Post # 1
I am thinking of making a new photo book with our recent travels & couple pictures. Can you recommend which one you had good experience with ? I used PhotoWorks in the past, but it seems that world has evolved a lot since then. I am considering PhotoWorks, MyPublisher, Picaboo and Blurb.
Which one did you use and why did you like/not it ?
Post # 3
winkflash, shutterfly, snapfish. 🙂
Post # 4
Picaboo is good if you want to have all kinds of backgrounds/themes. You can also use one of your photos as a background. They get kind of pricey though. I just made an 8×8 wedding book for my grandmother at shutterfly, it came out great, but with them you are kind of stuck to their formats/designs, which are limited. A little cheaper than Picaboo though. They also have the photo covers, which are glossy – I didn’t realize this. Blurb I really liked; you get options and the price is the best. They also just came out with photo cover books. They might also let you create pages in photoshop and then use them in your book. I can’t remember, I also think My publisher does this as well, but I believe my publisher is the most expensive. So, if you are going for best price, go with Blurb, if you are into the design part of it, go with picaboo – but I haven’t looked at theirs in a while – I don’t know if they’ve put out photocovers yet.
Post # 5
I liked Blurb. Though they don’t have a ton of templates, so if you want to mix things up a bit you’ll have to create your own pages and upload them as full-page images.
Post # 6
I like http://www.kodakgallery.com, I did a book with the wedding pics that my father-in-law, friends, cousins, etc took and it came out awesome. It’s about 80 pages, 12×12, leather bound and it came out to like $140. I also did one with all of the pics from my honeymoon, and made a small one of the wedding for my husbands mom and my mom.
Post # 7
If you want a great price and control over every single detail/element of the layout and cover, and don’t need a lot of help, I highly recommend Lulu–you can upload a finished PDF and they will print it for you, including full-color wraparound covers, for a VERY good price. My 42-page 8.5×8.5 full-color softbound book was $12! Quality was very good–comparable to a coffee-table book you might buy at a commercial bookstore–but these are not the superfine art books high-end photogs will do for you.
(If you want lots of assistance with layout and general handholding, they are not the best company. They do have a "photobook" tool but I found it too restrictive and preferred to create my own.)
Post # 8
I’m going to use iphoto. It’s really easy to use and comes with a ton of customizability options – in both style and construction (so you can save some cash on it). The hardback option comes with a fancy customizable dust jacket. Mine is already up to 50 some pages and it’s about $60.
Post # 9
I used Blurb for my boudoir book and planning on doing it again for our wedding albums. The book itself came out really well — the colors were bright and true to what was on my screen and the photos were crisp. My only gripe was that it’s annoying to use Booksmart (Blurb’s layout software). If you want to design the entire book yourself and not use their templates or backgrounds (you have to do this if you want your photos to be full-bleed), you can only upload JPEGs to Booksmart, so I couldn’t lay it out in InDesign and upload it directly. =( I haven’t figured out any other photo book publisher where you don’t have to do this though — if anyone else knows, please share!
Post # 10
i used blurb, and just got my books today. i looove them! they turned out so, so nice. and they were by far the cheapest – $20 for up to 40 pages. (softcover, since i figured our wedding album didn’t really need to be hardcover. $30 for a hardcover, up to 40 pages.)