So, I went to my local used computer guy and bought a not-new laptop running Windows 7 so that I could run the Blurb book creation software. Not exactly state of the art, but it looks like it will do the job. Also picked up a $25 19-inch monitor today so that I can see what I'm doing.
After years of putting my photos on line on my blog and my web site I see that I have a lot to learn about producing images for print. It is a sobering experience, but not without reward. I've worked through most of the issues with Photoshop at this point. Now, I'm looking at learning some new things about layout and fonts, along with rethinking some ideas about why and how I make my images. It is nice to have a project to work with.