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Last updated: 07 August 2017

Photo book services can turn your holiday happy snaps into a professional-looking, coffee-table-quality printed book, conveniently mailed to your home. Our photobook buying guide explains the different options and features available and offers some handy tips on how to use photobook services.

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Our test compares a 'standard' hardcover book approximately A4 size using default options for paper type and number of pages, cover type and binding. It also covers the downloadable photo book software for Windows and Mac computers and online (web-based) software where applicable. Our expert testers give each photo book service a thorough workout to help find the ones that:

  • have the easiest to use software
  • provide the best image quality
  • give you the best quality finished book

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find the services that offer high-definition printing, connectivity with popular image sharing sites including Instagram, Facebook and Flickr, and softcover or hardcover options. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which services come out on top.

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Price as of June 2017 for a standard hardcover book

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Whether a Mac (OS X, macOS) book creation program is available for download

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Whether a Windows book creation program is available for download

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Total quality score is made up of image quality (50%), paper quality (30%), and cover quality (20%)

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Total ease of use score

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Made up of the following assessments: sign-up and set-up process (10%), adding pictures (5%), assistance (10%), autoflow process (5%), editing tool's general layout (10%), page layouts (15%), container movement and re-sizing (15%), text placement (15%), preview function (10%), and the ordering process (5%)

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Contributes 50% to total quality score.

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Hardcover quality score

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Cover quality for hardcover books. Makes up (20%) of the total quality score.

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Facebook support

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Import pictures from Facebook

Flickr support

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Import pictures from Flickr

Instagram support

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Import pictures from Instagram

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  • Overall score
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  • Total ease of use score
  • Sign-up and set-up process score
  • Adding pictures score
  • Assistance score
  • Autoflow process score
  • Editing tools layout score
  • Page layout score
  • Container movement and resizing score
  • Text placement score
  • Preview score
  • Ordering process score
  • Good points
  • Bad points
  • Notes
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Price
  • Cost per page
  • Cost for extra pages
  • Hardcover delivery cost
  • Hardcover price plus delivery cost
  • Minimum number of pages
  • Maximum number of pages
  • Cover pic included (hardcover)
  • Softcover available
  • Standard paper weight
  • High resolution available
  • Landscape books available
  • Portrait books available
  • Square books available
  • Online (web) interface
  • Windows application
  • Mac application
  • Add and move photo boxes
  • Auto-fill option
  • Change page each layout
  • Resize photo boxes
  • Add text anywhere
  • Viewable grid
  • Snapping
  • In-built photo enhancement
  • Layout guidelines
  • Send to back bring to front
  • Move pages around
  • Borders and frames
  • Facebook support
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  • Flickr support
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