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Best Photo Books

  1. Mixbook
  2. Shutterfly
  3. York
  4. Vista Print

Photo books are a great way to celebrate weddings, birthdays, new babies, wedding anniversaries, graduations, family reunions, and more. For those on a tight wedding budget, photo books make inexpensive photo albums that can save you hundreds of dollars.

Get Your Photo Book at Mixbook  Today! Traditional photo albums were popular for many years. They were convenient when developing large rolls of film was a common practice. However, with the invention and popularity of digital cameras, photo books have become a popular substitution to the traditional photo album. They provide a very affordable and impressive method of capturing and organizing your memories.

Most photo book websites allow you to choose from a variety of sizes, covers, templates, and the ability to include captions and comments. Some photo book companies provide very attractive photo book options, while others offer just the bare minimum.

Before making your next photo book purchase, you should consider the following items:

  • Template and Cover Selection. Does the photo book company have attractive covers and available templates that reflect your style?
  • Prices. How do the photo book prices compare among other companies? Does that reflect in the quality of the photo book?
  • Customer Service. If you have a question or concern about your photo book purchase, does the company provide helpful customer service assistance? has reviewed and ranked the best photo book companies available today. We hope these reviews help you find the right photo book to preserve your cherished memories!

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Photo Book Reviews

5 stars
Mixbook Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Mixbook provides an easy to use photo book website that allows you to create beautiful memory books that are affordable enough to give as gifts. Their photo books are top-notch and the company has a very good reputation. The quality and beauty of these photo books have earned Moxbook our highest rating. Read More... Visit

3.5 stars


Shutterfly has an impressive history of handling oline photos. We were pleasantly impressed with their photo book offering as well. Read More... Visit

3.5 stars


If you are looking for different photo book sizes that are affordable and easy to build York is worth a shot. We were less impressed with the unclear return policy and the lack of customer service contact options.
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3 stars
Vista Print


Vista Print caters to fast, bulk and inexpensive products. Vista Print might be the right option for some but won't produce high quality photo books that you'll be proud of for years and years to come. Read More... Visit

Why Have Photo Books Become So Popular?

The simple answer to that question lies outside of the photo book itself: Digital photography and a computer.

The days of coming back from a European vacation with a hundred rolls of exposed film and no way of knowing if you got a good photograph of anything is over. After spending many dollars on developing the film, it was normal to fill several traditional photo albums with shots of dubious quality, a time consuming and expensive activity. Few people, aside from yourself, want to see a dozen shots of the Eiffel Tower from different angles. But they will be happy to look at one great photo of the icon on the Seine, especially if it was taken by you. If it is context with other spectacular photos of the City of Light, well, what's not to like?

Digital cameras allow you to click away until you get the image you want. If you know how to use the digital camera, then loading the photographs into your computer is probably easy for you, as well. The final step, creating a photo book, using the best of your best photographs, rather than oodles of ordinary ones, is a simple effort for anyone.

Therein lies the reason for photo books' rising popularity. The books, created from your skill, your eye for composition and your flair for storytelling, provide a way for you, and others, to truly enjoy the event you have experienced. And with the help of photo book companies, you can do it without too great an effort nor too great an expense.

Photo books are a perfect memento for a wealth of occasions, especially since you can determine exactly how many photo book copies you need for yourself and to share.

It goes without saying, the bride and groom will treasure their wedding photo album, but the parents of the couple, would no doubt enjoy a photo book of the event, perhaps with more candid, family shots included than would be in the formal arrangements. A photo book of Mom and Dad's Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary party, with Grandma and Grandad taking a turn on the dance floor, would probably be a best seller if it were available to the whole clan, and with a photo book, it can be.

Photo book services allow a digital photographer to easily manipulate, crop and resize images. They also provide easy access to a wide range of other variables, from backgrounds to photo placement and fonts for captions.

Photo book cover options include spiral bound, soft covers, hard backs, leather bound and dust jackets. Photo books can be created in several different sizes, from 4x6 inches to portfolio sized perfect for display on the coffee table. Choices include photo books which either have page curl and those with lay flat features.

The result is a totally customizable photo book of personal memories.




Extraordinary Customer Service Stories, From Entrepreneurial Success 'Artifact Uprising'

Few businesses in the printed photo goods industry (custom photo books, prints, and related gifts) can say they've been featured on the Today Show and InStyle Magazine, not to mention being selected as one of Oprah's Favorite Things. But Artifact ...

Published:  Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:31:00 GMT

An "Interim Destination' for Paying Tribute to 9/11 Is Getting a Bigger Space

No commemoration. No exhibition. Little signage and less interpretation. Just impenetrable construction barriers, crowded sidewalks, hawkers selling lurid photo books and Harry John Roland, a self-appointed guide whose cry was: "History, don't let it ...

Published:  Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:14:00 GMT

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Digital greetings include digital greeting cards, digital photo books and digital video greetings. The digital video greetings can incorporate members' personal photos, sentiment, video footage, and sound, resulting in a hyper-personalized and special gift.

Published:  Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:52:00 GMT

"My Story Matters' gives refugees gift with lasting impact

Chandler says creating photo books for refugees creates a sense of belonging. "For most of them, these are the only photographs they've ever had," Chandler said. The process starts with volunteers around the same age asking simple questions.

Published:  Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:34:00 GMT

Louis Vuitton Men's Spring 2017

"The style down there is so cool," Jones said during a preview, flicking through photo books by Jackie Nickerson, Pieter Hugo and Frank Marshall, the latter documenting the heavy-metal subculture in Jones's homeland. For his brisk open-air spring ...

Published:  Thu, 23 Jun 2016 03:37:00 GMT

More small firms reach customers via texts

At, which creates photo books, blankets, calendars and other items using people's photos, many customers want to use online chat rather than the phone, marketing director Graham Davis said. That helps the company serve more clients. ...

Published:  Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:04:00 GMT

Residents invited to bring in photos for pictorial history book

Images from the library's archives will also be included in the book. Pediment Publishing has composed photo books for cities across the country, including Madison and Marshfield. "La Crosse's archive is amazing," said Pediment Publishing ...

Published:  Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:35:00 GMT

Flickr Photo Books: A Professional-Quality Way to Print Pictures

The photo-sharing site Flickr made news earlier this year when it rolled out a whopping 1 TB free storage allowance for all users. Now, just in time for the holidays, they have introduced Flickr Photo Books, a new service that turns those snapshots you've ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:00:00 GMT

Self-published photo books to be sold through Amazon

Eileen Gittins, CEO and founder of Blurb - an online platform that allows individuals to design and publish their own photo books - has announced that Blurb users will now be able to sell and distribute their books globally through, even if ...

Published:  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:16:59 GMT

Update: Photo books, the perfect holiday gift

I originally posted the webliography below about create-it-yourself photo books in 2006 amd have updated the list of companies several times. For this 2014 update I am once again seeking the input of readers in comments. My holiday mission, for many years ...

Published:  Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:12:04 GMT




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