Photobooks are a great gift for family members, friends or anyone with whom you want to share pictures of your adventures together. Rather than having a bunch of printed photographs or passing round your iPad, Photobooks lay out images in a way that looks classy and is easy to keep on a shelf.
Here’s our pick of the best photobook services so you can persevere your memories without any hassle.
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Photobox is the best-known photobook company in the UK and Europe. Alongside photobooks it also offers personalised calendars, canvas prints, cards, mugs, and of course photos.
Prices start from £7.99 and the selection of book styles is impressive. From the 13.7 x 13.7cm Little Moments book that contains 25 images, through A4 landscape-format yearbooks, to the luxurious A4 Pro Lay Flat that not only features a special binding that allows the book to open easily and stay that way on a table but also has a personalised spine, extra-thick paper, and presentation box.
If you’re not confident in creating the photobook yourself, there’s the new Photobox Easy Create software, which makes putting together your album very simple indeed. Just choose the style, answer a few questions, then Photobox will do all the work for you. If you’re happy with the results you can order the book as is or use the editing tools to fine tune the whole thing.
If you live in the US, then take a look at Mixbook as it offers a vast choice when it comes to Photobooks. You can select from over 450 templates, with landscape, portrait or square formats, many of which allow you to have soft or hardcovers, dust jackets, and even leather.
Whether it’s for a wedding, a memorable vacation, recording the efforts of a sports team, or a simple collection of memories for a family, Mixbook will have something for you.
Prices start at around $15.99 ( £12.99 for UK buyers who are able to use the service too, but the postage costs can be prohibitive).
Bonus Print is a name that was a regular feature on British high streets for many years. Whereas the demand for printing photos has diminished, the company still offers many services including the creation of Photobooks.
Starting at £9.99, you can build your album and make it your own by selecting the type of cover, binding, the paper used, and of course the layout of all the images. The service offers either an offline editor that you download to your PC or there’s an online one if you prefer to keep things in the cloud. There’s even a smartphone app so you can make your photobook while on the bus or on your lunchbreak.
If you’re looking for choice, then Snapfish has a great range of sizes and style of photobooks. There’s the large 15.5 x 11in landscape hardbacks that cost around £50/$70, down to the 6 x 4in Landscape style that is a more affordable £7.99/$9.99.
As you’d expect, there's a wide selection of templates available – more than 100 in fact – that cover new babies, weddings, travel, family, Christmas, and general collections.
There are even special designs that allow you to create recipe books, family histories (including trees), and personalised story books for the kids.
Another USA-based service sees the world’s most popular shop branch out into photobooks. Amazon now offers the option to create your own photobook with prices starting from $13.99. Simply upload a selection of images into the online interface, make sure the layout matches your taste, then your order will be dispatched.
It’s true that the number of options available doesn’t quite match up to most of the dedicated services, but if you like to keep your shopping all in one place then Amazon is one of the most trusted brands out there.
It’s uncertain if the service will be offered outside the US anytime soon, but Amazon does have a tendency to expand its markets, so we wouldn’t be surprised to find it on the shores of the UK at some point in the future.