It’s inevitable. You dust your bookshelf, the dust returns. You wash the dishes and another glass appears in the sink. We’ve all heard that cleaning your house is an exercise in futility. Similarly, cleaning up the massive database of over 300 photo books (all entered by hand by the way!) can be pretty tedious, but we try to do our best to keep information as current as possible. That takes away from “fun project” time, but it must be done. Thus, I push on… just so you can find the perfect photo book for your project!
Here’s some changes that we’ve updated in the database:
1) Pixable has changed its business model. I don’t see any options to print photo books anymore – looks like they are concentrating on online photo albums versus the physical ones, so I’ve updated the database to reflect the changes.
2) American Greetings Photoworks also closed its online business a few months ago and sold it to Shutterfly. If you had a Photoworks account, you had an option to move your albums over to Shutterfly and get a $30 credit. So, you won’t see any Photoworks books in the database anymore.
Additionally, companies change prices (sometimes the prices actually drop! gasp!), add new offerings, drop book sizes, and add new book styles, so I circle back periodically to make sure that we have good and current information, but nobody’s perfect, so if you happen to see that we need to update anything please drop me a line and I’ll get on it…
How To Find the Perfect Photo Book
I know some of you have been on this photo book journey with me for some time now, but some of you are new readers. There are actually a lot of resources on this site that can help you find the perfect book for your project. There is no”one size fits all” – you may have a $200.00 budget for a book, or you may want to spend only $30.00. We’ve designed tools on the site in order to help you narrow down the options.
Photo Book Wizard
This tool is fun and easy. In three steps you will get a list of possible companies to print your book. You can even enter the number of pages you’re anticipating and get the price of the book as compared with similar books across companies. Click here to Try the Wizard!
Photo Book Software Wizard
If you know you have “must have” features, this tool will weed out the companies that don’t offer what you’re looking for. Click here to Try the Software Wizard!
For more details on the other photobook tools on the site check out this post and video tutorial!
If you haven’t checked out my “How To” series on photobooking I definitely recommend you check it out. I have thirteen posts there and counting!
NEW Photo Book Company Comparison Chart
Just recently we added a comparison chart that lists key features of each company. Also on that page are links to my comparison posts, where I match up different photo book companies and compare paper specs. Click here to check out my Photobook Company Comparison chart!
So, that’s what we’ve been up to here in Photobookland (that and changing diapers!) Lots more coming up so stay tuned!