Photo Book Publisher Reviews

In the Cranky Consumer column of the Jan. 2nd Wall Street Journal four Photo Book Companies were evaluated.  They were Blurb.Com’s Bookify,’s Simple Publisher,’s BookGenie and’s Simple Path.  There were pluses and minuses with each service.

They felt that “Picaboo allows the most customization of layouts and the book was the best of the four services.”   I noticed that it was also cheaper than the other three companies.

Blurb was noted as having the best quality of photos and easy to place captions.

My Publisher  was praised for the ability of the user to “chat” with company about questions and the traditional look of the product.

Shutterfly was praised for the various templates and the simplicity of using  the product.  Photo quality was judged ok .  Second cheapest service.

I haven’t checked it out but HP is advertizing Photo Creations at   You can create a photo book in just 3 minutes (it claims)


4 thoughts on “Photo Book Publisher Reviews

  1. I am not sure this is the way to access the blog but here goes
    I was very excited about getting started on a photo book for my son. Then realized that the majority of the photos I wanted to use were film photos, film proofs and slides as well as a few paper pages from an older scrap book. Can you download these non-digital photos and proofs into a photo book? What about pictures/scans of a page from an scrapbook. If so, how would you proceed or where would I go to get instructions? Thanks AK

    • Hi Andrea. What you’d need to do is have your film photos, proofs and slides scanned, which converts them to a digital image, a JPG. Once you have the digital images you’ll be able to create the photo book. I know Rockbrook Camera will do this locally. They have information and prices on their website:

      As far as the pages from your scrap book, those can be scanned to a digital image as well. I’m not sure who would take care of that for you locally. You might call Kinkos and ask them.

      Maybe someone else in the club will have some ideas for you. Hope this gets you started. If you have more questions, feel free to ask. 🙂

  2. I looked at a number of photo book companies. The PDF files I sent to Blurb were reformatted there and had a slight red-shift that was just not acceptable. And, it was still pricey per volume. I finally decided to print my own images on MOAB Lasal dual semigloss 330 paper. I love the images and the touch of the pages. I had the book bound at Capitol Bindery in Omaha. It is quite satisfying, though it will never hit the “mass market”. It is truly a work of art.

    I think there are several places that could do an outstanding job if you want to print 500 copies and/or spend $5000, but for a limited production high quality product, a quality archival printer with heavy archival paper and a custom bindery are hard to beat.


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