I just found out that there are plugins available for Aperture 3 to create (and maybe order) custom leather bound photo albums directly from Aperture. Some of the examples look stunning.
Unfortunately every single site is awful to visit so I have no desire to actually give them my money. They have auto-play videos and music. They have confusing menus. They require registration to see prices. They are doing everything to deter me from doing business with them.
I'd be curious if these approaches are working. They sell a premium product through a tool used by semi-geeks but have business practices from the 90's. I'd love to buy one as a gift or Heirloom and I'd like to use Aperture to design my own. But I'm not doing it.
They do look amazing though.