Nowadays photo book building is a unique experience, starting with the fun that is the editing of the book and ends with having your creation in your hands for the very first time. Any company that satisfies these requirements is destined to be successful, which is a challenge that Shutterfly and Snapfish are both definitely up for.
Shutterfly is the photo book printing service and has helped many customers realize the photo book of their dreams thanks to the huge variety in customization options available in either its online and mobile editor. Snapfish has many similarities to Shutterfly but has its own ways of convincing customers, such as an incredibly simple online editor and some of the best prices on the market. But the question is: is this enough to beat the giant?
|Book Editor Features|
|# Pages||20-111 pages||20-150 pages|
|Social Media Import|
|Book Sizes, Covers, Shapes|
|# Cover Types||6||6|
|Shipping Time & Options|
|Processing Time||n/a||3 business days|
|Pricing & Discounts|
|8x8 Softcover Price||$19.99||$19.99|
|Standard Shipping Cost||$4.99||$7.99|
|Extra Page Cost||$0.65||$0.99|
|Money Back Guarantee||60 days||3-7 business days|
|Refer a Friend Rewards|
|Available Payment Methods|
|Headquarters||California, U.S.||California, U.S.|
|Languages||EN||EN, DE, FR, IT|
There is a very good reason why Shutterfly is considered to be a leader of the photo book printing market. Editing the book can be handled in three different ways, with one of these being the option to have the product created by the company’s professionals.
To have the best experience, though, it’s highly recommended to try out Shutterfly’s photo book builder for yourself, which is available for desktop browsers and mobiles (in app form). Regardless of the chosen platform the service features endless customization options, with virtually no restrictions on what can be done with photos, image placement, text boxes, layouts, backgrounds, and embellishments. Additionally, there is the Ideal Pages feature that provides matching layouts and backgrounds for the chosen theme – although nothing stops you from combining any of the 249 themes with one another.
There is a wide variety of physical attributes available, too: books can be ordered in six sizes and upgraded with such extras as high-quality covers – including linen, genuine leather and ivory crushed silk – and layflat pages. And to top it all, Shutterfly operates with rather cost-friendly prices with books starting from $15.99, and ships its products in a timely manner.
Although its editor is not as spectacular as Shutterfly’s, Snapfish’s online photo book builder provides everything a customer would expect from such a service. For starters, features like photos, text boxes, backgrounds, and embellishments can all be freely edited within the simple, straightforward tool, but even the themes can be fully customized as well.
Speaking of themes, there are more than 70 of them and they can be chosen before or during the editing process – an important asset should you change your mind while designing the look of the book. And as a nice addition, the editor always displays the price of the would-be book, which is automatically updated whenever a significant change is made.
And to make sure everyone finds a suitable product, Snapfish photo books are available in five different sizes and various types of covers, including linen, imported leather or a special layflat hardcover. By default all books are printed with 20 pages, but that number can be increased up to 150 pages in total when using the regular binding – though even layflat books can be ordered with up to 100 pages.
Best of all is how generous Snapfish when it comes to prices, since its smallest 5×7 soft cover photo book is only $12.99.
We admit that it’s not easy to pick a definitive winner, since both photo book services satisfy every expectation.
Shutterfly, the photo book printing giant, is without doubt a champion in creating high-quality photo books for affordable prices. If that’s not enough, the company has an editor that is not only available across multiple platforms, but also provides an huge amount of variety in its customization options. And don’t overlook the impressive option to have the photo book created by Shutterfly’s professional photo book creation team.
Snapfish doesn’t have as great a variety when it comes to sizes, covers and other such attributes, but it’s still a worthy competitor for Shutterfly. Creating photo books with the company’s online editor is a real pleasure, thanks in particular to the software’s simple and straightforward nature and its countless customization options. And if that’s not convincing enough, Snapfish has some of the best prices on the market.
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