Photobook America Lay Flat – Review

About the company:
It’s an American company which operates in several countries around the world under the global name Photobook Worldwide, however, they have a different suffix in every country, in my case it was PhotobookUK (but they are all the same). They have a wide range of books from simple softcover to flush mount. In this review I’m going to trial the lay flat books. 

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My Book Other Options
Cover Matt Imagewrap Hardcover Debossed (variety of materials)
Paper 400 gsm E-Photo Lustre 400 gsm Matte
Printing Digital (Indigo) n/a
Layflat Yes (Seamless) n/a
Pages/Max Pages 24 150
Size 11×8.5 11×11, 8×11, 14×11, 8×6, 8×8, 17.5×12
Presentation Box no Yes
Full Price £49 ($60)

Quality:

  1. Binding: The binding is great. It’s a seamless lay flat technology, meaning that the double spreads are stuck together and the book opens completely flat. Sturdy, will last long. The only thing I don’t like is that the first page is stuck to the back of the front cover, and there is no blank spread to start off the book.
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  2. Cover: Contrary to the website, with the lay flat books the image wrap cover only comes in a matt finish. It’s a lovely stock but they should really offer a glossy alternative. The other option is the debossed which comes in loads of colours and materials ( a more elegant touch to the book). There is no logo or barcode on the book, and it was free. Fantastic! Lots of layouts to choose from for the cover. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  3. Paper: Again, on the website they state that you have 7 paper choices, however, when you start a lay flat book, the 400GSM E-Photo Lustre paper will be pre-selected for you and there is no other option. This is silly, because you have far more options with the cheap softcover books. The paper is thick, but it’s not exactly lustre, it looks completely matt. There is nothing wrong with it, but it will not yield the best dynamic range and will make the book a bit dull looking. A bit more sheen would be nice. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  4. Printing: They use state of the art Indigo Digital printers. The colours and tones looked good, I think it was the paper which suck the life out of the pictures. No silver halide option, but the Indigo printers are good enough, especially for the price. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Software:
It’s an online platform. You can do books from scratch or use one of their many fabulous themes which are all free. It’s fairly easy to use, apart from aligning the images, which despite the magnetic grid can be a nightmare. Lots of scrapbooking features and you can do anything you want really.

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Delivery:
Quick (3 days) with DHL from Malaysia, costed £6

Deals:
They have the best deals, 50-60-70% off. Make sure to use them. Go to my deals section for the latest coupon codes.

What it is for:
Great for holidays, yearbooks, family, friends, Instagram, pets and parties.

What it is not for:
I personally wouldn’t do any weddings in these books, the paper is not nice enough.

Pros:

  • binding
  • templates
  • delivery
  • no logo
  • high max page count

Cons:

  • lack of paper options
  • lustre paper too matt
  • no glossy hardcover
  • first page stuck to the back of the front cover
  • no silver halide option

Website: http://www.photobookuk.co.uk

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