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Photo Books - which online site to use?
Dont know if this is the best place for this question... but I'll ask it anyway....

Just got a photo book from kodak and I've seen one from iPhoto....

Both are nice books, but the paper seemed to be thinner then I would like....

QUESTION - Which of the online sites should I look into if I wanted to order a photo book that has a bit heaver paper?..

Comments (7)

I printed one with kodak a while back (1 year ago), so I guess their paper remains thin. I'd also like to know if there are better options...

Comment #1

Another question - is this the right forum to ask this question?.

If not, which one?..

Comment #2

I've never used kodak so I can't compare the paper. I've used mypublisher.com and shutterfly.com in the last couple of years..

I use shutterfly the most because it has the more appropriate backgrounds. As to quality I think mypublisher is slightly better. So slight in fact if they are not side by side it would be difficult make a decision..

REd..

Comment #3

Can't compare to the ones you've used (or others not listed), but in order of overall quality:1. MyPublisher2. Shutterfly3. Blurb.

MyPublisher is a bit weaker when it comes to layouts (number & variety) but that's a small price to pay..

Waiting for a friend to get his MPix book to compare to the ones I've done. I'm expecting great print quality and nice paper, but they're definitely behind the curve when it comes to bookmaking technologies. (Their cover/binding options are lacking ... they previewed a hardbound book with a printed cover at Photoplus Expo but I don't believe it's available yet)..

To get noticably better than the above, I suspect you'd have to go with one of the much pricier wedding pro oriented sites..

- DennisGallery at http://kingofthebeasts.smugmug.com..

Comment #4

Please let me know your thoughts when the mpix book comes in!..

Comment #5

Thehickoks wrote:.

Dont know if this is the best place for this question... but I'll askit anyway....

Just got a photo book from kodak and I've seen one from iPhoto....

Both are nice books, but the paper seemed to be thinner then I wouldlike....

QUESTION - Which of the online sites should I look into if I wantedto order a photo book that has a bit heaver paper?.

I decided to try MyPublisher out and sent in an order (you upload the project) one night and it was shipped the next day..

In the meantime there is a low resolution version that you can look at, to get an idea of the layout and general appearance. Too bad that this "on-line version" lacks the clarity and great looks that you have on your computer monitor (especially if you have a really good high rez display)..

Http://www.mypublisher.com/...okstore/book_viewer.py?book_id=2149067&sp=x.

You see reduced sizes of some of the photos that appear in this album to compare for clarity and sharpness:.

Http://dstong.fotki.com/pixel-magic-photogr/.

I got my album in the mail (uploaded Sat morning, shipped next day and received in Chicago on Tuesday) as promised and overall I was pleased with the overall quality given the pricing..

First the Negatives:.

1. On the printed book jacket 2nd and 3rd lines of text are barely readable. The white text on black background is too "thin". Here is one place where the appearance of the "book" on your monitor does not match the printed output it is crystal clear on the monitor display (total failure of WYSIWYG ). Worse yet, after seeing this I went back to the computer and I could increase the font size only by one step..

(I'm going to e-mail them about this and see if they will re-print the book jacket at their cost)..

2. The photos are a bit unsharp. Still good enough, given the price, and my usage of the book, but nothing like the ultra sharp crispness that I see on the display monitor..

This was expected from all of the reviews that I had read about MyPublisher. In fact I was very concerned about this but because I did NOT have unrealistic expectations I am satisfied..

Perhaps one should really oversharpen the photos prior to importing them into the mypublisher application..

The Positives:.

1. The colors in the printed photos are pretty close to what I saw on my display monitor (calibrated with Huey -a cheap, easy to use optical device)..

2. The pages comprising the album are semi-gloss and reasonably heavy. I chose to print both sides and this worked well. The photos look very good -especially when viewed at 2-3 ft distance.

3. The price and delivery time are excellent..

There are lots of things one could improve in their software program, including some incredibly stupid omissions, that would enhance usability and efficiency, but overall once you spend some time using the package..

If you don't expect museum quality printing for the basic $30 (20 pages, plus $7 shipping) album and you might find it useful..

Since Blurb got some very good reviews on these forums I'm going to try them next for portraits for which a square format is much better than the landscape which is the only format offered by MyPublisher..

Best,.

Dan..

Comment #6

I ordered one from photobucket and the paper is a nice weight and it turned out great...

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