(Closed) Blurb vs MyPublisher vs Shutterfly

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’ve never seen Blurb but I used both mypublisher and shutterfly for our wedding books. The picture quality in both is great as long as you are using good quality photos in them. I think choosing one depends on what you are looking for in your book. If you want a really nice padded leather cover and not too concerned about having more choices with backgrounds/layouts then mypublisher if for you. If you would rather have the flexibility of totally creating a one of a kind book with tons of options and choices then shutterfly will work. Shutterfly would be totally perfect for me if they added the padded leather cover to their options because that’s what most of us want in things like our wedding photobooks. The prices are nearly the same with both. Shutterfly usually has more sales and discounts and has really good turnaround time when it comes to making and shipping the books. In my opinion, mypublisher is good for making a really nice formal album with an awesome padded leather cover. Shutterfly is great for the books that you want to be fun and more personalized, we made cute mini books for our wedding party with a burgundy suede cover since that was our main wedding color. Mypublisher requires you to download the program so you’re limited to using it on the computer you installed it on but shutterfly is internet based so you can use it anywhere and you can create so many different things from the pics you upload to it. I prefer shutterfly to mypubisher because of that and it’s options. I only used mypublisher because of the wonderful leather cover they have. I hope that helps you out a little.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I used blurb for our wedding books, my one complaint is the pages are thin and show wear.  Blurb offers a heavier paper if your book is over a certain number of pages (I think).  I hear mypublisher uses paper that’s thicker and more durable paper.  

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just got some Blurb books in the mail this week that I made for my flowergirl and ring bearer.  I really love the quality and I got the premium paper, so I feel like it’s thick and durable enough.  I would love to see others in person, but I really enjoyed using Blurb and will probably use them again.  Here’s the books (or at least the first 15 pages): HERS and HIS

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I’m an avid user of SmileBooks (www.smilebooks.com)…you can usually find great coupons, I love their how user-friendly their layouts are, and the finished products are extremely high quality. Plus the shipping is super fast, I think we received ours in a matter of 5 days.

We can’t wait to set ours out as a guest book to sign!

 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall

I recently used Shutterfly to make a photobook for Mr. SR’s grandmother, and it turned out very nicely.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Shutterfly user here.  I make a big, hard cover 12×12 once a year as a recap and make little soft cover 5×7 ones for every vacation or trip. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Mpix! I know they aren’t on your list, but I’ve ordered from shutterfly, mypublisher, and mpix and there really was no comparison.  Mpix blew them out of the water with both quality and options.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hmm… I still have no idea which ones I want to use. I am thinking of making a book of my engagement pics to have at the reception. I’ve used shutterfly before but not for a book. What are the price comparisons like?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have used MyPublisher for a couple of different projects and I love it. The layout options are a bit limited but the quality is really good and they are always having great promotions the last one I remember getting an email about was 2 books for $30 and each additional page over 20 was only 99 cents.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I can’t decide what to use either. I was leaning towards Blurb but than I read everyone’s reviews and they all sound like they have their pros/cons.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I have used KodakGallery, Shutterfly, and ArtsCow for photobooks, and I think the quality and color of the photos were best with ArtsCow, even though they are the cheapest option.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I vote blurb 100% if you like creative control and have the time to dedicate to creating customizations to your book. (They also have premade layouts if you want that kind of thing). If you are ok with the standard cookie-cutter picture books, the others are fine. 

I also like the proline of paper provided by blurb. The books i have made with them seem great and they ship pretty quickly…

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We did our wedding album in Blurb, and I did a gift for my hubs on MyPublisher. The Blurb book is better printed, has a better spine and I like the paper better. I also feel like the pictures looked ‘sharper’ in the Blurb book. When I have my camera, I’ll do some photos for you. 

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