There are so many paper options out there in Photobookland when deciding to make your photo book. On the one hand, it’s great – the more options the better right? But on the other hand more options can lead to more confusion. So, what factors should you take into consideration when deciding on what paper to choose?
First off let’s look at the typical paper options a photo book company may offer:
- 100 lb. paper (the standard)
- “upgraded” standard paper
- photo paper
- photo paper mounted on heavy card stock (flush mounts)
- matte paper
- glossy paper
100 lb. paper
Since the time I posted my super duper paper overview, one company – MyPublisher changed their paper, and started offering more options, but at initial glance the paper does not feel much different from the prior one offered (the standard paper weight went up from 115 lb. to 120 lb. I’ll be writing a separate update on that later.)
“Upgraded” standard paper
So that’s it for Part 1, we’ll continue reviewing the rest of the paper options in Part 2 tomorrow and discuss why you may choose one option over another. Stay tuned!
Joe Savage says
All of these sites are for vanity books only, and there is nothing wrong with that. But the illusion that you can “self-publish” is a non-truth, in the actual sense of the words. A photo book costs around $200.00 to “self-publish”. What would my mark-up be? $275 per book? That’s insanely stupid. How in the world are you supposed to sell books? Basically the game these sites are in is publishing novel style tomes. Cheap, newsprint paper, fonts, no photographs, that they can bang out for a few bucks. For authors in the paperback world, these sites are fabulous. Just so you know, I’m in the publishing business for 20 plus years. So I know what I’m talking about. As an aside, an overseas printing company can print a large format coffee table style full color book for around $15-$20 each, minus the shipping. So if you’re a vanity publisher, knock yourself out! But if you really want to publish books, stay far, far away from these rip-offs.
Hello! Thank you for the wonderful info across your site! I am a little confused though – I am looking for the best quality album to make my long overdue wedding album. If you had to do your wedding album all over again, which company would you use and which option would you go for? Budget up to $400. I have a lot of photos so will need an album on the bigger side and also great quality pictures (I have super HI-RES photos from my photographer!)
Any advice/ help is much appreciated!
Thanks again!!! 🙂
I loved my Anza wedding album and my Lake engagement album that I did with MyPhotoCreations/BrideBox. So I didn’t have to do it all over again! 🙂
Check out those reviews on wedding albums here. It’s never too late to make a wedding album!