Photo book service Printing-1 has its sights on bigger things. It has announced that it is to extend its range of photo books to cover formats as large as 18in across.

Printing-1 creates coffee table photo books from digital photos of people’s holidays, weddings and other memorable events. A whole industry has grown up around the idea of getting people to produce bound photo albums of their digital snaps, rather than simply dumping them on a PC or laptop hard drive where they lay half-forgotten.

Printing-1 reasons that as the resolution of digital photographs increases, it can distinguish itself by "making photo books that literally stand out by their sheer size".

The company now offers both standard format and panoramic prints and these can be used in photo books up to 40cm wide (18in) and 30cm (12in) deep.

The company says that, having extended the maximum page count in its books to 250, it also now offers larger photo books than any other European rival. Its small hardback offering is 16 pages, while softback versions start from 12-pages.

According to research by Printing-1, most standard size 6x4in digital photos never see the light of day as actual prints, whereas the idea of designing and printing your own photo books has caught the public’s imagination.

Online print houses such as PhotoBoxand Snapfish now include photo books as an integral part of their portfolio of offerings, while the likes of BobBooks and Printing-1 specialise in book production.

As well as offering a print-on-demand service for PC and Mac users, Printing-1 lets users share their photos online at

Printing-1 large format photo book service

Printing-1 large format photo book service

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