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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.

Best Photo Books

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!


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.




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Head on over to and take advantage of this amazing deal on Photo Books. Right now, you can save 75% off on select photo books. Hurry, this offer ends at midnight Saturday, December 3rd. While you are at check out these ...

Published:  Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:31:00 GMT

Laura's "First Year in Nashville" Photo Book

I told him I was working on a few photo books "for work" and also suggested we go out to dinner to celebrate our one year "Nash-a-versary" later that week as well. I made sure to finish the book in time for the dinner and casually suggested to him that he ...

Published:  Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:18:00 GMT

Fidel Castro and the Photographers

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Published:  Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:29:00 GMT

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Published:  Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:12:00 GMT

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All of Stitchta's products are sewn and assembled in Washington, DC. (Regularly $68.00, Sale $53.00) 3. Photo books. If you've got the time on your hands, you'll never regret getting this daunting task done. Gone are the days of printing 4 x 6 ...

Published:  Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 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

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The Company's segments include Consumer, Enterprise and corporate. The Consumer segment sells the Company's photo-based products, such as photo books, stationery and greeting cards, other photo-based merchandise, photo prints and also ships, as well as ...

Published:  Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:01:00 GMT

Prime: The photography book of women who make us want to be better women.

While there are plenty of photo books of celebs and notable women on the shelves, what's special about these 130 stunning black-and-white photos of women is that they're all unretouched, with the subjects wearing no jewelry nor a drop of makeup.

Published:  Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT

Where to find the real Portugal in Macau

There's plenty of surrealist poetry here by Pessoa, Portugal's reigning if reclusive literary light, also the best photo books on Macau, academic works in English creeping in as well. There's something about the gentle, modest manner of the bearded young ...

Published:  Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:56:00 GMT

Walgreens Photo~ 75% Off Photo Books

Now through December 3rd, Walgreens Photo is offering 75% Off Photo Books when you use the code BOOKS75DEAL at checkout - and you can use this code up to five times per Walgreens account. Consider ordering five 46 Photo Brag Books and you'll pay $8 ...

Published:  Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:30:00 GMT




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