Best option for large photo book

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  1. needtoplan

    needtoplan Mouseketeer

    Apr 13, 2011
    Ok, Mother's day is coming up, and I have been wanting to do a photobook for my mom with pics of her and all her grandkids now for several years. I have a lot of pics (300ish) I would like to include. My question is, which company is best for a large book, that could include lots of pictures, that won't break the bank, but is still good quality? Shutterfly? Snapfish? Never had a photobook created before. Thanks in advance for all the advice and a heads up on any promos.
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  3. Elleshoodat

    Elleshoodat DIS Veteran

    Nov 27, 2010
    I've never made one quite that big (300 photos), but I've had success with Shutterfly. They often run promos for free books -- 8x8, I think, which regularly run $29.99. I'll see the codes posted here; in fact, there was one that expired earlier this week.

    If you have iPhoto, the books you can order through it are really nice, too.
  4. amylevan

    amylevan DIS Veteran

    Aug 31, 2005
    I've used a few different companies, and in my opinion, the best quality is shutterfly.

    The book prices are for 20 pages, and then you will page for each extra page beyond that.
  5. My3Princez

    My3Princez DIS Veteran

    Aug 3, 2011
    783 all the way! Their quality is fantastic! Go ahead and pay for the Hardcover Imagewrap - you won't regret it.
  6. emilymad

    emilymad DIS Veteran

    Sep 17, 2003
    I also recommend blurb. Wonderful quality. I have done several large books with them including my wedding album. I made a smaller wedding album for my MIL on Shutterfly. It looked like I had printed it on my own computer in comparison. I used the same pictures in both books so it was a very good comparison.
  7. sayheyrenee

    sayheyrenee Mouseketeer

    Nov 3, 2012
    shutterfly is the way to go. I only order when there is a free code out there. I work on the books and save them so they are ready. I have done over 25 of them. You pay shipping only.

    coke rewards also offers 8x8 book for 200 points (also various other shutterfly offers) for shutterfly!also, sometimes they offer free books after you enter codes.
  8. Pakey

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    Aug 29, 2007
    I also use blurb.
  9. scootch

    scootch DIS Veteran

    Jan 6, 2005
    I like shutterfly too, great customer service, great print. You can find gift cards on ebay and I just wait for a good sale. I have done photobooks with nearly 1000 pictures.... :thumbsup2
  10. sara mom

    sara mom Mouseketeer

    Oct 24, 2011
    Blurb or mix book all the way! Great quality and reasonable.

    Snapfish- ok.

    Shutterfly...Never again! They are cheaper for a reason. I have used shutterfly a few times with limited quality of the books. The last order I placed (4 weeks ago), I have had to call their customer service 3x because of errors in the book (same one 3 times...REALLY?!).
  11. sherry7

    sherry7 DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2001
    Subscribing to this, since I'm curious about the same thing. I've never printed one though.

    I think I remember seeing posts on here before about a company that occasionally has specials where you can print up to 100 pages (instead of the normal 30), but for the same price. I can't remember what company it is, but I'm sure someone here will remember. If you have a lot of photos, 100 pages for a book would be great.

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