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Welcome to Photobook America as the newest addition to our photo book database. The company is the 27th photo book printer added to the Photo Book Wizard – PhotoBookGirl’s exclusive detailed and searchable database of software and photo books. See the quick specs and software review on our Photobook America Review page.
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 haven’t had the chance to print a book yet with Photobook America, but from a look at their website, 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 to the 100 lb. normally offered as the standard here in the U.S.
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.
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 8×6 and go up to $360.00 for an 80-page Professional Series XL Landscape book at a whopping 17.5×12 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.
Now is the best time to try Photobook America – lately, the company has been marketing their photo books on GROUPON at 70% off. Note that there is a current August promotion of 45% off. If you can combine the two, that would be some silly kind of savings. I can’t confirm right now that you’ll be able to use both promotions, but since Groupons are often entered as gift certificates while other discounts like the 45% off deal are often entered as promo codes, theoretically you should be able to use both. (Note that folks were able to do that with the Picaboo Groupon that was offered before, but that’s not to say it would be the same here.) I will try it before 8/31 and will let you know if it worked for me. Note that according to the terms I saw on Groupon, you have to use the entire certificate in one order and you can only buy a single book or multiple copies of the same book on a single Groupon (that’s apparently because one book is uploaded at a time.) Please read all the terms there before buying.
(Update: Photobook America (unlike the Picaboo Groupon) unfortunately does not allow you to combine their current promo with the Groupon. It was worth a try right?)
Okay enough chatter – this Groupon can only be purchased today (8/18) but won’t expire for another 2 years.
***ONE DAY ONLY*** (Update: 8/26/2010 Photobook America Groupon is available from another city TODAY!)***Click for details!
The amazing 70% off Photobook America Groupon is available today (8/19) for New York. You pay $35 to get a $115 gift certificate. As with all Groupons, you have only 1 day to buy (12mid EST). You have 2 years to use it. Doesn’t matter that you’re not in NY since this is an online service.
1) Click on the graphic ad below or any of the Groupon text links above which will take you directly to the deal.
If that doesn’t work for you follow the steps below:
1) Click on the ad or links above. If you’re not taken directly to the deal, look for the “Visit More Cities” just to the right of the big GROUPON logo at the top center of the page;
2) Select “New York”
3) Buy your Groupon!
CURRENT AUGUST PROMO
Photobook America is offering 45% off all their photo books!
Coupon Code: AUG45US
Deal Expires: 8/31/2010