When it comes to choosing a reliable photo book builder, usually one company pops into your mind: Shutterfly. This often results in overshadowing other, smaller photo book builders like Collage.com, which unlike many of its competitors, has nothing to be ashamed of when compared to bigger companies. You will be surprised to find out that both Shutterfly and Collage.com provide very similar services focusing on nothing else but helping you create the photo book of your dreams. Your choice won’t be easy, because both solutions have countless customization options, a decent amount of sizes, shapes and covers, unique solutions that cannot be found in other photo book builders, full availability on computers and mobile devices and refund policies intended for complete customer satisfaction.
|Book Editor Features|
|# Pages||20-150 pages||20-111 pages|
|Social Media Import|
|Book Sizes, Covers, Shapes|
|# Cover Types||3||6|
|Shipping Time & Options|
|Processing Time||3-5 days||n/a|
|Pricing & Discounts|
|8x8 Softcover Price||$29.99||$19.99|
|Standard Shipping Cost||$5.99||$4.99|
|Extra Page Cost||$0.50||$0.65|
|Money Back Guarantee||730 days||60 days|
|Refer a Friend Rewards|
|Available Payment Methods|
|Headquarters||Michigan, U.S.||California, U.S.|
Collage.com is the prime example of how to provide outstanding services on a smaller scale. The photo book editor, available on computers and mobile devices too, is simple, yet knows everything you need: you’ve got the auto-fill and -save option and the easy arrangement of pages and photos. But this is just the beginning: the first surprise is the photo collage you can do on your front cover. The second is that Collage.com automatically arranges your pictures in the best layout possible on each page, which you can modify any time thanks to the Free Form Mode.
Speaking of photos and pages, Collage.com lets you adjust the photos in virtually any way you want with an Adobe Creative Cloud-like interface, while the 224 backgrounds can be changed and mixed with each other. The mixing is also available for the external features of your photo books as the 2 shapes, 6 sizes and 3 covers can be paired before and during the editing process. Collage.com’s prices can easily be reduced by non-expiring coupons and discounts and, as a little bonus, should you not be satisfied with your book for any reason, you are entitled to a refund within 2 years from purchase.
It is already surprising that Shutterfly exists in computer, mobile browser and iPad app form, but the true surprise is the 3 methods you can create your books with – one of which is the company building the book for you. The photo book builder, and especially the app, is a reliable product limiting you in virtually nothing regarding customizations. This means you can freely change everything from layouts to backgrounds, the over 200 free or payable themes and even the sizes and covers during the editing process. Speaking of the latter, Shutterfly offers its photo books in 2 shapes and 6 sizes with 2 paper types, the option of a layflat upgrade and 6 different covers.
The cover types range from soft and hard photo covers to such unconventional materials as cloth, genuine leather and even ivory crushed silk. Shutterfly’s prices are rather modest, but should you not be satisfied with them, you can always save money with (temporary) promotions including newcomers’ gifts, bulk order shipping discounts, refer a friend coupons and so on. And to ensure complete customer satisfaction, if your order is faulty due to your or the company’s fault, you can receive a 50% or full refund respectively.
This whole comparison might seem a battle between David and Goliath, but in this case, both parties are winners. Collage.com is a surprisingly good desktop/mobile browser-based editor in which only the sky is the limit regarding customization options. It has one of the best photo adjusting features on the market, coupons and discounts that never expire and a record long, super generous money back guarantee that definitely ensures complete customer satisfaction. Shutterfly, an undeniable leading solution, is also available on various platforms, including iPad, and it also barely limits its customers when it comes to photo book customization. Furthermore, the company provides unique services like photo book building by an expert, payable themes, rare covers, and a refund policy that doesn’t punish you should you make a mistake.