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Any suggestions for a cheap photo book?

I have been shooting a project for the past 6 months and would really like to create an inexpensive, portfolio-type book for my subjects to have. Basically, I will need to order by volume (probably about 50-80 books to hand out) and it needs to be done cheaply. I’m thinking about 30 images max, black and white, nicely printed with a soft back… something you could give someone as a gift so they can see all of the images you’ve taken of them. Unfortunately, I might have to sell them to my subjects, which I hate to do, but I can’t really afford to get 80 books made out of pocket. I would only charge them production costs (something like $10 a piece would be ideal), and that way everyone could afford to buy one.

Any suggestions on what company to go to for this? Perhaps there is a way to do it online?


by [a former member] at 2010-03-02 18:07:41 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

www.blurb.com Their print quality is lower than offset but their books are cheap.


by [former member] | 02 Mar 2010 19:03 | FOB Shank, Afghanistan | | Report spam→
Hello Erin,

I really like the small format (A5), softcover books you can generate out of Aperture.
They are quite inexpensive and the quality is good, at least here in Europe.

Kind regards,


by frank temmerman | 02 Mar 2010 19:03 | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
These are a bit cheaper than blurb ($12.95 for a 7×7 softcover) Different quality, but to keep you under $10 each: http://www.apple.com/ilife/iphoto/print-products.html

Medium softcover

Size: 8×6 inches, 20 pages (10 sheets)
Price: USD $9.99

I made little mini give-aways, they looked fine.

by [former member] | 03 Mar 2010 14:03 | on the road, United States | | Report spam→
Blurb has a new 12″ × 12″ image-wrapped, hardcover book…looks a lot nicer that the price tag would suggest. And they are offering free shipping code until March 22nd. Here’s a copy and paste from the email that came yesterday:

  • USD $ promo code: WESHIP
  • GBP £ promo code: WESHIP2
  • EUR € promo code: WESHIP3

The offer is valid through March 22, 2010 and covers Ground/Economy shipping costs for up to $7.99, £3.99, or €5.99 with up to five books in one order, shipped to one address. This offer is good for one-time use and cannot be combined with other promotional codes or used for adjustments on previous orders.

Whatever you choose, enjoy making it. It continues to amaze me how people respond to images in a book…

by Tamara Gentuso | 05 Mar 2010 16:03 | | Report spam→
the asmp new york chapter did a test of a ton of pod vendors. the results are on their blog “sharpen”

by Aaron Lee Fineman | 07 Mar 2010 02:03 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
I just did a couple books through Aperture/Apple… I included some photos and pricing info in a recent blog post:


by Shawn | 08 Mar 2010 20:03 (ed. Mar 8 2010) | Washington, United States | | Report spam→
Surprizingly good quality can be found on the Adorama books (w 17th st., ny).. they really do a very good job

by David Burnett | 17 Mar 2010 13:03 | Washington DC, United States | | Report spam→
I 2nd David on Adorama, had some small books of specific projects made, and a large portfolio and the results were great as long as you are calibrated. Well worth the price

by Jeremy M. Lange | 17 Mar 2010 17:03 | Durham, North Carolina, United States | | Report spam→
Why USA and not http://www.twpsin.com?

by Willem de Lange | 18 Mar 2010 07:03 | Port Elizabeth, South Africa | | Report spam→
Have a look at Magcloud – they print on an 11×17 sheet folded in half to make an 8.5×11 magazine. It’s quite cheap – .20/page. Not sure if there’s a bulk discount. The quality is pretty good though.

by Jonathan Lipkin | 18 Mar 2010 13:03 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
I used MyPublisher for my photobook “American Tour” (www.mvlimbert.com/AmTourCover.html). Like all print-on-demand books, the quality is OK, not super stunning. Price (with discount codes) came out to around $20 per 58-page 5 × 6.25″ book. (Made it to the final nomination stage of 2009 New York Photo Festival Awards…)

by Michael Limbert | 19 Mar 2010 14:03 | Detroit, United States | | Report spam→
Do not use SP Gallery Books – http://spgallerybooks.com/ They took over from Fast Back Books- I have just canceled by order after a month shenanigans – and no book – remarkably bad and un-professional behavior.

by adam nadel | 25 Nov 2010 00:11 | united states, United States | | Report spam→
MyPublisher gives lovely results, could also try Photobox…

by Mayeta Clark | 25 Nov 2010 22:11 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
I agree mypublisher.com is very reliable and good quality work I had a few book made up with them and was very happy with the results

by Oscar Rivera | 01 Dec 2010 16:12 | Long Island City , United States | | Report spam→
Erin I am in the process of doing a short run on a book and found this article in a copy of the BJP I have. It’s quite informative. Blurb seems to get a good write up.


I have also included a few other articles that you may find interesting.




by [former member] | 04 Dec 2010 20:12 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Blurb’s Premium Lustre paper option is stunning. I’ve been blown away by the quality.

http://photohumourist.com for a good example.

by Paul Treacy | 05 Dec 2010 09:12 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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