MyPublisher Review

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UPDATE: MyPublisher will be closing down on May 8, 2017. The company will still take orders through that date. For more details read my MyPublisher Q&A post.

Some features previously available on MyPublisher such as hinged lay flat binding is now available on Shutterfly. For more details and an update on whether Shutterfly is a good alternative for MyPublisher fans, be sure to check out my in-depth comparison post.

Click here to download MyPublisher's FREE software

MyPublisher has been in the photo book publishing business for quite some time – founded in 1995 and based in Valhalla, New York. I’ve been making photo books for about five seven years now and MyPublisher was the first company that I tried. Update 4/30/2013: Shutterfly has acquired MyPublisher. MyPublisher photo books will continue to be offered however other products such as cards and calendars will no longer be available.

MyPublisher offers only landscape photo books with three sizes in hardcover and two sizes in softcover. Linen, leather and dust jackets are all possible cover options. Lay flat options are also available with an additional fee.

MyPublisher is both Mac and PC compatible, though the Mac software features lag behind the PC version. For instance the latest PC version gives you a running total of cost as you build the book, while the Mac software doesn’t. The PC version also allows you to order the newest MyPublisher hardcover which they call “photo finish” which features your selected photo printed directly onto the surface of the book. The only full photo cover available for Mac users at this time is to order a dust jacket. According to the company this will be made available for Mac users sometime this summer (2010).

(UPDATE: 2/26/2012 - New paper choices include super gloss paper and an option of choosing matte or satin paper. Classic books have gone from 115 lb. in weight to 120 lb. while Deluxe books have gone from 182 lb. to 170 lb. paper. Premium end sheets and slipcase covers are also new additions.

(UPDATE: 7/19/11 - MyPublisher 6.0 software is now available for Mac users with photo finish option and customizable layouts. 7.0 version is also available for PC users with option to customize your layouts and two-page spread.)

What initially drew me to MyPublisher was the ease of use of the software and the free book with book purchase offered to all new customers.  With MyPublisher you download the software to your computer, select the photos you want to use and drag and drop the photos into the templates.  Although the software is easy to use, it can slow down your computer considerably and the books themselves can be huge space hogs. When you’re finished you preview the pages of the book and then upload the book and photos to the site.  The ease of use however is what may also be its biggest limitation.  Perhaps to keep the program and interface simple, MyPublisher limits customization to the provided layouts. You cannot customize the templates or change the layouts like you can with other photo book publishers. Custom layouts are possible but only if you create them with an outside design or layout program. If you want to have design flexibility you will be quite limited with this program. (See update above - customization is now available.)

Where MyPublisher excels is print quality and book construction. The paper quality is very good, with the Deluxe size (15x11.5) featuring thicker paper (182 lb.) than the Classic size (11.25x8.75) (115 lb.). Super gloss paper is also now available. The vellum fly sheets featured at the front and back of the photobooks are a nice finishing touch and the binding is sturdy and neat. My photos come back very vivid and with a sharp print quality.

Additionally if you’re looking for speed, MyPublisher has been the one of the fastest companies in book production and delivery. I’ve often received my books in about a week, from the time of hitting the order button to arrival on my doorstep. There have been some instances where I have received books with text being cut off or not spacing properly and with some colors being rather off, so consistency can be an issue, but upon notifying the company, they have been prompt and accommodating in offering coupon codes to reprint my orders.

You can check out my MyPublisher comparison to Snapfish or my comparison review of MyPublisher, Mpix, Blurb and Snapfish. Additional reviews are in the blog section below.

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MyPublisher Reviews from the Blog

Aug 21, 2017: Q&A: MyPublisher is Closed - Where Should I Print My Photo Books? A Comparison of MyPublisher and Shutterfly
Feb 26, 2017: MyPublisher FREE Extra Pages is Back! Plus Giveaway Winners Announced
Feb 15, 2017: MyPublisher Closing Down - Your Questions Answered and a Farewell Giveaway
Aug 30, 2015: MyPublisher Premium Album Flush Mount and Design Service Review
Jun 11, 2015: Photo Book Girl's Top 6 Travel Photo Book Design Tips
Feb 28, 2015: Photo Book Girl's 5th Anniversary MyPublisher Premium Album Giveaway (U.S. & Canada) & Flush Mount Review (CLOSED)
Sep 4, 2014: Coming Soon! Exclusive Freebie for Photo Book Girl Newsletter Subscribers!
May 22, 2014: Exclusive MyPublisher Coupon Code for Father's Day & Graduation Photo Books
Apr 27, 2014: MyPublisher Exclusive 70% off Photo Book Deal Back for Mother's Day
Feb 26, 2014: The Ultimate Lay Flat Photo Book Comparison Guide - A Book for Every Budget (Updated 2017)
Jan 13, 2014: Disney Wonder Photo Books - A Multi-Volume Set
Dec 19, 2013: MyPublisher 2013 Giveaway Winners Plus FREE Photo Book
Nov 28, 2013: MyPublisher Black Friday 2013 Giveaway Plus Exclusive Photo Book Coupon Codes
May 20, 2013: The Mother of All Giveaways Winner Announced! A Full Year of Photo Books from MyPublisher
May 6, 2013: The Mother of All Giveaways - A Year of Photo Books Dream Prize Package from MyPublisher
Feb 28, 2013: Third Anniversary MyPublisher $100 Giveaway Winners Plus Exclusive Canvas and Photo Book Coupon Codes 2013 (ENDED))
Feb 28, 2013: Third Anniversary MyPublisher $100 Giveaway Winners Plus Exclusive Canvas and Photo Book Coupon Codes 2013 (ENDED))
Feb 24, 2013: MyPublisher Canvas Review Part 2 - Print Quality & Exclusive MyPublisher Coupon Codes
Feb 24, 2013: MyPublisher Canvas Review Part 2 - Print Quality & Exclusive MyPublisher Coupon Codes
Feb 18, 2013: Photo Book Girl Turns Three! New Canvas Print Deals & MyPublisher Giveaway & Canvas Review (International) (ENDED)
Feb 18, 2013: Photo Book Girl Turns Three! New Canvas Print Deals & MyPublisher Giveaway & Canvas Review (International) (ENDED)
Sep 16, 2012: Dream Wedding Guest Book MyPublisher Giveaway 2012 Winners!
Sep 4, 2012: Choosing the Right Paper for your MyPublisher Photo Book [Photo Book Girl's Dream Wedding Guest Book MyPublisher Giveaway & Exclusive Promo Code 2012 (International)(ENDED)]
Mar 11, 2012: PhotoBookGirl Turns Two! MyPublisher 2012 Giveaway Winners Announced!
Feb 28, 2012: PhotoBookGirl Turns Two! Let's Celebrate with a MyPublisher 2012 Giveaway! (ENDED)
Jul 5, 2011: MyPublisher GIVEAWAY (10 prizes!) Plus Review of Super Gloss Paper (ENDED)
Feb 2, 2011: Multi-Volume Photo Books - Make a Series
Jan 21, 2011: Lay Flat MyPublisher Photo Book Review & A Lay Flat Photo Book Comparison
Dec 17, 2010: MyPublisher Deluxe Photo Book Review - Make Your Own Custom Pages for your Photo Book
Sep 5, 2010: MyPublisher & Best Buy - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE deal
Jun 23, 2010: A Review of MyPublisher's Photo Finish Hardcover
Jun 1, 2010: DIY Wedding Photo Ideas for the Big Day - Creative Tips on Showcasing your Engagement Photos (Wedding Guest Book)
Apr 24, 2010: Quick Reviews of MyPublisher's New Photo Finish Cover & HotBook #2 at Flickr
Mar 14, 2010: New MyPublisher Software
Mar 13, 2010: Blurb vs Mpix Review - Make Your Own Affordable Wedding Photo Book - A Bride-to-Bride Guide (with Pictures) Part II
Mar 8, 2010: A Review of Photo Book Printing Companies that I’ve Used: Blurb vs. MyPublisher vs. Snapfish vs. Mpix
Mar 2, 2010: Snapfish vs MyPublisher Review - Make Your Own Affordable Wedding Photo Book - A Bride-to-Bride Guide (with Pictures) Part I

MyPublisher Photo Books

Thinking about designing a photobook on MyPublisher? You can view a detailed chart of every MyPublisher photo book, including sizes and pricing. See the full list of MyPublisher photo books.

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