Before the age of the internet you had to go to a photo developing shop when you wanted to create a photo book to preserve your most cherished memories. Nowadays, however, you just need to register an account and you can start creating the photo book of your dreams with just a few clicks. Various shapes, sizes, cover and paper types, countless backgrounds and/or themes, fully customizable layouts, text boxes, embellishments, built-in auto-fill, spell-checker, low resolution warnings etc; all of this and more are available in decent online photo book builders – whether you access them from a desktop browser or a mobile app.
The best thing of all is that no matter where you live (the U.S., Europe or, in fact, Canada), you can create your books with U.S.-based photo book builders and get them delivered right to your doorstep.
Photo Book Services in Canada
Before you ask, American photo book builder services and their respective apps are not geo-located, therefore you can create your photo books without restrictions. In fact, some sites like Blurb and Snapfish are available in French, while MILK Books allows clients to order products in 25 currencies.
However, not only prices are in USD (like in the case of the recommended photo book builders below), but you always have to visit the shipping terms and conditions page to learn whether you can get your book shipped to Canada or not. Although you pay the same prices for your book as an American client would, the sum total is always higher due to the more expensive shipping costs. Furthermore, shipping always takes longer to Canada: depending on the providence/territory you want your book to be shipped, you have to wait approximately 1–4 weeks.
Shutterfly, one of the most popular photo book builders in the U.S., offers its clients to create their photo books in 3 ways from a computer, a mobile browser or from an iPad app. The editor allows virtually limitless customization options regarding layouts, backgrounds, over 200 themes, sizes, covers and paper types. Speaking of the latter, you have 2 shapes, 6 sizes, 3 paper types and 6 covers including rarities like crushed silk and cloth.
All books can be ordered from Canada for regular prices starting from $15.99, but there are certain restrictions: your books can be shipped with just one (Standard) shipping method within 8–16 business days from placing the order. Shipping prices depend on the size of your book, but they usually range between $6.99 and $15.99.
Snapfish is one of the few photo book builders that are available in French. The company provides its editor with an app-like, user-friendly interface with such features as a price calculator and an enormous list of embellishments. The regular features are also impressive: you can auto-fill your books, customize the layouts and the 72 themes, and make basic modifications on your photos. Snapfish books are available in 5 sizes and 6 covers starting from $19.99, excluding upgrades like layflat pages and exclusive cover types like leather or linen.
Although Snapfish states that shipping to Canada usually takes 8–16 business days, according to our thorough research it can be faster: 4–9 business days in total. Shipping of an 8×8 book has a rather friendly price tag: $7.99.
This online photo printing service, which has an iPad app version called aPixPublisher, is a bit of an exception, because it only ships its products to the U.S. and Canada. Although the editor is a bit complicated, it has some rather interesting features: aside from auto-filling your books and changing the layouts any way you like, you can choose from 168 themes, thousands of backdrops, virtually countless photo frames, turn PDFs into photo books and even add QR codes to the pages. You can combine all 5 sizes, 14 sizes and 6 different paper types with minor restrictions and create a 10-page photo book for just $15.99 within 2–4 business days.
There is only one price and one delivery time for Canadians: shipping of your first book is $14.95, each additional item is a $3 plus, and you have to wait up to 14 days.