industrial – Vimeo enabled template.

  319. January 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Distinction. Though it was hard to narrow it down. They’re really great. I’d be proud! Rough Cut was my second favorite.

  320. Marcin Matyszewski

    January 7, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I like Industrial.

  321. January 7, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I really like Upper Left template.

  322. January 7, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Love trend-setter! ;-)

  323. January 7, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I’m a big fan of the Industrial template.

  324. January 7, 2011 at 1:07 am

    wow, they all look awesome. i prefer dark themes… leaning toward idealist, then industrial, then prestige. ;)

  325. January 7, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Clarity is clean and functional, my favorit!

  326. January 7, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Hi David,
    What a great idea!
    If I were to be so lucky, I’d go for Idealist. Very clean.

  327. January 7, 2011 at 2:20 am

    Boy oh boy; did you put me into a candystore! To much to make up a choice. However the dark version of template Clarity was jawdropping beautiful

  328. Emiliano Bernardini

    January 7, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I think that Trellis light would be gorgeous for my soon-to-be-released portfolio website.


  329. January 7, 2011 at 3:49 am

    I’m an Industrial fan, although plenty of other great designs…

  330. January 7, 2011 at 4:10 am

    I really think Industrial dark fits my work best, as my abandoned interiors are generally dark yet very colorful and saturated.

  331. January 7, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Clarity as well, clean and simple.

  332. January 7, 2011 at 4:46 am

    I like prestige with the medium template.

  333. Ryszard

    January 7, 2011 at 4:47 am

    I prefere METRO. It is nice layout But it is very nice idea to give so many possibilitties.

  334. January 7, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I like the Prestige site.

  335. David K Headley

    January 7, 2011 at 5:00 am

    I like the Distinction (dark) template. Just with they’d also use more portrait oriented examples and show you a simulation of the iPad version of each.

  336. tj merryweather

    January 7, 2011 at 5:17 am

    the metro for me!

  337. January 7, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Purist and Industrial are the designs I am drawn to. The images are the main focus and I really like the type across the bottom.
    Have a great day!

  338. January 7, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Thank you David for your generous offer!

    All of the livebooks designs are really nice. What I like is that they have something for everyone.

    Personally I am fond of the Rough Cut with a light color palette. It has both masculine and feminine qualities that I believe all of my potential clients would appreciate.

  339. Linzi

    January 7, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Thank you for the intro to LiveBooks! They have great pricing, I wasn’t aware of them before. I’ve had a good look through and I like Scripture the best in medium colours, professional but bright and with a slight quirkiness.

  340. January 7, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Boy, it’s hard to choose! So many great designs, but I think my favourite for my work would be the Batik. It’s got an ethnic feel to it, and I think the work I am doing these days would be best suited to that design.

  341. Hans Boiten

    January 7, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Industrial for me… Very clean!

  342. Lisa Brockman

    January 7, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Industrial: Mimalist – Clean -Bold. Images are center stage with no distractions.

  343. January 7, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I already have a Livebooks site. I couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve been happy with it since it’s been up. But I’ll take the free year if I win the draw. http://www.genelowinger.com Check it out.

  344. sarah

    January 7, 2011 at 6:59 am

    My choice is Essential.
    Thanks for the connection to LiveBooks, it was a discovery for me. Great product.

  345. January 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Wow, it’s tough to just pick one so I’ll give you three:
    Graphite (Dark)

    What a great product. If I ever start to make money on photography, this is going to be my first investment.

    Thanks David!

  346. Ron Beaubien

    January 7, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I have always liked their Gutenberg website with a warm color palette. We may be living in a digital world, but I still love paper.

  347. January 7, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Trend-setter light is exactly what I’ve been looking for!

  348. Ben

    January 7, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I like the industrial theme – nothing to distract from the photographs.

  349. tomas sardinha

    January 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Metro would be a great gift for a friend who has been doing social documnetary ,and my inspiration for giving me a clearer view of the world through photography!!

  350. January 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Well, after the first “edit” I like the Trendsetter w/ Vimeo, Scripture, and Justified styles…

    But again…that is the rough edit only…

  351. euro-mac

    January 7, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I love Clarity! Especially in the Dark theme. The work is highlighted very well, with the minimal, clean lines. After viewing the demo, I can say this theme is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks for brining this site to everyone’s attention.

  352. lulu

    January 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I really like “Perfectionist”

  353. January 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

    ‘Industrial” is my idea of complete and simple. Definitely the way to go :)

  354. January 7, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Personally I like Idealist (vimeo enabled for function, but regular for looks). Personally I like the medium gray look for a photography website. By going with a gray background the viewer is allowed to enjoy your images without competing with background for attention. (Your eye always goes to the brightest or darkest color it see so taking that factor out helps a lot I feel). Plus l like the font of Idealist the best! (suits my personality more).

    Also, I love how fast Livebooks is as well! Pictures load so fast! Its awesome!

    Thanks for giving us a chance to enjoy it for a year!

  355. Andreas

    January 7, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I like “Granite” best.

  356. Mark Larsen

    January 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I like the clean uncluttered look of “Prestige”

  357. January 7, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Industrial for me. Clean, simple, crisp. Crossing my fingers.

  358. Al Rowell

    January 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Interesting concept. All look good.

  359. January 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I like the Prestige – Vimeo Enabled

  360. Richard

    January 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I like trend-setter. Thanks David!

  361. January 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    My favorite is the Essential. I like the clean page with large images and the thumbnails at the bottom.

  362. January 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Dark Clarity with Vimeo is saweet!

  363. Megan Lorenz

    January 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Love the industrial! You asked for one and they gave you three?! Now that’s a company to do business with.

  364. January 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Another vote for Clarity. I love it!!!!

  365. January 7, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Hi David!

    I like the scripture design with a few color changes to work with my branding. Thanks for putting out this lovely opportunity. :)

    Take care!

  366. peter berg

    January 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Loft for me !
    peter berg

  367. January 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I like the metro template in the dark color palette.

  368. Josh

    January 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I like the Industrial

  369. Jason Groepper

    January 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, so much good to say. First it looks really easy for someone like me who doesn’t know squat about designing a website to create an amazing site. Also $10 to add a blog and $10 for video, seems like a reasonable add on fee. Extensive list of client examples and a cheaper version for students and teachers, what’s not to like.

  370. January 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Hi David,

    Classic (Dark) with a WordPress companion blog would definitely take me to the next level! I have had a LiveBooks edu site that has been great, but I would love to have a custom logo and a link to a blog. I hope to join the IGVP soon…that’s where my heart is!

    Take care,


  371. mike

    January 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I like modernist, but I like the big buttons like on your site. they are much more intuitive. Except, I would like them to be arrows instead of your plus and minus signs

  372. January 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Hi David,

    Classic (Dark) with a WordPress companion blog would definitely take me to the next level! I have a LiveBooks edu site that has been great, but I would love to have a custom logo and a link to a blog. I will be joining the IGVP soon…that’s where my heart is!

    Take care,

    Scott M. Bennett

  373. January 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    This is perfect timing, as I’m in the process of updating my portrait site.

    I’ve narrowed it down to two – Invite and StoreFront. Love ‘em both!

  374. Terence F

    January 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    “prestige” has a great, clean look that will make my photos pop on just about any monitor or screen

  375. January 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    So many times I follow links to photo websites to find that either they just never load properly or else are so slow that I can’t be bothered. The examples of livebooks I just looked at *all* worked beautifully and were just about fast enough to load to keep me paying attention (only just – the loading bars helped). Once loaded, the websites seem quite fast. So speed and operability – those are the two best features. The rest is just a matter of personal preference…

  376. Stephen Maw

    January 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    For me it would be the clean look of Distinction

  377. Owen Schebella

    January 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Champion effort once again David D!

    I love the ‘Industrial’ one. Zen-like :D

  378. Genod55

    January 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I appreciate Twain (warm); functionally simple.

  379. Anika

    January 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I like the Store Front (Light), Upper Left (Light) and Perfectionist (Light). Nice and bright.

  380. January 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I really like the “Store Front” template, it has a modern and interesting feel. I also really dig Robert Beck and Doug Mirandas sites too. If my photography ever brings in a buck rather then me just shelling out for the hobby, maybe I’ll have a liveBooks site too!

  381. January 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Really like the Trend-setter theme (Dark), though there are so many another designs that look great as well. LIVEBOOKS has certainly taken photography websites to a new level.

  382. January 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks for this opportunity…Landscape (Dark) – Vimeo Enabled would suit me fine.

  383. brotherjoe

    January 8, 2011 at 12:26 am

    industrial looks sweet….so many great designs

  384. January 8, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Almost impossible to choose a favourite, they all seem really well done. I’ll have to say that Landscape looks very good.

  385. Sam

    January 8, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Really like all of them, but I prefer the industrial template. Nice and clean. LIVEBOOKS seems to know what we want.

  386. David Rathbone

    January 8, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Clarity all the way! Thanks!

  387. bk

    January 8, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Gutenberg dark, without question — love it. Thanks for the oppotunity!

  388. January 8, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I was really drawn to the Modernist theme. Clean and simple, but with just enough difference to set it apart. Thanks for this opportunity!

  389. Jonathan Shimmons

    January 8, 2011 at 7:19 am

    In order of preference:
    1) Gutenberg Light
    2) Spring Medium
    3) Rough Cut Medium

  390. January 8, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I do really like Meghan Aileen.

  391. January 8, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Industrial – Vimeo Enabled gets my vote.

  392. January 8, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I really like the Industrial – light version (I suspect this is your design choice with customization but that’s not why I like it :-) I like this one for several reasons – clean, minimal, and easy to navigate. I also like Twain – bright version – for the same reasons. The themes don’t detract from the images juts a a picture frame or matte shouldn’t detract or compete with the image within.

  393. Alton Marsh

    January 8, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I like Idealist because, if I had that site, it would be the easiest one for reading my name. Selfish, I know.

  394. January 8, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I like the Trendsetter template. Matches what my blog colors are

  395. Camille

    January 8, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I like Batik in Warm. Love the colors!

  396. Mark King

    January 8, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I LOVE – Idealist (Medium)…..I have been looking at livebooks when I start my website.

  397. January 8, 2011 at 9:02 am

    For one who loves minimalism yet enjoys warmth & a personal touch, Scripture gets me with the gorgeous handwriting & soft colour background :)

  398. January 8, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I like the industrial theme. Looks very simple and professional. The name stands out very well too.

  399. KHL

    January 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I really like the Perfectionist in dark!

    Happy New Year!

  400. January 8, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I like TrendSetter because of the vimeo integration.

  401. MVR Photographic

    January 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Granite and Graphite both get my attention for clean looks with nice color accents.

  402. January 8, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Industrial. Nice and clean.

  403. January 8, 2011 at 11:03 am

    It wouldnhave to be clarity for me, sleek, simple and direct to the point; the design is so good you only see the photographs…

  404. January 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Clarity is nice. Thanks for the giveaway David!

  405. Stefano Prezioso

    January 8, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I am a big fan of the dark Industrial template. It’d be very nice to have. :)

  406. Paul Judkins

    January 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I like the Trend setter design great for images…

  407. January 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Twain floats my boat!

  408. January 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I have been looking to add another portfolio site to our household for my husband’s street photography. He works mostly in black and white, and the Distinction and Drafter designs are great. We’ve looked around a lot at other competitive companies and found the hosting charges at Livebooks to be the most affordable in an outright purchase, or the monthly charges to be appropriate if photography is not your main source of income, or you’re just starting out. Having a monthly option makes the LiveBooks model the most flexible for any number of reasons.

  409. January 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I like Distinction. Nice and simple. So nice of livebooks to give them away! :c)

  410. January 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I like the lite “Landscape” in dark.
    It’s simple, nice&clearly.

    Perfect for pictures.

  411. Frank

    January 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Clarity does it for me.

  412. January 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I am on my first month with LiveBooks. I am using the theme Trellis (Dark). I am out of work, and an entire year free would really help me out.

  413. January 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I like Essential Light. The fonts are what i’d like to use and I like the way the thumbnails go across the bottom of the main image.

    I just like the overall clean design. Thanks for reading.

  414. Victor Ramos

    January 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I like the Prestige-Vimeo Enabled. Not only do you get the sideshow homepage but you also get the multi-video page. which I can use for my time-laps.

  415. Gianluca Paolazzi

    January 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I really like “Rough Cut” a page full filled with the photo, that is what matter more for me

  416. January 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks for telling us about Livebooks. I like Prestige the best

  417. January 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    After looking through the 60 or so pre-designs, I had to go back to the first one, Idealist. Simple, clean, easy to navigate, let’s the work speak for itself while still being slick + classy. I’d have to rock the white / bright color pallet first, and maybe switch to a black scheme later on for a change. ;)

  418. Eric Knepper

    January 8, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Industrial’s pretty straight-forward and intuitive – I’m not a fan of the hiding/switching sides for thumbnails and portfolio links.

  419. Marco

    January 9, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Distinction for me.

  420. January 9, 2011 at 1:08 am

    So very nice of you and Livebooks. ;)

  421. January 9, 2011 at 3:37 am

    love the soho. great giveaway. thanks!

  422. Sam

    January 9, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Well, for me it’s Distinction for it’s simplicity and the fly-in thumbnails. But I’m torn between the light colour scheme (redolent of my current site) or the very contrasty dark colour scheme. Dark’s really compelling.
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  423. January 9, 2011 at 4:21 am

    I was attracted by the photographs of a young photographer whose name is Jack Flame Sorokin. His gallery of black and white portraits are absolutely intimate and depicts the inner personality of the subject. I’ve never seen such level of detail in a portrait. I wish I could receive classes by this young man. His art is special and expresses inner feeling in a unique kind of way. I really loved his work.

    Thank you for this link and for your generous gesture of a free suscription to this great photography site.

    Omar Upegui R.
    Panama, Republic of Panama

  424. January 9, 2011 at 5:50 am

    I love the Noteworthy with the dark color palette! Simple and organized; what more would I need?:)
    Thanks for the great offer btw! The site is great!

  425. January 9, 2011 at 6:17 am

    The selection of a template is such a personal thing because it depends so much on your vision as a person and your vision for your business. I like the templates that allow you to see what is “coming next”; such as Essential, Perfectionist, Trend-Setter, and Gutenberg.

    Your book inspired me to take photos again. I have a “world” of opportunities since I work for the Department of State.

    Thanks for sharing your vision!

  426. Kit

    January 9, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I am see-sawing between Prestige and Industrial. Both really make you focus on the soul of your site: your photos.

  427. January 9, 2011 at 7:02 am

    clarity the way to go

  428. January 9, 2011 at 7:32 am

    David, I am digging the Industrial Dark theme.

  429. shaker

    January 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I like the fact that you can create custom designed websites.

  430. January 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Industrial – light. It shows off the image beautifully, devoting lots of space to the picture and uses a nice subtle layout and a modern, yet pleasing typeface for links to the rest of your work.

  431. January 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Soho Light looks the best to me!


  432. January 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Distinction – my favorite!

  433. January 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Classic dark, focus on the photo w/o distractions.

  434. January 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Love the “Industrial – Vimeo Enabled” site. Clean, sleak and simple. Also think video embedding is a must have. You’re right David, the prices are much better than when i last looked.

  435. January 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I love the trend-setter. Cheers!

  436. Andre J

    January 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Industrial for me, thanks David.

  437. FLiX

    January 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I like clarity … it’s simple and clean. Thanks for the offer!

  438. hannah

    January 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I would like to put my own stamp on passport.
    Passport allows photography to spolighted with style and one’s own signature.Thank you for the offer.Ta ta

  439. Neal Lippman

    January 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I kinda like “Noteworthy.”

  440. richard

    January 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Clear to me that its Clarity. Fingers crossed.

  441. January 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    What a great way to be introduced to your blog. Big fan of your books.
    Prestige with vimeo enabled. Can’t fall behind on the importance multi media in our rapidly evolving industry.

  442. Brian Powell

    January 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Got be “idealist”. Thanks for all the great advise and words. Good luck on your upcoming trip and if you are in THAT rig, you gotta take ‘er on the CAMINO DEL DIABLO along the Arizona/Sonora, Mexico border.

  443. January 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    David, your timing is impeccable. Looking for a solution and livebooks.com is the answer. Tough deciding but I think Rough Cut works best for me. I like the capacity to add video but focus on the photography first. Keep the good advice coming.

  444. Jim

    January 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Very very cool. I hadn’t looked at Livebooks for a while. I’m very impressed with what they’ve done, so impressed that I’ve decided to move my site to Livebooks. It will be much easier to manage and administer. I also received a call from somebody at Livebooks asking if they could help, awesome! The iphone/ipad HTML sites are a bonus.

    I’m using the trend-setter template because it is similar to my current site. Very excited.

  445. Rebecca

    January 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Clarity is my fav – but i think they all look pretty good :) Thanks David

  446. January 9, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I like Kiyoshi Togashi’s template. Very simple and very strong. Black and whites should be fantastic on that template! great site David, thanks for introducing this

  447. January 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Clarity – has given me Clarity that I need a new website. Sleek & Clean look , love – it.

  448. January 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Thanks David for sharing this website. . . what a great way to start off the new year, to offer a new website presence for someone. :D
    Love these templates for their simple professionalism, the one that spoke out to me the most was Spring.

  449. January 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I like the Twain template.

  450. January 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Greenwich. Have a great year, David. You’re an inspiration?

  451. January 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    No. That was not a question. I just have big thumbs. You are an inspiration!

  452. January 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I like the Industrial site!

  453. January 9, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you, David & Livebooks, for this opportunity :)

    I really like Landscape, in Medium color.

  454. January 10, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Perfectionist in a medium or dark looks good, but I also like Rough Cut in medium!

  455. January 10, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Scripture in Dark looks great

  456. Traian

    January 10, 2011 at 4:59 am

    It’s so refreshing to see a collection of flash designs that are the total opposite of flashy. Personally, I like the Rough Cut and Trellis templates in the Illustrated&Graphic style, they seem to allocate a lot of room for displaying the photos.

  457. January 10, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Distinction Dark for me. Thanks, David and liveBooks, for the opportunity .

  458. January 10, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Lots of cooments already :-)

    Love the Lou Manna…clear and simple works for me.



  459. Mikem

    January 10, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I like spring medium. It adds its own style to presentation but doesn’t distract from the main content.

  460. CJ Kennedy

    January 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Wow – David. It is very impressive – what a great venue for showcasing our craft! I love the choices, the ease of use, the variety of showcases from other artists such as Chase Jarvis. I love the impressive display size and ease of editing – a great combination. I couldn’t choose just one – it got me itching to get started. I love that you can do both still and motion as well as using their tools to uniquely design and present work. I have been looking at various sites to showcase my work as I move into the vocational arena. Thanks to you, I just may have found it!

    – C.J.

  461. January 10, 2011 at 11:59 am


    I think Industrial with Vimeo enabled is my fav because I like light minimalistic designs.

  462. January 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Clarity is m’y favorite.

  463. January 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    It’s not easy to choose but I believe I’d choose Distinction for it’s simplicity.

  464. Nick

    January 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    My favorite is Rough Cut in dark. as I feel it fits my style of photography the best. Man this would be great as my goal this summer is to set up my own site after graduating in may.

  465. Rudy Roth

    January 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    My favourite is Trend-setter medium

  466. Chris Mah

    January 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I like the Industrial – Vimeo Enabled. It has a nice clean look to it.

  467. January 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Metro is nice, as that would be my pick!

  468. January 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I like Rough Cut. I can’t see how you can do an estore with them though, can you sell stuff and how do they process it or send you the info?

  469. Tim

    January 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Industrial for me – vimeo enabled as that’s how I came to photography.

  470. Yaz

    January 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Essential is essential for me…

  471. Liz Barrett

    January 10, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I love Greenwich – Hoover is also a delight – I like the dark versions as the photographs really stand out. Great site – thanks

  472. Eduardo Mendoza

    January 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Really hard to choose, a bunch of beautiful themes, for me the Classic and Landscape have nice punch in dark versions!! Greetings

  473. January 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I like the one that Chase Jarvis uses most effectively!

  474. January 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Hay David,
    It is worth trying…
    I like the “Rough Cut” template!


  475. Michael Cook

    January 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    First of all thanks for the oppurtunity!
    Second of all i really like the ‘granite’ design.

  476. January 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I like the clean style of “essential”
    I used to like a darker site, but I really like the white background these days.

  477. January 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I prefer the Distinction template in medium gray colour palette. The clean, simple design and large photo’s against a medium gray background really sets off the photos nicely. The thumbnail drawer to the right of frame is a nice feature too.

  478. January 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Trend Setter , Industrial looks appealing! Nice Work There Mate!

    I am personally using Pixpa as my Portfolio Builder, i like Livebooks but it doesn’t suit my pocket and Pixpa gives everything i want at a reasonable price.

  479. ronwyn

    January 11, 2011 at 1:37 am

    “Scripture” is my favourite….elegant simplicity with a touch of class.

  480. Michelle

    January 11, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Trend Setter is my favourite! Clean, modern, what more could you ask for!

  481. Brian

    January 11, 2011 at 5:02 am

    The dark Prestige template is perfect. It’s simple, clean, and engaging dark — just fantastic.

  482. Rob

    January 11, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Clarity (which is exactly what my portfolio needs).
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  483. January 11, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I like the simple sophisticated look of Justified

  484. Massimo

    January 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

    one more for Prestige.

  485. January 11, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I like slate in the cool color scheme. Just a little bit of style and color. Not too much.

  486. January 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Hi David,

    I loved the look and feel of both Gutenberg and Spring.

    Part of my goals for 2011 are a new website and blog.

  487. January 11, 2011 at 9:26 am


    My two favorites are the Purist and the Perfectionist Light Color on both. Very simple and clean. Thanks David–Love your work!

  488. Eivind Birkedal

    January 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Hardline Lions wonderful and minimal, focus on content

  489. January 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Industrial sure is nice. Vimeo included of course.

  490. January 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I like the Granite – medium.

  491. January 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I’m a fan of the Idealist, vimeo enabled. JUst love the simplicity of it all.

  492. Philip T.

    January 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Nice! I prefer the simplicity of Twain.

  493. January 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I have wanted a Livebooks site for a long time. They have some great designs and the fact that they support the iPad is necessary.

    For my needs the Purist design with the bottom thumbnails, interactive homepage and the dark theme would be perfect.

  494. January 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Distinction Light is exactly what I need!

  495. Scott Stufflebeam

    January 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I would have to go with landscape, because it shows your pictures at large and it is clean with not that many distractions

  496. Walter

    January 12, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Hi David,
    Thanks for the prompt to play around on the livebooks site — very cool stuff! Tough call, but I think I like Soho light best.

  497. ber

    January 12, 2011 at 8:04 am

    David; I’m a fan of your work and livebooks is like a dream to have. Landscape would be perfectly nsync with my vision and asthetic as a photographer here in South East Asia. I hope its not too late to say happy New Year

  498. Andrew

    January 12, 2011 at 10:03 am

    love the Distinction (Vimeo Enabled) version.

  499. January 12, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I like Rough Cut – Light.

  500. January 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I just about gotten my zenfolio based site up to where I wanted it to be. Anyone done a comparison between zenfolio and liveBooks?

  501. January 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I like the overall professional look of the website option and all the custom stuff. Thanks for the opportunity.


  502. January 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Ohhh…let’s see…I like the simplicity of Twain.

  503. January 12, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Hmmm…too many choices…but I like Graphite in Dark. With ot without vimeo? Good question!

  504. January 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    For me Prestige looks nice.

  505. January 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for the offer – my pictures would like Perfectionist – Vimeo Enabled.

  506. January 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    If I had to choose one… Gutenberg

  507. January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    And I’ll say it again: distinction. :c)

  508. January 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Pasport. Simple with a bit of background. Appreciate the opportunity to look through!

  509. January 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Oh my! these are wonderful. Pasport, graphite, rough cut. so many choices! The more I start to pay attention the more I realized a good portion of the photographers I admire are using LIVEBOOKS.

  510. January 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Light Clarity is my pick

  511. January 13, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I love Gutenberg! It would be perfect for the blog and site all about our aid work in Niger. Oooh ooh pick me!!! I have no time or skills to design my own!

  512. January 13, 2011 at 4:11 am

    I love the lay-out of the light essential template! It is minimal, modern but most of all it gives room to what its all about: clean pictures! No fuzz, no extra’s just a clean interface with clean pictures, love it!

  513. Ron

    January 13, 2011 at 4:38 am

    I like Landscape [Vimeo enabled] … all designs are worthy of praise, however … thanks, David, for all that you do to inspire and educate … ron

  514. January 13, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I’m digging Industrial even though all of them look great.

  515. January 13, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I think Clarity looks very good.

  516. January 13, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I have to agree that Clarity looks very nice. Simple and clean is always the best, IMO.

  517. January 13, 2011 at 7:24 am

    Industrial for sure!

  518. January 13, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Gutenburg or Metro suits my image style the best. And it’s about time I updated my site, to kickstart a great image as start that first step into professional shooting.

  519. kia

    January 13, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Industrial or granite. This really is a nice site/business.

  520. January 13, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I like Industrial the best. The typeface is similar to the Revolver font from the Beatles vinyl album. That really caught my eye and I like the way the site looks overall!

  521. January 13, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I like Industrial – Vimeo Enabled the most. Nice layout and lots of options.

  522. January 13, 2011 at 7:37 am

    It was tough to choose which one I like the best, but I think Graphite won out in the end. I love how they’re iPad/mobile enabled sites.

  523. Michael Kells

    January 13, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Love the flexibility, SEO, Vimeo integration, would take me to the next level. Simple and clean for me, nothing to distract. David, enjoyed your books the were very inspirational and helpful.

  524. January 13, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I really like Idealist with the “dark” color scheme.

  525. Joel

    January 13, 2011 at 7:56 am

    So many good stuff. If I had to choose one, it would have to be Batik. I like the hint of a background that doesn’t overwhelm everything else.

  526. January 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I like Rough Cut (dark) , though I know I’d have to fiddle around with a couple to make a decision. Thanks for the opportunity, David, and big thanks to Livebooks!

  527. January 13, 2011 at 8:08 am

    the INDUSTRIAL is my style….

  528. January 13, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I really like the Industrial Style… really nice.

  529. Eric Albert

    January 13, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Prestige is a keeper for me. Hands down. Love the simplicity.

  530. January 13, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Prestege Vimeo enabled.. Looks great for my photography businees..nice clean lines

  531. Chris

    January 13, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I like prestige best, it’s minimalist and attractive.

  532. January 13, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I like the off-centre look of Scripture.

  533. January 13, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for the contest! I like the Rough Cut (dark) the best. Has my kind of feel to it.

  534. January 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

    There are thousand of posibilities with the predesigned and custom designs.
    Ipod and Ipad compatibility.
    Wordpress blog.
    There aren’t any kind of ad in the web, no one knows if this is a liveBooks website or an self designed.

  535. January 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

    A LiveBook site would be so awesome right now! I’m loving the Justified and the Rough Cuts themes.

  536. January 13, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Distinction… clean and no distractions! Overall I find all of livebooks website designs to be well thought out and would really enhance any photographers online presence.

  537. Justin Fowler

    January 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I like the Invite template, fits my modern style the best I think.

  538. January 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

    My top picks are Gutenberg, Batik & Passport, all in the light theme. Pushed to choose one, I’d probably go with Batik, as I suspect there are a lot of websites out there using Gutenberg.

  539. January 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I dig how the images are large and the templates are clean. Very well thought out and professional.

  540. January 13, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I already use LiveBooks, and I love them. My favorite is Graphite. I had originally signed up for a trial period at PhotoShelter, but then I switched to LiveBooks because it was so much more intuitive, sleek and easy to update.

  541. January 13, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I liked Frame 36 from the Student / Educators section … of course, not all of us fit into this category.

    From the general category, I’m a big fan of Clarity and Prestige. I think they both offer a great front visual, easy but thorough navigation.

  542. January 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I like New Roll – Dark.
    I’ve liked the livebooks idea for awhile, not sure I’d sell here but would love it for a home page.

  543. January 13, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I prefer the Rough Cut – Vimeo enabled template. In a sea of what seems to be clean, linear sites, the rough edges helps grab your attention… Gives a sense of movement that pulls your eye in.

  544. January 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Idealist – Vimeo Enabled

  545. Patrick

    January 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I really like Purist and Idealist.

  546. Ina

    January 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Spring and Industrial are greatformy work!!!!

  547. January 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I LOVE roughcut and industrial best! Looking to start my photography business officially in the summer of 2011 this would be awesome!

  548. January 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Clarity. Clean and easy. Clarity.

  549. January 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Industrial. Clear, direct, and ceanly photographic. Thanks David.

  550. January 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Hi! I’m archie from manila, philippines. IF i where to build a new website the METRO design would be the perfect transition. the color palette “medium” would give more emphasis to my photographs. as it is describe it is straightforward and has a newspaper feel, great for writing articles.

  551. Daryl

    January 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Prestige Medium – looks awesome on iPad too!

  552. January 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Nice to go back and take a look at these sites again. Out of the box I like Essential; minimal, my kind of navigation, good typography and works in either light or dark.

    If I had the budget to customise though, I would start with Hardline, make some type changes and clean it up a little. There’s something urban in that design that I really like.

  553. Sean

    January 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I like Hardline and Essential.

  554. DJC

    January 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    571st to respond…Drafter/Dark would be my choice.

  555. January 13, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Hi David
    WELL!! I went into a bit of a tizz looking at this site. Particularily because it represented me going back and looking at every single photographer they used as examples at a later date… I now have a date with a tonne of websites :)

    I have been to their site before as (of course) I wanted to know who Chase Jarvis used. Two sites that stood out to me were the Art Wolfe site and D17 design. Its funny how you go through internal trends with what attracts you , but usually I dig clean white stages for images.

    Its not super common for a company to provide so well for image based websites. But good to know someone cares/is professional about providing photographers “sunday best” sites for images.

    Ive got all my images ready to go …. Would love to start a new year with this awesome opportunity.

    All the best
    Nat Thompson
    The Lightlover

  556. Amy Kim

    January 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Hi David,
    I liked the template called “industrial”. Just my style. After ten or more years of administrative jobs and graduate shcool, I decided that there is nothing more I am able and am willing to do than video and photography work. I’ve been reading Visoin Mongers this week and today just read your section about blog management. Last year, I set a personal goal for myself to have my webstite launched by Feb 1st, 2011 and have been working on it. I am using a web service called
    square space

  557. Amy Kim

    January 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Hi David,
    I liked the template called “industrial”. Just my style. After ten or more years of administrative jobs and graduate shcool, I decided that there is nothing more I am able and am willing to do than video and photography work. I’ve been reading Vision Mongers this week and today just read your section about blog management. Last year, I set a personal goal for myself to have my webstite launched by Feb 1st, 2011 and have been working on it. I’ve signed up for a web service called Square Space just yesterday,
    but liked that Live Books had video galellery features. Anyway, I think I can really benefit from this giveaway.


    P.S. If someone can delete my previous posting here please… My finger slipped and posted an unfinished comment.

  558. January 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I really like the Rough Cut template…I think it suits my style and it’s a beautiful design. I am desperate for a new website. I made my current site from scratch in Dreamweaver and it is really sub-par…so I hope I win the Livebooks site!

  559. Mehrad

    January 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    my fave would have to be the “Advance”

    David it was great meeting you at Vanarts today!! your speech was amazing.

  560. January 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    idealist is nice and clean

  561. Ashley Notley

    January 13, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I love the simplicity of “Metro”.
    Its straightforward and simple to navigate through the images.

  562. January 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks David.

    I like the Idealist

  563. Clare

    January 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    I love ‘Rough Cut’ – quite minimal but also shows some style! Thank you for the giveaway!