Bob Books Photo Book – Review [Lay Flat & Perfect Bound]

About the company:
Bob Books is a British company specializing in professional photo books for every budget and need. They are also do cards, calendars and wall art, but their main focus is on photo books. They also allow you to sell your books on their website. These books are top quality and they made it to my Hall of Fame collection too.

My Books Other Options
Cover Glossy Imagewrap Hardcover, Softcover
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Paper 200gsm Classic, 300gsm Lustre
200gsm Gloss, 200 gsm Matte, 300gsm Gloss, 300gsm Matte
Printing Digital, Silver-Halide
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Binding Perfect Bound, Lay Flat
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Pages/Max Pages 26 150
Size 19x15cm 28×21, 38×29, 21×21, 30x30cm
Full Price (26pages) perfect bound/lay flat £15/£25 $19/$32

Quality:

  1. Binding: For the 200gsm papers you’ll get the perfect bound option and for the 300gsm papers the lay flat. The lay flat is seamless and really sturdy. Opens lovely and feels elegant. The perfect bound is glued together, which obviously means that some of the image in the middle will be lost, it doesn’t stay open only if you push it down. It’s just as good in its own category. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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    Lay Flat

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    Perfect Bound

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    Perfect Bound (top) – Lay Flat (Bottom)
  2. Cover: For the lay flat books you don’t have options, the cover is a glossy imagewrap hardcover. Good stock, your usual shiny laminted book cover. You can any design you like and text on the spine. On the back cover there is a barcode. The perfect bound books give you two options, softcover and the above described hardcover. The softcover is glossy with the same design and barcode on the back. It’s similar in thickness to the lay flat pages.
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    Hardcover (left) – Softcover (right)

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  3. Paper: You can choose from six amazing papers in two categories. The 200gsm papers come in Classic (Silk), Matte and Glossy. The 300gsm papers come in Lustre, Gloss and Matte. Bear in mind that if you want a lay flat book, you have to select a 300gsm paper stock. In my books I chose the Classic and Lustre papers, however, I did order a swatch kit before and I liked all 6 of them. The 300 gsm papers are certainly more luxurious. The lustre is great for any occasion, if you want more dynamic clarity, go for the glossy, if you are in the “matte club”, go for the matt. The classic is a traditional silk stock with a subtle sheen, but slightly thicker than the average photo book stock (140-160gsm) that other companies offer.
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    Lustre 300gsm
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    Lustre 300gsm
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    Classic 200gsm

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    Classic 200gsm
  4. Printing: If you choose the 200gsm papers, they will be printed on digital Indigo printers. In their market it was one of the most accurate print I have seen. So if you are on a budget you will not be disappointed. If you opt for the 300gsm papers, they will be developed using a photographic silver-halide method. This is the very best you can get. Tones are perfect, no digital dots and amazing colour accuracy.
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    Digital (left) – Silver-Halide (right)

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    Digital (top) – Silver-Halide (bottom)

5. Software: The most popular option is the Bob Designer, which is an offline editor for Windows and Mac. It is quite easy to use, you have the usual layouts, backgrounds, clip arts and photo editing options. The online creator is basically the same but on their server and you can edit your book from anywhere. You can create your book in Adobe InDesign using their templates and then upload it as a PDF or use their Apple smart app to create a book. Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 21.58.55

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Delivery:
From the UK it was 2-3 days and costed £4.99. If you are outside the UK, shipping is the same cost but will take longer, 1-2 weeks.

Deals: They have regular deals and discounts on their books. Make sure to take advantage of them. The latest vouchers and codes are in the deals section.

What is it for?
Given the large selection of options, these books are great for any occassion.

What is it not for?
Can’t really think of anything. If you want to use your Facebook etc images, go for the 200gsm papers, unless they are really high quality.

Pros:

  • great papers
  • great printing
  • great binding
  • quick delivery
  • great colours
  • you can make money on your books

Cons:

  • only 1 cover option for lay flat books
  • designs could be a bit more creative

Website: www.bobbooks.co.uk

One thought on “Bob Books Photo Book – Review [Lay Flat & Perfect Bound]

  1. Thanks for highlighting Bobbooks which I didn’t know about until you featured them on your great website. I’ve done several books with them since and am very happy with their service, photobooks and software. Only thing is they can take up to a month to arrive as I don’t live in the UK. Just thought I’d let you know I’m very happy with this company. I wasn’t aware of them up till now. Cheers

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