Everybody knows that photo books are not just simple books, they are artefacts that not only need to look spectacular – no matter where and how they are placed – but also have to be durable and withstand the test of time. This is why it’s so crucial to find a photo printing service that is capable of printing the book exactly as it was envisioned and delivering it to your doorstep in a timely manner. Thankfully the market is full of such companies, from the relatively smaller ones to true giants of the industry.
Mixbook and Snapfish definitely fall under these categories. While the former is an unquestionable champion in virtually everything – from the available customization options to the quality of printing – the latter goes up against this beast of book building with its simple editor and modest prices.
|Book Editor Features|
|# Pages||10-399 pages||20-150 pages|
|Social Media Import|
|Book Sizes, Covers, Shapes|
|# Cover Types||4||6|
|Shipping Time & Options|
|Processing Time||3-5 business days||3 business days|
|Pricing & Discounts|
|8x8 Softcover Price||$19.99||$19.99|
|Standard Shipping Cost||$5.99||$7.99|
|Extra Page Cost||$0.65||$0.99|
|Money Back Guarantee||3-7 business days||3-7 business days|
|Bulk Discounts||Upon request|
|Refer a Friend Rewards|
|Available Payment Methods|
|PayPal||Gift card only|
|Headquarters||California, U.S.||California, U.S.|
|Languages||EN||EN, DE, FR, IT|
When it comes to ranking photo printing services Mixbook often ends up in the top spot, and if we take into consideration the entirety of the service – including its fast shipping and the top-notch printing quality then it’s easy to see how Mixbook can be declared the victor.
One of the main reasons why Mixbook is loved so much is that it provides the perfect balance of a simple and straightforward online photo book editor but without limiting customization options. No matter whether it’s text, layouts, backgrounds, or embellishments Mixbook’s editor can do absolutely everything. Even themes can be freely mixed with one another, and there are more than 350 of them to make use of. The editor has many intelligent features to ensure the book is printed the way it was intended, too, such as autofill, a spellchecker, low-resolution warning, and even the option to invite others to contribute to the ongoing project.
Unfortunately, there are not that too many variations for the physical attributes of a Mixbook photo book, but customers still have the option to select from three book shapes, seven sizes, and either standard or layflat binding. And all this comes at a cost as low as $15.99.
Even though it doesn’t provide as much versatility where the content and physical attributes of photo books are concerned, Snapfish is still a worthy competitor of Mixbook – especially since its services are available in eight other countries and not just the U.S.
Where Mixbook and Snapfish are similar is with their online editors since the latter also provides all expected customization options, with the availability and flexibility of the themes, backgrounds, and layouts being particularly praiseworthy. Although photos cannot be as freely adjusted as with Mixbook projects and there is no option to modify the would-be book’s size and cover while editing, Snapfish’s photo book builder still possesses some clever features such as a visual crop zone, a spellchecker that automatically suggests grammatically corrections, and a built-in price estimator.
The physical attributes of Snapfish photo books is a bit of a mixed bag. The company offers only two photo book shapes in five sizes that, sadly, cannot be freely combined with the available covers. In that sense Snapfish wins by a nose, however, as books can be ordered with linen covers, too. Still, the biggest reason to select this company is its prices, with the smallest 5×7 photo book costing only $12.99 – exactly half the price of Mixbook’s equivalent product.
In all honesty, there is no reason to discourage you from picking Mixbook as it is without doubt one of the best photo printing services on the market. And it’s always a rare occasion when everything aligns perfectly, but here that has been achieved with the simple nature of its online editor, the impressive overall printing quality, the fair prices or – best of all – the wide array of customization options for each photo book.
However, if there is one company that is worthy of competing against this photo printing service giant it’s definitely Snapfish. Even if its straightforward online editor lacks certain features and the company doesn’t provide as many options when it comes to their photo books’ physical attributes, it is still highly recommended to try Snapfish’s services once if not for the satisfying customization options available for the content of the book, then for its cost-friendly prices.
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