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Blurb vs. MyPublisher vs. others?

Has anyone used any of these sites (the ones I mentioned in the subject, along with others like Picaboo, Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc) to make an album? I was doing research yesterday to see which one was the best and it seemed like people had negative things to say about each of them (e.g. pictures turned out dark, not a lot of layout options, etc). Anyway, would definitely like to know who LOVED their album that they made with one of these sites!

Re: Blurb vs. MyPublisher vs. others?

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    NcsuPsychNcsuPsych member
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    edited December 2011
    I've seen ablums from both Shuttyfly and Snapfish. I thought they both looked awesome especially for the price. My aunt to be used Snapfish to make a coffee table book of all the pictures her husband has taken (well, a good handful) and it's the prettiest book I've seen :)

    Also, I think most of these sites offer discounts too :)
    Good luck!
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    edited December 2011
    To me, Blurb & MyPublisher are your best options if you're trying to create a high-quality album. I haven't used MyPublisher, but Blurb's albums have a higher quality paper & cover. You have complete control over layout with Blurb, you can even use almost any font you have on your computer. You do not have that kind of control with Shutterfly.

    Now, if you want to create a truly professional looking album, I'd go with Mpix. Looking here: http://mpix.com/Product.aspx/assembledalbums you can immediately see the quality difference between them & other online companies.

    Because I know how much you value quality, I'd go with Blurb or Mpix. You will not be happy with a Shutterfly album for your wedding pictures.

    You know I made my guest book with Blurb. I haven't done anything else yet, but you can preview what I did here: http://www.blurb.com/books/812658

    If you want help arranging pages or making sure that everything flows nicely, I'd be more than happy to help you out. Smile
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    edited December 2011
    I would not go with shutterfly. DH aunt made us a table book which was really nice of her, but the picture quality and pages are not that great. It's a nice book, but its no where near a professional looking one.  I can not wait to get ours from our photographer (which i think is worth the money if thats a option to you). It will last for many many years, the shutterfly I doubt will.
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    krispychikinkrispychikin member
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    edited December 2011
    I would agree with Mpix or Blurb - they're just a lot higher quality than snapfish or shutterfly and the like.  Paying a bit more is definitely worth it.  (we got different professional pictures from Mpix and they're great). 
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    LBM7189LBM7189 member
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    edited December 2011
    I made a book of my bridal portraits as a gift for my parents using Blurb.  I was really impressed when it arrived.  It was easy to make, you get to preview everything before placing an order and they run sales all the time.  I got this book 20% off with shipping.  You can preview it here just as an example:

    http://www.blurb.com/books/956196
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    edited December 2011
    We used Mpix for parent's albums.  I was happy with the layout options and we were able to do a 10x10 hard cover book (photo wrapped) for $50.  I am happy with them for our parents albums, but was dissapointed with the paper.  It's not thick enough for what we want (it was just regular paper with a pearl finish) and doesn't lay flat.  If there is an option to upgrade to that I didn't see it.  Just something for you to keep in mind.
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    allie76allie76 member
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    edited December 2011
    I have a question:

    Has anyone used mpix (or something else) to make an album? Mpix has the option of doing a book or an album. I didn't get the album for Cheyenne to do, so I was going to make it myself. I was just wondering if anyone has made an actual album, as opposed to a photobook.
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    edited December 2011

    Allie - I don't know what the difference is.  Can you explain?  I would be willing to use them again if it was something more substantial as I was extremly happy with their support team and shipping.  TIA!

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    allie76allie76 member
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    edited December 2011
    Mpix offers photobooks and albums. From my understanding, the albums they make are like what you would get from a professional photographer. I haven't seen one in person lately, but I think they are vastly different.
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