The best thing about Book Workshop(Sunburst Communications – ages 5-12) is that it’s so darn easy to use (in fact, the earlier version of the program was called “Easybook“). Like many similar programs, you start with a digital representation of a page, add text, add a picture, save the page, make another page, and so on. Then you can print the final product. Book Workshop makes the process extra simple. Fill in your name and the title of your opus, and the program will automatically create a cover, a title page, and even a fictional publishing company, eliminating several tedious steps. It’s as easy as one-two-three. Here’s the rub: making a book is a snap, but making one that looks good isn’t as easy. Book Workshop needs a major facelift in the sticker and background departments. It’s fine in the font department – there’s an enormous selection – but sticker choices are limited and the artwork itself is less than stunning. Frankly, it looks stale. With a little work, Book Workshop could be a worthwhile title.
– October 1996