I was wondering who of you has used any of the online services to print a photo book. What are your experiences?
How many of you use LR and blurb to print books? How many use LR but a different printing service, and how well does that work?
Also - getting back to an old topic - how reliable are these printing services when it comes to color, contrast, etc. If my screen is well-calibrated, does it all work out well? Or will there be big surprises...?
I would print books for private purposes only.
Thanks for any comments
Are you in Europe or US?
Switzerland - not sure if it should still be considered europe...
Shipping-wise, I guess so
So, I've tried Photobox, which is the big commercial one. Books are nice and they have many customization options. I particularly like the flat one, which is great for double-page landscapes. Prices are crazy but they often have good deals going on. You can prepare the book online, save it, and buy it when they have a deal. Two notes: on bigger books they only have matte paper, so take it into consideration when you prepare your photos. Another important note is that, yes, they auto-correct your pictures. You have to contact the customer support and explicitly ask them to deactivate the option for your account.
The other big one that I'm interested in is Vistaprint. Even more binding options and glossy paper on big books. You can download their software to prepare the book offline. I will try it for sure, but I didn't yet.