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09/19/2006 01:52:11 AM · #1
A fellow photographer sent me here and said it is awesome quality. Anyone ever get one done by them or something similar?
09/19/2006 02:39:30 AM · #2
" Who can order an Asukabook?
Asukabooks are available to professional photographers and designers creating books for resale or promotions. We do not sell directly to consumers. When you submit your application for an account, we verify your business status. Please contact us if you have any questions or are unsure if your business qualifies."

I'm interested too in those books , they could be a nice gift and X-mas is just over the corner lol.

I only have heard about some people happy with My publisher here's the link , but can't say nothing about quality.

09/19/2006 04:39:23 AM · #3
I did one for my parents using //www.snapfish.com It certainly isn't a professional book that you could sell for money but the images were on glossy paper and looked true to my submitted images. They had a variety of layouts and small bits of text can be entered. It also had different covers to choose form. I was very pleased with the quality and would probably use them again for an informal book. My parents were VERY pleased with it.

Have you searched the forums yet? I know there has been a ton of talk about book making companies around the world. I can't seem to find them right now but will look.

Good luck.
09/19/2006 11:14:27 AM · #4
I had one made by Apple using their proprietary software (iPhoto). The quality was really good, except after about a week the room temp got so hot that the ink started melting and the pages stuck together.
09/19/2006 11:16:57 AM · #5
my wife made one for me for father's day out of some of my photos using photoworks.com. we were very unhappy with the quality of the finished product...

still... it was a thoughtful gift, though. ;)
09/19/2006 11:18:12 AM · #6
I just made one about two weeks ago, I shot my first wedding and just got the photo book in the mail and the book and quality is awesome. I ordered my book through //www.picaboo.com . . . they only have PC software so I had to go over and use my dads PC.

But the book turned out awesome, they were very pleased with it also.
09/19/2006 11:20:15 AM · #7
I have made a number of photo books through Shutterfly.com. I was very happy with the results and so far the people I have given them to have been very happy. Good luck.
09/19/2006 11:23:35 AM · #8
I've done several with iPhoto on the mac with great results. You can get the same book on a Windows client from

//www.mypublisher.com

Try the really big book, it's awesome. We usually get the 8.5x11 with the linen cover, We've also made some small soft cover books for the kid to take to school.

Quality is great.
09/19/2006 11:26:14 AM · #9
Have done one with Bonusprint. Had to down load their software to create it, then it uploads a file when complete. Wasn't too impressed with it though.

Should have one arriving today/tomorrow from Photobox.co.uk that is for my brother to give as a wedding gift - It is of some photos I recently took at a friend of ours' wedding. Hopefully this one will be better...
09/19/2006 11:30:32 AM · #10
I've been a DPC member since 2001 and an avid photographer for some time......

Somewhat by chance, 5 years later I happen to be running the photobook business at Hewlett-packard in europe....actually, I am responsible for selling large digital printing machines (called Indigo Digital Presses) to photo companies who print photobooks for consumers.

The market is booming and the providers are getting more and more numerous. Snapfish and asukanet mentioned above both use HP Indigo technology and generally provide very good output. In europe you can create books with personalised covers on sites like fotobuch.de and albumprinter.com.

I've been thinking about tying up some photobooks sites with DPC....maybe I should do that ? I'm sure several providers would be interested to get passionate photographers like dpc'ers using their photobook solutions.

What do y'all think ?
09/19/2006 11:37:14 AM · #11
Originally posted by scarbrd:

I've done several with iPhoto on the mac with great results. You can get the same book on a Windows client from

//www.mypublisher.com

Try the really big book, it's awesome. We usually get the 8.5x11 with the linen cover, We've also made some small soft cover books for the kid to take to school.

Quality is great.


I haven't managed to find this site before! This does look nice, with the cheaper pocket book option too!

I might just have to download that software and have a play tonight!
09/19/2006 11:38:30 AM · #12
Originally posted by chakkobbo:


I've been thinking about tying up some photobooks sites with DPC....maybe I should do that ? I'm sure several providers would be interested to get passionate photographers like dpc'ers using their photobook solutions.

What do y'all think ?


I think it would be great, though the books would have to be top quality...
09/19/2006 11:40:58 AM · #13
I am an Asuka customer as well as graphistudio. I use them for my wedding customers. That being said, it depends on what kind of book you want to make. I have also used Winkflash to make small coffee table books. They are inexpensive and actually quite nice. You can either design the pages into collage pages like Asuka or you can simply upload each image and do a full bleed. I also use Lulu to make proofbooks for my customers. These can either be hard cover or soft cover. The hard cover takes much longer to receive. I just got one it took about 4 weeks for it to arrive but it was really nice. The back cover was an image and it was very nice. I loved how it felt. But, if you are rushed do no do hard cover. The soft cover I usually get back in about a week and half from the time that I order it. The image quality for the prints is much nicer than it is on the screen. It is a proof book so the images are not as they would be in an Asuka book but as a way for them to have all of the images in one location for proofing, it works. My customers actually love them and end up buying at least 3 copies. Not sure if this helps, but here you go.

Message edited by author 2006-09-19 11:42:36.
09/19/2006 11:44:48 AM · #14
Regarding quality of photobooks. It does vary quite a bit depending on print technology used.

I don't want to boast too much, but HP Indigo Digital Presses are blessed by having a unique ink technology that is very similar to offset printing, which means you get a very smooth and good quality. This is different from the traditional "xerography" technology used by our competitors.

In the UK, photobox will be moving their production to HP Indigo right now - so I'm not sure if album you mentioned above is printed on our competitors technology our the new HP machines they have...

In the UK, in addition to Photobox, you can also try:

//www.yophoto.co.uk
//www.cewecolor.co.uk
//www.create-a-gift.co.uk

The good news is that roughly 75% of all providers use the HP Indigo technology, so hopefully it will meet your expectations.

Also, note that the typical DPC'r will be much more sensitive to quality than the average consumer, so depending on how demanding you are it may not be up to your standards, but then remember you couldn't create and print your own book for 30 $ or euro until very recently. So things will get better and better!

If you visit photokina next week, come by the HP booth and ask for me (I will be very busy but happy to show you the technology)!
09/19/2006 12:27:33 PM · #15
I have used Asuka (v good, but pricey) and am currently awaiting a couple of the large mypublisher.com books (one of which is a test book to test the settings and colour reproduction). I will provide comments on the mypublisher.com book compared to Asuka when it arrives.
09/19/2006 01:01:23 PM · #16
I had one made for my sister's wedding album.

I used Cornerstone. I was happy with the results and my sister was delighted.

I used Adobe InDesign to do the page layout and then exported everything as CMYK jpegs at 300dpi to have the right input for their process.

You don't need to spend more on their layout software (just Photoshop Actions really), but you do have to follow their guidelines.
09/19/2006 09:39:48 PM · #17
Originally posted by TomFoolery:

A fellow photographer sent me here and said it is awesome quality. Anyone ever get one done by them or something similar?


Man, those are sweet books. I like that you can use Photoshop to design the books.
09/19/2006 10:44:19 PM · #18
Originally posted by bttrist:

I have made a number of photo books through Shutterfly.com. I was very happy with the results and so far the people I have given them to have been very happy. Good luck.


ditto... they gave me one for free, and i couldn't have been happier with the quality. i'll definitely pay for one in the future.
09/20/2006 03:57:56 AM · #19
My Photobox book came through yesterday as expected.

Quality was much better than the Bonusprint book I had done previously, though still not as nice as I would like.
I only paid £13 ish, including postage though as they currently have a "40% off" offer on them until end of September, I suppose I can't really complain!

AL.
09/20/2006 12:55:35 PM · #20
Thanks for everyone thoughts and suggestions...it really pays to ask here first before you do anything.

Clint
09/20/2006 01:42:31 PM · #21
Quick comment on myPublisher.
I just bought one about a year ago.
They are cheap, and acceptable, but by no means excellent quality.
The paper is thin and the images seemed like color laser jet prints, little more than my cheap inkjet at home.

I'd love heavier stock with Asuka print quality for MyPublisher prices!
12/04/2008 06:56:00 AM · #22
I can suggest //www.smilebooks.com. Iíve been using their services for couple of my family events and I am really happy with quality of the photo books, customization of templates, color options and I feel they are affordable as well.
12/04/2008 11:12:03 PM · #23
While I have not used them myself, I have heard that Blurb makes some very nice books, and the prices are very reasonable.

_Nathanael
12/04/2008 11:55:36 PM · #24
I am another Shutterfly book buyer and very happy with the results. The pages seem to have a good heavy quality and beautiful colors. I did one for my daughter's wedding album, one for a trip album and a smaller 8x8 for a recent boudoir session for a friend who wanted a book to give to her hubby for Christmas.

They have templates you can use, but I simply design my whole page in Photoshop (as well as the front and back covers.)
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