Photobook America Review

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Photobook America is part of Photobook Worldwide - which includes Photobook Australia, Photobook Canada and Photobook Malaysia. The company prints their photo books from two production centers in Canada and Malaysia, so I'm assuming U.S. books will be produced by our neighbors to the north. According to their site, they have a plan for future worldwide photobook domination. (Just embellishing that last part - the site says they are planning to continue expanding worldwide, so good news for us and our international readers!)

I love discovering new photo book companies to add to our list as it increases the choices we have as consumers. I'm currently working on my first Photobook America photo book and I really like the flexibility of the software. (UPDATE: See actual photos of my books at right.) They offer some unique products and some different paper choices. With regard to paper weight and quality, if you're wondering about the gsm to lb. conversion, 170 gsm is roughly equivalent to 115 lb. and 216 gsm is about 146 lb. Most of the companies in the database typically offer 100 lb. paper in their photo books, but note, it's not an exact science comparing different types of paper. My initial thoughts are however that the 216 gsm/146 lb. paper will feel substantially heavier - (b/t/w I have a paper quality post coming up with a comparison of paper types from all the companies I've printed with before.) I'll probably opt for the heavier paper so I can compare it to the 100 lb. normally offered as the standard here in the U.S.

(UPDATE 2/24/11: My book is finished and my paper quality post comparing 12 different photo book companies is up!) Check out how Photobook Worldwide ranks!

The software is both Mac and PC compatible and offers fully customizable layouts and instant two-page spreads so you can stretch a single photo to cover both pages of a layout. Also, you can use any font on your computer - a feature that I love.

Note that page minimums are higher than the typical base 20-page counts you may be used to. Photobook America has a 40-page minimum for their books, so their price points are naturally going to start higher. Hardcovers start at $65.00 for a 40-page 8x6 and go up to $360.00 for an 80-page Professional Series XL Landscape book at a whopping 17.5x12 size. That's the largest photo book size I've seen from any book in the database. Other upscale options include a slip case or presentation box.

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Dec 13, 2016: Scrap Your Trip - Creative Ways To Enhance Your Travel Photo Book Layouts (Part 1)
Dec 13, 2015: Photobook America (and Photobook Canada) Lay Flat Giveaway Winners Announced Plus a Huge Discount on Layflat Books
Nov 30, 2015: Photobook America Layflat Review Plus a Cyber Monday Giveaway! (U.S. and Canada - Enter by 12/7/15)
Apr 13, 2014: Photo Book Girl's Best Mother's Day Gifts 2014 - From Cookbooks to Family Trees
May 23, 2013: Top Tips on Making A Pregnancy Photo Book
Feb 1, 2012: Q&A: How to Design the Cover of Your Photobook America Imagewrap Photo Book
May 17, 2011: Photobook America (Canada) Photo Lustre Paper Review
Nov 21, 2010: My Photobook America Review - Part II: Book Quality
Nov 9, 2010: Q&A: Top Tips for Making Great Photo Book Templates and Layouts - My Photobook America Preview
Nov 7, 2010: Photobook America Review - Part I: Software Review and Helpful Tips
Aug 18, 2010: Photobook America Review added to PhotoBookGirl Photo Book Wizard

Quick Specs for Photobook AmericaNew to photo books? Learn the lingo

Book TypeHardcover & Softcover
Book ShapePortrait, Landscape & Square
Types of CoversFull Photo Cover, Linen, Silk, Buckram, Leather
Min/Max PagesDepends on book type: 40 - 300 or 80 - 300
Paper170 gsm (115 lb.) Matte Textured paper, Premium European 170 gsm or 216 gsm (146 lb.) Silk paper, 190 gsm Photo Lustre Paper
BindingSide Stitched w/reinforced spine or Side Stitched w/perfect bind; Lay Flat
Lay FlatYes
Fully Customizable LayoutsYes
Layouts/TemplatesFull customization plus pre-made layouts
Image as BackgroundYes
Full Photo CoverYes
Customizable SpineYes - photo and title on imagewrap
Full Photo Back CoverYes
Full Page BleedYes; Also auto 2-page spread
Captions/FontsYes - Use any font on your computer
EmbellishmentsYes - frames, masks, clip art
Download or OnlineDownload
Special Photo ImportingNo
Share OnlineNo
Sell OnlineNo
Photo Editing in ProgramRotate, Flip, Crop, B&W, Sepia, Brighten/Contrast, Vignette
Digital Scrapbooking CompatibleYes

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