Photo Books


tce5 15 61 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 10:21AM
Has anyone had their images published in these photo books. If so what do you think about the quality. I am thinking about it, have set up a book in the kodak site and it looks pretty good. Are the results as good in reality.
Tanya

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Timster 14 84
20 Feb 2006 1:17AM
Was toying with the idea myself. If you have taken the plunge and actually had one done Tanya then please let me know

Cheers

Timster
lornielou 14 8
23 Feb 2006 7:04AM
Tanya,
would you mind explaining to me what a photo book actually is...i gather you get a book printed with all your chosen photos...? (or am i completely off the mark here?)
Thanks
Lou
Hoggle 14 72
23 Feb 2006 7:26AM
LornieLou -

you are correct but you can add text as well. You can get some that look like photo albums, some that look like coffee table books.

Tanya -


I have tried two so far - one is viovio.com - it does a true bound book with a photo option on the front and back cover - the online wizard is not too flexible but online help is great.... You have to upload photos to the site to make your book. You end up with a softback book that looks and feels like a professional publication.

I found that using Powerpoint to make a page as I wanted it then saving the slide as a Jpeg worked best - there are details on the site on how to do it, or pm me.

Also pixbook.com (or.co.uk - I can't remember) which you download a small program onto your 'puter to then make your book up in your own time. It is a hardcover - either frosted plastic or imitation leather, the pages inside are a glossy plasticoated material.

The wizard you download is very flexible and the resulting pages, although not having the feel of a real 'paper' book, have fantastic images reproductoin (slightly better that Viovio in my opinion)

Both are very reasonable for cost and turnaround time.
lornielou 14 8
23 Feb 2006 10:59AM
Thanks so much Tanya. Going to look into them both
cheers
Lou
Max_WW 14 124
23 Feb 2006 11:44AM
I've not yet tried either, so can't give personal opinion, but similar can be found at:

Fotobook.co.uk

and

Photobox Photobook

Having been very impressed with other Photobox services recently I'll probably be getting them to do a photobook in the next month or so.

Max
Nike55 14 965 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 12:43PM
Having seen the recent ad for FotoInsight I wonder if any one contributing to this topic had any success or failures with book producing software over the last 10 months? An update would be welcomed.
thewaiter 18 1.2k 9 England
4 Dec 2006 1:01PM
I've just used shared ink for a similar product, these guys are based in the States, pretty user friendly software, various designs, full bleed pages etc.... you get a free trial period of 40 days and then there is a one off payment of $120..... I'm waiting for my book to arrive before I spend the extra, BUT if a UK company is now doing this I don't think I'll bother.




Kevin
fredchan 14 124
4 Dec 2006 1:39PM
I had the 30x30 Photobook done by Asda and was amazed at the quality - definitely recommend them:-

Asda

go to the photo section
Nike55 14 965 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2006 3:24PM
fredchan - nice link!
trivets12 16 1.3k
4 Dec 2006 6:05PM
I've used the Kodak photobooks twice this year and I think they are excellent for the price. They have a choice of leather or linen covers. The templates are not very imaginative but if you create your own page 14 x 11 in Photoshop and do your own layouts then there is no limit on what you can do, really. I would say, though, that a full page bleed in the largest book is not as good print quality as an actual 14 x 11 photographic print but both my Bride & Grooms were thrilled to bits with their books. The Graphistudio and other top-of-the-range books are out of some folk's price range, unfortunately, so I was pleased to find a good quality book at a lower cost.
Try www.kodakgallery.com and have a look at them.
I uploaded my design to the US website and the book arrived 8 days later! Not bad!
The UK website now offer these books ans I haven't done a price comparison but I bet they are more expensive than the US!
Trudy
VolcanoCowboy 13 157 England
4 Dec 2006 6:41PM

Quote:I bet they are more expensive than the US!


unfortunately they are: mini photo book (5x7) is $6.99 vs 5.95 for 20 pages.

Adam
thewaiter 18 1.2k 9 England
7 Dec 2006 8:31AM
Just received my first coffee table photo book back from Shared Ink. I'm impressed with the quality and finish of the product. I ordered a blue linen cover, they manufacture various other shades as well as leathers. Open the book and there is a very tastful embossed insert followed by the prints. The prints are of a high standard, slightly lacking in contrast, BUT I think thats probably down to me rather than Shared Ink..... !
Overall a good product, well packaged and delivered with in 2 weeks from the States, just not sure the signing on fee is justified.


Kevin
stevekhart 14 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2006 9:08AM
I used snapfish.co.uk last year - it's OK and I guess good value for money. Print quality is OK, binding is good with a linen hard-back cover. The front has a black & white paper photo stuck to it which is not very robust. I'm interested in something of overall better quality - hard to make comparisons without actually seeing them side by side.
Tandberg 16 1.2k 2 England
7 Dec 2006 9:47AM
http://www.mypublisher.com/

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