5 photo book print services to turn your smartphone photos into memories
So why not give special attention to those really memorable shots by putting them in an actual, physical album, you know, just like in the olden days. We know why not, because it’s too much of a hassle. Well, it doesn’t really have to be. There are services that let you pick the album style, the pictures and create the design you want from the comfort of your home and have it shipped directly to your door in a few days. Called photo books, these print on demand albums offer incredible versatility and print quality that will satisfy even professional photographers.
What we find appealing about these services is that you can choose the same style for each of your albums and over time have a nice collection of them that represents all your trips abroad, each of your pets or whatever else you might be into. A photo book can also be a great gift for someone as it's both thoughtful and very personal. You can also use these services to print out your wedding photos without having to pay the price premium that often goes hand-in-hand with every wedding-related service.
That being said, let’s take a look at a few of the best options out there:
Google Photo Books
If you have an Android phone or use Google Photos on your iPhone then Google Photo Books is the most convenient option. Your pictures are likely already backed up on Google’s cloud storage so all you have to do is choose the ones you want to include in the album. You can have either a square crop of a picture taking up the whole page or a square/portrait/landscape photo with white borders around them. You can also add captions to the pages that have white borders. Not much customization available, so you'd have to look further down the list if you want something more unique. A neat feature Google’s app has is that it will warn you if the resolution of the photos you upload is not high enough and that they may look blurry when printed.
- Website: Google Photo Books
- Format: 9x9 inches
- Pages: 20
- Price: $19.99
- Price for additional pages: $0.65
- Website: Amazon Prints
- Format: 8x8 inches
- Pages: 20
- Price: $17.99
- Price for additional pages: $1.00 for 2 pages
Milk Photo Books
- Website:Milk Photo Books
- Format: 7x5.2 inches
- Pages: 40
- Price: $39.00
- Price for additional pages: N/A
Mixbook Photo Books
Mixbook offers a huge variety of photo book styles. It has literally hundreds of themes to choose from to give your album more character and make it feel as a finished book rather than a bunch of printed pictures in a hardcover. You get tons of different layouts, sizes and formats as well. If you have a bunch of time on your hands and want that extra personal touch to your photo book, this is the place to let your creativity go wild.
- Website:Mixbook Photo Books
- Format: 8.5x8.5 inches
- Pages: 20
- Price: $29.99
- Price for additional pages: $1.39
Shutterfly is another service that lets you customize your photo book with backgrounds, layouts and caption styles. A unique feature it offers is let one of the website’s designers create the album for you based on the theme of the pictures you’ve sent them. You can then decide if you want to change something and only pay the $9.99 design fee if you order the photo book. Of course, you can also do it yourself using the provided design tools.
Format: 8x8 inches
Price for additional pages: $1.39