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MyPublisher GIVEAWAY (10 prizes!) Plus Review of Super Gloss Paper (ENDED)

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GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Enter by 7/12/11 at 11:59PM CST

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Hope my U.S. readers had a great 4th of July weekend and that everyone is enjoying warmer weather!  As promised on my Facebook page, I’m happy to bring you another giveaway!

MyPublisher is sponsoring an amazing giveaway for U.S. and Canadian residents!

TEN (10) very lucky Photobookgirl.com readers will be randomly drawn to win one (1):

20-page Classic Hardcover Book (11.25×8.75) with linen cover and FREE SUPER GLOSS upgrade

A total of approximately $400.00 in prizes!

The company’s free design software, downloaded from the MyPublisher site, is easy to use. PC users can customize layouts while the Mac software doesn’t offer customizable layouts, but hundreds of templates are available.  You can use any background color and any font as well.  For those who have their own design software, you can upload finished layouts and jpegs with no issue. If you want to make a quick book, use MyPublisher’s Simple Publisher and make your book in minutes. It will automatically arrange your photos chronologically, but will still allow you to make edits.

I recently tried out the company’s latest upgraded paper offering – the super gloss paper.  I know a number of readers were wondering about this new paper option, so check out my review below and enter to win so you can try it for yourself!

MyPublisher Super Gloss Printing Review

MyPublisher wasn’t exaggerating when it named it’s newest paper upgrade, “super gloss” – it’s the glossiest paper I’ve seen from any book company I’ve reviewed – much like a high gloss photograph.  Back in the day when folks brought in their rolls of film to the local drugstore or their favorite photo finishing service, you would normally have a choice of “matte” or “gloss” finish.  MyPublisher’s super gloss paper is much like the glossy option and then some.  The surface is not only glossy, but appears laminated – which is described on the site as a “glistening protective surface”.  The super gloss printing is also supposed to result in richer and more vibrant colors and sharper and clearer images.

Some of you may have first read about my honeymoon photo book which I split into a series of two large Deluxe photo books.  My first book was printed in the 182 lb. cover stock that comes standard with the Deluxe size book and the second book I tried the super gloss upgrade.  I thought it would make for a good comparison.

Specifications for Honeymoon Book #1:

Book size: 15 x 11.5 (width x height)
Cover: Deluxe Hardcover – Black Leather
Pages: 99 (double-sided), 182 lb. cover stock
Binding: Case bound
Price: $246.96 (complimentary shipping)Total: $246.96
Ordered/Shipped/Received: Aug 13 / Aug 17 / Aug 19

Honeymoon photo book

Specifications for Honeymoon Book #2:

Book size: 15 x 11.5 (width x height)
Cover: Deluxe Hardcover – Black Leather
Pages: 95 (double-sided), Super Gloss upgrade
Binding: Case bound
Price: $239.00 Leather Deluxe with 95 pages+$40.00 Super Gloss upgrade$279.00 Subtotal

($139.05 promo discount)

+$10.99 Shipping

Total: $150.94

Ordered/Shipped/Received: Jun 1 / Jun 8 / Jun 14

Super Gloss book

There is no difference in the cover image from one book to the other, but the inside pages are definitely different.  I would agree that the colors are more vibrant and the blacks in particular are deeper and richer with the super gloss paper.  The super gloss pages are very, very highly reflective and are susceptible to fingerprints (but they wipe off easily).  The paper has more flex than the 182 lb. Deluxe paper and the super gloss pages tend to stick to each other.  You’ll hear a sound when you flip the pages.  I think it was more evident given the very large page size of the book I printed.  Here’s some images of the book.  I had this map in the front of both books showing where we traveled during our honeymoon adventure:

 

It's hard to tell, but the black is deeper in the super gloss (top). You'll notice the light reflecting off the top page.

The high sheen is really evident in this photo. Notice at left how mirror-like the finish is - my fingers are reflected in the paper.

Great Barrier Reef

The photos I took of the Great Barrier Reef (my first time shooting underwater) look particularly vivid on the super gloss paper.

MyPublisher has always delivered excellent print quality, and it’s no different with the super gloss paper.  The detail in the coral is very sharp.

 

I'm a Hobbit!

Summary

MyPublisher’s super gloss paper definitely reproduces the look of a high gloss photograph.  Whether you should opt for it, is a matter of taste and subject matter. Currently the special introductory price of $10.00 flat for a Classic book and $20.00 flat for a Deluxe book is worth a try if you like the way the images above look.  I have seen it at $20.00 and $40.00 respectively (it was $40.00 when I ordered my book about a month ago) so I don’t know how long the discounted pricing will last.

Click on the link if you’re interested in seeing my other MyPublisher reviews including reviews of the lay flat option and photo finish cover (scroll down to “MyPublisher Reviews from the Blog”).

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HOW TO ENTER THE MYPUBLISHER GIVEAWAY

You have 7 possible ways to enter, but you must do the REQUIRED ENTRY for the others to count.  For EACH entry, you have to COMMENT ON THIS POST below with a separate comment for EACH entry, telling me what type of entry you did.

REQUIRED ENTRY:

  • Comment below – IF YOU WON, WHAT KIND OF BOOK (vacation, baby, wedding etc.) WOULD YOU MAKE WITH YOUR MYPUBLISHER PRIZE?

OPTIONAL ENTRIES:

  • Subscribe to my newsletter (look for light blue box at top right) AND tell me in the comment below that you subscribed and the name you subscribed under (first name is fine). If you already subscribe to my newsletter, tell me in your comment and give me your name. (Please remember for it to count, you must confirm the subscription);
  • Follow me on Twitter AND Follow MyPublisher AND tweet about this giveaway. (Must do all three steps – COUNTS AS ONE ENTRY). Copy/paste this: MyPublisher Photo book Giveaway! Win 1 of 10 prizes! Ends 7/12 @photobookgirl @MyPublisher Please RT http://bit.ly/kBwhOf (Tweet as much as you like, but only 1 tweet per day will count as an entry. Comment below by pasting a link to your tweet.)
  • Comment on any post (other than this one) or on any other page on my site (sorry, posting on Facebook doesn’t count). Let me know which post you commented on by telling me in a comment below. (Limit to two (2) entries using this method.);
  • Blog about this giveaway on your blog. Be sure to comment on this post with a link to your blog post (Counts as 3 entries!)

Make sure to do the REQUIRED ENTRY!

This giveaway is open to anyone 18 or older. Void where prohibited. Void in Quebec. Entries must be received by Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 11:59pm CST and any entries not in accordance with the rules will be disqualified at our sole discretion and at the discretion of the sponsor. Winning entry will be chosen using Random.org. After compiling the results, I will announce the winner thereafter and will email the winner. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or I will redraw another entry. Canadian winners may be asked to answer a skill question to be eligible, to comply with Canadian laws. Winners will be issued a voucher and will have approximately one (1) month to make and order book.  Winner pays for shipping.  Shipping varies by location – see MyPublisher site for details.  Disclosure: I am an affiliate of MyPublisher. If you click on a link to MyPublisher’s site and make a purchase, I receive a referral fee from the company. Regardless of compensation my opinions are my own.  I paid for this book out of pocket.

Thank you to MyPublisher for its sponsorship of this giveaway!

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391 Comments

  1. Ana King
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 11:31 am | #

    I am currently subscribed to your newletter :)

  2. Posted July 12, 2011 at 11:54 am | #

    This is so cool! If I win I’ll be making a portfolio for my photography business. I think it would be wonderful to have something like this to display my work in for potential clients. I like this page on FB under Melissa Sisk.

  3. Stella
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm | #

    Thanks for all the tips/reviews on your site. I’d make an album using photos from a recent trip to Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic. I’m also a facebook fan (stella Resko).

  4. Susan Matteson
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm | #

    I already like you on FB – Susan Matteson

  5. Lorraine Loretz
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm | #

    If I won, I would make a book of the best portraits of my daughter’s years in ballet; she danced age 5 and still dancing at 19 . . .

  6. Susan Matteson
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm | #

    I already like MyPublisher on FB – Susan Matteson

  7. Lorraine Loretz
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm | #

    I already subscribe to your wonderful newsletter! Lorraine

  8. Susan Matteson
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm | #

    I would make a wedding album (after scanning ALL those photos! :)
    Susan Matteson

  9. Lorraine Loretz
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm | #

    I already like you on facebook: Lorraine Loretz

  10. Lorraine Loretz
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm | #

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  11. Camyla
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm | #

    I enjoy making portfolio photobooks from my previous art ventures and/or books of inspiration… including images and quotes I find endearing!

  12. Jessica H
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm | #

    I’m following you and MyPublisher on twitter, and here is my tweet about the contest~ http://twitter.com/#!/Jess_Hutchings/status/90839437856096258

  13. Jessica H
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm | #

    I “like” MyPublisher on Facebook, my name is Jessica Hutchings on FB

  14. Bonnie Berry
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 1:12 pm | #

    I have LIKED myPublisher on Facebook. My FB name is Bonnie Folk Berry.

  15. Audrey Loosvelt
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm | #

    I would make a Family Year in Review book! I like you on Facebook! (Audrey Loosvelt)

  16. Sharon
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm | #

    I would do a book of my new grandbaby!!

  17. Sharon
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm | #

    I posted a comment under “From photobook girl to photobook mom.”

  18. Jessica H
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm | #
  19. Sharon
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm | #

    I like you on facebook–Sharon Slotter

  20. Sharon
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm | #

    I subscribe to your newsletter–Sharon Slotter

  21. Ken Knott
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:21 pm | #

    If I win I’m going to scan photo’s of my mom and dad from old photo albums and make them into a nice book. My mother passed away a few months back…

  22. Ken Knott
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm | #

    I already LIKE you on facebook

    Ken Knott

  23. Ken Knott
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm | #

    I, Ken Knott, do solemnly swear that I now LIKE MyPublisher on Facebook

  24. Meg
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm | #

    I will make an album of the Portland to Portland vacation I just completed with my first ever D-SLR! woohoo!
    I “like” you on facebook (Meg Tracz)

  25. Marion
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm | #

    I would love to make an album of my little grandson!

  26. KSBR
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm | #

    I am working on a photobook of my son’s 1st year, so that’s the photobook I would make.

  27. KSBR
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm | #

    I’m a fan of yours on Facebook!

  28. Michele cespedes
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm | #
  29. Melissa E
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm | #

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  30. Siwapong D
    Posted July 12, 2011 at 10:40 pm | #

    I would make a book of my trip this year.

  31. Posted July 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm | #

    I would make a vacation photo book. We just went on a trip for our 10th anniversary and I’d love to get a book done about it soon.

  32. Posted July 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm | #

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