Now, the only question is do I really lower my "book prices" or do I just enjoy a bigger profit margin over ASUKA?
I decided to order a book off my mac pro in the Iphoto program. No one else seems to have reviewed it yet so I will give you my review.
The program is extremely simple to use- simply drag and drop from Iphoto galleries. Pic your page layout i.e. cover, text, 1 to 6 photos per page.
Printed on what seems good quality paper and and cover is canvas type hardcover.
It is a bit more than blurb ( I think I will try one of theirs next) with a 28 page book costing about $40 with shipping.
There are a decent number of themes but not a lot of page background pattern or color options.
Only real negative is that a few pictures have a rolled appearance to them, where you can see faint vertical lines throughout the photo. This only occured on two of the large one picture/ page layouts.
With that said some of the smaller pictures with noise actually turned out great.
I would use again but will try others to establish a quality vs price baseline.
I second that smugmug should move to have books as an option as well as calendars and greeting cards.
Just got my book from Blurb and was shocked with the poor quality!
Every single page was tinged blue - purple (even the black and whites)
Large (2 inch) red streak right through the middle of a black and white
Grainy looking quality. You could do better by right clicking a web image and printing it to a an old HP desk jet!
red & purple blotchy looking skin tones
This is bar none the worst printing I have seen in years. The prices at blurb are low but, but not as low as their quality & quality control.
They will do a reprint for free.
Explain to them the problems and they will do a reprint. Maybe due to the really lousy job I might also ask for a on the spot quality check!
This makes me very sad. I just shot a wedding and was hoping to put together a proof book using blurb. :cry
I am new to this board and have found it so helpful in my search for a good photobook site. I am a scrapbooker, and have decided to go digital. I thought that the idea to lay it out in powerpoint first was such a great idea! Thank you!
My question is, how do I do that? I don't see the option to save it as a graphic.
Also, is there a special way to save it so that it does not get distorted when it's a full page in the photo book?
Thank you in advance!
On to Viovio.com. I truly got so annoyed with their online interface I broke down and set up my own book layout in InDesign. I followed their instructions on PDF creation and uploaded my PDF. The preview looked odd after I uploaded it, but I figured, "I followed instructions, it should be okay."
After my order last night, I received an e-mail this morning saying they noticed the page bleed looked a little off--did they want me to proceed with the order? I replied back saying I'd followed their posted instructions and had been concerned by the preview, but I want to ensure the book prints correctly...so how should I fix it? Here's where Viovio shone: I got a reply back from a real person within the hour helping me figure out what to do. Not only that, but I've gone back and forth three times--all through e-mail, with the same support person, even!--just to clarify I don't eff anything up, and each response I've gotten back has been within the hour. That's just...unheard of (except for here ).
Any recommendations for sites that don't charge one-off prices? I'd like to get 1000 copies of a 60-page full-color book ...
Antonio Correia wrote:
Is this of any help ?
Speaking of, what is meant by a "monograph"? I've seen this somewhere else as well: http://www.rollingsculpture.com/ (and boy, wouldn't I love to be able to command the prices he does for car photography!!!)
Mike Lane wrote:
I can't vouch for them, but these 2 places look promising for getting photo books published. The first one is called Picaboo and it looks like it's more about books that you'd send to grandma (which isn't to say that they don't look nice). The other one is called Blurb and it looks like a more serious book publishing site. You can print all kinds of books on blurb and it looks like you can do 440 pages in a book for only $80 which sounds pretty good.
kazuri images wrote:
... You can create your own layouts in photoshop and then download them as jpgs, so you're really only as limited as your creativity...