On Creating a Photo Book
By J.L. Sofka
30 Aug 2010
I decided that I would try out several online photo book printing companies. Trying to save money, I chose the least expensive number of pages. It took 12 hours sorting through three years of work to narrow down the top 100 or so images. Choosing 20 photos was not an easy task.
I have tried four companies, the best so far is Blurb.
For someone who wants to make a simple book such a family snaps or a wedding album with little or no text, most of the templates would work great. In fact, the company will do the layout after a customer uploads. Why someone would not want to design their own pages is beyond me. So, my main criticism of the companies I tried so far is that the templates are geared toward customers who prefer a minimal amount of effort in setting up a page. Even Blurb which seems the most sophisticated and offers more layout control, does not have a template in the 81/2 x 11 for two images up with one line for a title.
Also, I have yet to find a company that provides basic information such as what is the size of the picture boxes in the templates. I fiddled around with creating my own picture boxes and failed to read that all images and text must be one inch from the edge of the paper. As a result, some of the tops were cut off. Oh well, live and learn.
Comments from anyone who has more experience with online photo book services would be welcome.