I received my most recent book from AdoramaPix yesterday and I am extremely pleased with this book. Their claim to fame is that they use real photographic paper to print the pages of your book. I had read reviews where the people were very happy with the quality of the printing of their books and some even said the paper was too thick. Personally, I don’t think the paper could ever be too thick in a photo book.
I was even more please with their packaging than with Blurb’s packaging. It comes shipped in a nice size box and when you open that box you find your book is sandwiched between two sheets of foam paper and two pieces of cardboard and then shrink wrapped in the middle so it doesn’t move around. Theoretically you bang one of the corners pretty hard and it would never reach the book. Like I have said before, the little details make a huge impression with me. I like to know that my book is going to be cared for.
I printed an 8″x8″ 50 page book. All of my photos were converted to black and white and I made all of them square. I absolutely love the format and am ecstatic about the printing. Blurb did a fine job, but I wasn’t happy with the way they printed faces. And if you looked close you could easily see the dots that made up your photo. Not so with this book. The quality is fantastic and the tonal range is great. I love how thick the pages are.
As far as the quality goes, AdoramaPix is by far superior to Blurb. But there are things that bug me, although none of them actually deal directly with the quality of the book. I hate their software, and yes, you have to use their program. It is pretty easy, but it would be so much easier if we could use our programs and then upload the document or a pdf to them. They don’t offer dust jackets for your book. I really like the dust jacket, especially for a coffee table photo book. Their print wrap on the cover is top notch though. The last think I am not a fan of is the page numbers. You can have 26 or 50 and that is it. I can understand having a minimum, but what if I have 40 pages? What if I would like to add four more? I had a bear of a time cutting my photos down to 46 pages. (I didn’t print on the end pages.) Other than those things, I am beyond pleased with the book. I will definitely be using them again and recommending them to others. They have a good selection of sizes, which makes it fun to be kind of creative with your photography.