Over the holidays I composed a book that detailed my brother’s journey to drawing ‘Monkey and Dee’. I used Photobook Canada because I bought a Groupon for a 6×6 Softcover Review. (I also made a 11×11 hardcover version for Benny, but it’s with him and not with me. I can still make some comparisons though).
Now that it’s here. I’m going to do a little review.
I edited the very first image so you can’t see the bleed from the other page. However, the above picture is what it looks like in person. The cover even feels slightly thinner than the photo pages themselves. I made a Blurb Softcover book a few years ago for my brother and the cover was definitely thicker than the pages. The thinness of this cover makes it feel cheap, like I used regular paper and created a prototype book.
I only just got it so I can’t attest to its longevity. It looks like it’s glued, which the Blurb book was also. However, what was lacking was the software dictating how much space I should leave so text is legible near the binding. I left a little bit of leeway near the binding but that wasn’t enough.
The hardcover 11×11 mode visually shows you where the bend is so I could properly account for it (even then it was a bit close), but the hardcover also uses sewn binding so you can actually open the book wider and see text closer to the binding.
It’s a little high. It’s a little higher than the software said it would be. I made a ‘Photobook Canada’ hardcover book in the past and spine text was a little too low. I guess I over-compensated.
They are thick and nicely laminated. The quality feels high, except the fact that there’s so much bleed through the pages. The text is sharp. Blurb’s pages (Premium Lustre) were thinner, but still glossy yet didn’t have a laminated feel. It’s a matter of preference in this case.
I didn’t see an option to remove this page. Might be an issue if you try to make a professional-looking photo book.
I bought my Groupon for $7. It seemed like such a great deal until I realized shipping was $9. Still, I can’t complain as generally it’s pretty cheap to make a book with them.
For softcover books I would stick with Blurb. I was very happy with the quality. Mind you, I last did a softcover book with them 6 years ago. For Photobook Canada, their price is very good (there’s always a sale – just watch out for shipping cost!), but I would only do hardcover books with them. I would also allow greater bind allowance than what the software shows, even for the hardcover books. Between Blurb and Photobook, if cost weren’t an issue, I’d still go with Blurb. That’s mainly because I’m biased towards the only option Photobook Canada still doesn’t offer: Dust Jackets.
I have still yet to try other photobook printing companies.