MyPublisher vs Shutterfly Comparison

2017 Update: MyPublisher will be closing down as of May 8, 2017. 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.

2013 Update: Shutterfly has bought out MyPublisher. MyPublisher still offers photo books but calendar, card and canvas orders are now directed to Shutterfly.

MyPublisher and Shutterfly are two well-known companies in the photo book industry. MyPublisher began offering photo books in 1995 and in more recent years, added on custom photo cards, calendars, canvas prints and scrapbook pages. Shutterfly was founded four years later. The company currently offers an ever expanding choice of custom photo gifts as well as photo sharing websites.

In terms of photo book offerings, MyPublisher's product line includes both softcover and hardcover landscape oriented photo books. Paper upgrades and lay-flat options are some of the features available. Shutterfly's product line includes softcover and hardcover photo books in square and landscape orientation. Shutterfly also offers two different lay-flat upgrades, hinged binding and a deluxe seamless lay flat binding, as well as a premium photo book line featuring genuine leather starting at $144.99.

In terms of software, MyPublisher's is downloaded while Shutterfly's resides online. Both allow for full-customization of page layouts. Shutterfly's is more digital scrapbooking friendly, featuring a number of attractive pre-made designer themes with lots of clip art and embellishments. MyPublisher's themes in contrast are typically more clean lined. Its themes focus more on photo layouts instead of clip art and additional design elements, so it just depends on your personal taste and type of project you're looking to make. Basically in short, if you're looking for a lot of fancy backgrounds and do-dads Shutterfly is your choice. If you favor clean design with mostly photos and a few captions, either company will work, but streamlined design is more a strength of MyPublisher's.

(Update 10/2013: MyPublisher has just started to offer a selection of clip art, but not as extensive as Shutterfly's.)

In terms of print quality, in my opinion MyPublisher's colors appear more accurate and more vibrant than Shutterfly's and I like having paper options. MyPublisher's deluxe paper is one of my favorites in terms of thickness and finish. With that said however, both companies are very good when it comes to print quality and I print books with both companies on a frequent basis. For me, the choice often comes down to the type of book I'm making. If I happen to see a cute book theme I like, I go with Shutterfly. It's very easy to drag and drop photos into a pre-made Shutterfly template and end up with a very nice photo book. If I want the focus to be on the photos, I choose MyPublisher. Additionally, whichever company is offering a deal is also a factor for me. If you prefer to stick with one company for all your custom photo gift needs (you want to upload your photos once and be able to create lots of different types of photo products), then Shutterfly will probably be the better choice for you as they have a larger product line.

This is intended to be just a general overview. I've written about both Shutterfly and MyPublisher extensively including specific reviews and photos of new features and new products. You'll find links to those reviews at the bottom of this page as well as the latest deals from both companies below.

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Quick Specs for MyPublisher vs. ShutterflyNew to photo books? Learn the lingo

 
Book TypeHardcover & SoftcoverHardcover & Softcover
Book ShapeLandscape Landscape & Square
Types of CoversDie Cut Linen or Leather, Dust Jacket, Full Photo CoverFull Photo Cover, Fabric, Leather, Suede, Satin, Cloth, Padded, Glossy and Matte options
Min/Max Pages20 - 10020 - 110
Paper120 lb. (Classic); 170 lb. (Deluxe); Super Gloss65 lb glossy acid free, lignin free, archival paper stock (110 lb acid free softcover covers); photo paper (lay flat)
BindingHardcover - case bound; Softcover - perfect boundProfessionally bound (glued) hardcovers / Perfect bound softcovers
Lay FlatYesYes
Fully Customizable LayoutsYesYes
Themes10100+ themes
Layouts/Templates200+270+ layouts, unlimited with customization
Backgrounds30+ colors (depends on theme)Yes
Image as BackgroundYesYes
Full Photo CoverYesYes
Customizable SpineYesYes
Full Photo Back CoverYesYes
Full Page BleedYesYes
Captions/FontsCan use your own fonts30 fonts in 60 colors
EmbellishmentsYesYes
Mac/PCBothBoth
Download or OnlineDownloadOnline
Special Photo ImportingNoiPhoto
Share OnlineYesYes
Sell OnlineNoYes - friends & family may buy; pro gallery
CollaborationNoYes
LogoYes (can pay to remove)Yes - on last interior page
Photo Editing in ProgramRotate, Size, Auto-EnhanceRotate, Zoom, Red eye, B&W, Color tone, Saturate, Soft focus, Vivid Pics, Fade
Digital Scrapbooking CompatibleNoYes
  See my MyPublisher review. There are 20 photo books available from MyPublisher, with sizes ranging from 3.5x2.75 to 15x11.5. See my Shutterfly review. Shutterfly offers 25 photo books, ranging in size from 7x5 to 12x12.


Current deals from MyPublisher and Shutterfly

Get a Free 8x11 Wall Calendar (NEW customers)

Coupon Code: CALENDARNEW

Deal Expires: 9/30/2019

Offer is good for one free 12-month wall calendar (8x11 size) through shutterfly.com, mobile-friendly site. Valid only for new Shutterfly customers (those who have never purchased from Shutterfly). Offer cannot be redeemed more than once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Customer may add StorytellingTM styles at additional cost. Not valid on other sizes, other products, prepaid plans, prior purchases and purchases made on the Shutterfly apps.

New customers! FREE PHOTO BOOK! 8 x 8 Hardcover Book

Coupon Code: BOOKNEW19

Deal Expires: 9/30/2019

FREE 20-standard page 8x8 hard photo cover photo book through shutterfly.com, mobile-friendly site, Shutterfly Photo Story for iPad app or Shutterfly app (photo book offer not available on the Android app. Upgrade option not available on the iPhone app). Valid only on your first purchase from Shutterfly. Free photo book offer will be applied to your order before any code-based %-off promos. Free photo book offer can only be redeemed once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Other cover types, additional pages, StorytellingTM styles, etc may be added to the current book for an additional fee. Or apply the current price of a 20-standard page 8x8 hard photo cover photo book (after taking into account any current discounts on shutterfly.com) toward the purchase of a larger photo book.

Free standard shipping on TinyPrints orders of $10+

Coupon Code: TPSHIP

Deal Expires: 6/30/2019

One free economy and standard shipping on Tiny Prints orders of $10 or more (after any other discounts and before taxes, shipping and handling) shipped within the U.S. only through tinyprints.com, our mobile-friendly site or the Shutterfly app. Taxes will apply. See site for more details.

25% off at Shutterfly with code

Coupon Code: 25OFF2019

Deal Expires: 6/30/2019

25% off qualifying merchandise orders through shutterfly.com, our mobile-friendly site or Shutterfly apps. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply.

5 FREE Wedding Invitation Samples!

Coupon Code: 5WEDINVITES

NEW Customers: 50 FREE 4 x 6 prints, One FREE Magnet and One FREE set Address Labels!

Coupon Code: Click to sign up!

New Customers Get 50 Free 4x6 Prints, One Free Magnet, and One Free Set of Address Labels! Offer expires 30 calendar days from the time of registration (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for 50 free 4x6 prints, one free magnet and one free set of address labels through shutterfly.com or our mobile-friendly site. Promo can only be redeemed once per account and/or billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Not valid on other print sizes, glass and stationery magnets, prepaid plans, other products, prior purchases, orders placed for in-store pick up and orders made on the Shutterfly apps.

50 FREE PRINTS! For new customers!

Coupon Code: At Shutterfly site, click on "sign up" at top right.

50 FREE 4 x 6 prints at Shutterfly! Shipping and handling apply.

Shutterfly Special Offers. Save up to 50% on selected items such as photo books, calendars, wall art, photo gifts, and more.

Offers change frequently, so be sure to check back often!


Reviews from the blog

Q&A: MyPublisher is Closed - Where Should I Print My Photo Books? A Comparison of MyPublisher and Shutterfly

MyPublisher FREE Extra Pages is Back! Plus Giveaway Winners Announced

MyPublisher Closing Down - Your Questions Answered and a Farewell Giveaway

MyPublisher Premium Album Flush Mount and Design Service Review

Photo Book Girl's Top 6 Travel Photo Book Design Tips

Photo Book Girl's 5th Anniversary MyPublisher Premium Album Giveaway (U.S. & Canada) & Flush Mount Review (CLOSED)

Coming Soon! Exclusive Freebie for Photo Book Girl Newsletter Subscribers!

Exclusive MyPublisher Coupon Code for Father's Day & Graduation Photo Books

MyPublisher Exclusive 70% off Photo Book Deal Back for Mother's Day

The Ultimate Lay Flat Photo Book Comparison Guide - A Book for Every Budget (Updated 2017)

Disney Wonder Photo Books - A Multi-Volume Set

MyPublisher 2013 Giveaway Winners Plus FREE Photo Book

MyPublisher Black Friday 2013 Giveaway Plus Exclusive Photo Book Coupon Codes

The Mother of All Giveaways Winner Announced! A Full Year of Photo Books from MyPublisher

The Mother of All Giveaways - A Year of Photo Books Dream Prize Package from MyPublisher

Third Anniversary MyPublisher $100 Giveaway Winners Plus Exclusive Canvas and Photo Book Coupon Codes 2013 (ENDED))

Third Anniversary MyPublisher $100 Giveaway Winners Plus Exclusive Canvas and Photo Book Coupon Codes 2013 (ENDED))

MyPublisher Canvas Review Part 2 - Print Quality & Exclusive MyPublisher Coupon Codes

MyPublisher Canvas Review Part 2 - Print Quality & Exclusive MyPublisher Coupon Codes

Photo Book Girl Turns Three! New Canvas Print Deals & MyPublisher Giveaway & Canvas Review (International) (ENDED)

Photo Book Girl Turns Three! New Canvas Print Deals & MyPublisher Giveaway & Canvas Review (International) (ENDED)

Dream Wedding Guest Book MyPublisher Giveaway 2012 Winners!

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)]

PhotoBookGirl Turns Two! MyPublisher 2012 Giveaway Winners Announced!

PhotoBookGirl Turns Two! Let's Celebrate with a MyPublisher 2012 Giveaway! (ENDED)

MyPublisher GIVEAWAY (10 prizes!) Plus Review of Super Gloss Paper (ENDED)

Multi-Volume Photo Books - Make a Series

Lay Flat MyPublisher Photo Book Review & A Lay Flat Photo Book Comparison

MyPublisher Deluxe Photo Book Review - Make Your Own Custom Pages for your Photo Book

MyPublisher & Best Buy - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE deal

A Review of MyPublisher's Photo Finish Hardcover

DIY Wedding Photo Ideas for the Big Day - Creative Tips on Showcasing your Engagement Photos (Wedding Guest Book)

Quick Reviews of MyPublisher's New Photo Finish Cover & HotBook #2 at Flickr

New MyPublisher Software

Blurb vs Mpix Review - Make Your Own Affordable Wedding Photo Book - A Bride-to-Bride Guide (with Pictures) Part II

A Review of Photo Book Printing Companies that I've Used: Blurb vs. MyPublisher vs. Snapfish vs. Mpix

Snapfish vs MyPublisher Review - Make Your Own Affordable Wedding Photo Book - A Bride-to-Bride Guide (with Pictures) Part I

Deck the Halls with Your Own Photos - Best Custom Photo Ornaments for the Holidays

Photo Book Girl's Annual Holiday Photo Card Guide Best Deals & Tips 2018

Photo Book Girl's Mother's Day and Father's Day Gift Guide 2018

Q&A: MyPublisher is Closed - Where Should I Print My Photo Books? A Comparison of MyPublisher and Shutterfly

PBG Reader Alert: TinyPrints Moving to Shutterfly June 27, 2017

MyPublisher Closing Down - Your Questions Answered and a Farewell Giveaway

The Ultimate Lay Flat Photo Book Comparison Guide - A Book for Every Budget (Updated 2017)

Make Your Own Personalized ABC Book

How Should I Backup My Photos? Photo Sharing Sites - Part II

Shutterfly Deals of the Day For July 2013

Shutterfly Giveaway Winner Announced Plus More Shutterfly Deals

Shutterfly Giveaway for PhotoBookGirl Readers - $100 Value! (International) ENDED

Shutterfly Lay Flat Photo Book Review 2013 - Valentine's Baby Photo Book Gift

Shutterfly Holiday Card Review 2012

Shutterfly Photo Book Review 2012 Custom Path Update

My Shutterfly Photo Book Review - Hardcover 8x8

My Shutterfly Softcover Photo Book Review



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