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Apps to Turn Your Smartphone Photos and Videos into Storybooks

Pictures and videos are great for sharing your travels and activities but they only capture snippets of time and don’t really tell the whole story. An increasing number of storytelling apps, however, can help thoroughly document, preserve, and share just about any event. Here are three of the best:

Steller lets you upload photos and videos and type in text to create a mobile storybook experience – and can all be done on an iPhone. You can edit your stories before publishing them and then share on social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Readers flip through photos, videos, and text pages as if reading an e-book. The app is free for iOS.

Storehouse also allows users to import photos and videos from sources like an iPhone’s Camera Roll or other places like Instagram, Flickr, Dropbox, and Lightroom. You can’t add text to individual photos like with Steller, but it has more design options The app is free for iOS.

Android users should consider Storyo. The customizable app makes chronicling life easy by automatically searching your photos for set times or locations. Storyo also quickly combines video from the Internet along with maps, and titles to create stories that can then be shared with others. The app is free.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.