(Closed) Best photo book vendor

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Hi everyone,

 

I would love to know as well! I’ve seen varying quality between the photobooks and I’m curious as to which company has the best product available. Some of them print such grainy images.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I have used picaboo, which came out great but a little pricey.  A friend used mypublisher, and the book came out amazing, but again, pricey.  So now I am making one on Blurb.  They seem to be cheaper than the rest, and makes the same kind of books.  I won’t be finished with it for a little while so I can’t tell you how it comes out!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I too am working on one through Blurb.  So far, the program is pretty user friendly but runs slow and bogs the computer down.  I think it was Mypublisher (correct me if I’m wrong) that had a feature where you could enhance photos in the program, and I miss that feature in Blurb!  I’ve never ordered a book through Mypublisher though cause their server kept timing out when trying to upload and patience is not a virtue for me.  I’ll be ordering from Blurb this week, but when it comes in I’ll come back and let you know!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
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i think i’m super duper picky..i’ve been testing out albums too.

shutterfly: cheapest album (i think) and quality is so-so.  i thought the images printed out a little darker than they were really

mypublisher: pricey and i was really disappointed by the graininess.  and the pictures i printed were professional too, so they definitely weren’t grainy.  

not sure what company, but i printed an album through apple’s iphoto: this was by far the most expensive and the quality was the best of the three, but if you ask me, it still could’ve been better~!

i was going to try blurb next.. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Creative Memories. I didn’t even know they did photobooks until this past summer. But I think they are the most reasonable and I’ve seen the finished product. Pictures are not grainy (even after enlarging) and the paper the book is printed on is good quality. Not thin and binding is nice also.

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I ordered books of our engagement pictures for Christmas from MyPublisher, and I think they look amazing. On the blown-up pictures, you can see incredible detail. Then again, we were working with very high-resolution pictures from our professional photographer.

If you look for coupons, it definitely helps the price aspect. We had a buy 1 get 1 free of the same album. Perfect for two mothers!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We just got our Blurb book!  It is GORGEOUS!  The colors are fabulous.  There is a little bit of graininess but I think its because our book is so BIG (it’s 13×11).  The price of course was fantastic.  Less than $60 for a 40 page book.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2007 - Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook IL

I <3 Mypublisher. I made one with our engagement pics to use as a guestbook, and I just got our wedding album. We ordered the Deluxe 11 x 15, and it is HUGE! The only slightly bad thing is that there aren’t too many layout options, and you can only have a max of 100 pages. I didn’t figure this out until I got to page 100, and still had about 30 pictures to include. So I had to go back, and shift things around, remove certain pics, edit, etc. it was a pain in the butt and took forever… BUT, i was happy with the finished product. About 2 or 3 pictures came out slightly blurry, but I included over 400 pictures, so that wasn’t so bad.

Again, its not cheap. The album would have cost over $300, except I used the 40% coupon code (no longer valid), and so it came to about $200. I figured it was worth it for our wedding album. I am in the process of making smaller parent albums through MP (classic 11 x 9 size).

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2007

In trying to find the perfect book…

ofoto.com/kodakgallery.com – not bad – usually have coupons floating around – at least you have everything printed on kodak paper.  On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 3

shutterfly.com – probably the least favorite of them – majority of my pictures came out blurry, but they keep on sending me coupons for free books where I just pay for shipping (go to theknot.com or thenest.com for these free book coupons) I give this one a  2.5

mypublisher.com – so far, one of my favorites – they have a coupon where if you buy one book, you get the second one for free and the quality is pretty good.  So far, I like their hardcover books best from here.  I give this one a 4

 snapfish.com – I use this all the time to create random picture books of vacations for my friends and me, quality is pretty decent and I like being able to pick from their fun themes.  Price is pretty good and you can find some good discounts online.  I give this one a 3.5

Qoop.com – this one works with flickr so it was perfect getting an album set from them.  Be careful though – their photo albums come in packs so you can’t just order one, you may end up with a 4-pack, 3-pack or 2-pack.  Quality is pretty good, decent. 

 I’m still working on wedding photo books from blurb.com and mpix.com so I’ll give an update on that when I can.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2007

just an update – I really enjoyed working with blurb.com in creating my wedding planning book (from my blog) and then, working with mpix.com which is now my new favorite photo book for our honeymoon photo album.  I give blurb.com a 4 and I give mpix.com a 4.25 🙂

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I just received the guest book I made for my wedding from Shutterfly last week. I used Shutterfly because I had purchased an 8×8 photo book prepaid thingy on clearance at Target a few months ago, so it was really cheap for me to try it with my engagement pictures.

My main fears were that the larger pictures would turn out blurry and that they would be dark, but everything turned out just fine! I really like it, and I hope to make some for our family members in the future after our wedding. I wish there weren’t page numbers, though. :/

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I made a photobook of my sister’s wedding to give her as a Christmas present and I used Shutterly (since that’s what I use to order prints and it has all my photos).  It came out awesome.  I got the standard size (8×12 I think) and printed some of the photos full-page size and they all came out awesome.

It doesn’t offer that much in the way of customization (only a few pre-selected color schemes/themes and a variety of photo layouts), but it came out really good.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I have used:

Shutterfly: Good quality, easy to use. Reasonable Price.

Picaboo: Decent quality, Plenty of layouts to choose from. Lots of free  backgrounds, etc. Easy to use design software. Reasonable Price

PhotoInPress: Excellent quality, Super fast shipping, Easy to use design program, not easily customized.

Viovio: My Favorite!! Cheap, fully customizable (you design every inch including the cover), excellent quality. Many, many sizes and cover options to choose from. I wouldn’t recommend this if you don’t have software to design your pages (Basically you design your pages, and upload them as JPG files) and please, please make sure that your page designs are at least 300dpi resolution…otherwise, it will be grainy. Production time is longer (about 2 weeks), but for my photobooks, 2 weeks usually doesn’t make a difference.

I have also heard excellent reviews on Blurb, and I will probably use them for our wedding album because they have the largest hardcover album for a reasonable price.

 

 

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Apple makes great photo books though iphoto. They have several templates to choose from. Your hardcover book is even foil stamped and has a jacket. The quality is great and the price is reasonable, mine came out to about $1/page.

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