Since Blurb just launched their new lay flat books, I thought I would compare it to its biggest competitor, Mixbook. They are very similar books in the same price and quality range. Here are my thoughts:
About the companies:
They are both photo book giants based in the US but they deliver worldwide, and Mixbook has printing stations now around the world for faster delivery.
|Cover||Matt Hardcover Imagewrap||Matt Hardcover Imagewrap||BLURB|
|Paper||Matt 300gsm||Silk (very thick)||MIXBOOK|
|Layflat Binding||Seamless||Seamless||NO WINNER|
|Software||Nice themes||Great themes||MIXBOOK|
|Delivery||up to 2 weeks, £7
||up to 2 weeks, £7
|Deals||30-50% off||30-50% off||NO WINNER|
|Full Price (12×12″ 20 pages)||£75||£100||BLURB|
Both companies offer only one option for their lay flat books and both books come with a matt imagewrap hardcover. You can have any design you want on it including the spine text. There is no logo on the back cover, only on the inside. They are practically identical, however, the Blurb cover is sooo smooth, so it’s a winner for me 🙂
Both books come with seamless lay flat binding, meaning that double spreads are stuck together to avoid anything getting lost in the gutter. They are both very nice and again, almost identical. No clear winner here.
Blurb uses a 148gsm matt, acid-free, uncoated stock, which when stuck together is a 300gsm paper thickness. It is thick but it does bend. Mixbook inserts card stock in between the sheets so I couldn’t find out the actual final thickness of the pages, but they are much, much thicker than the Blurb ones, so if you like rigidity, go for it. The Mixbook pages are silky, acid-free and have a nice shine. Both companies offer only one paper option, so in lack of other options I would choose Mixbook (subtle sheen is always kinder to colours).
Both companies use high quality digital printers. I noticed some minor issues with both books, mainly over saturation, but otherwise they are identical. No winner here.
Mixbook offers some of the best themes out there, and they are completely free! They are so funky and suitable for any occasion. Blurb has nice themes too but nowhere near as creative as Mixbook. However, Mixbook works only as an online editor, meaning you need a constant internet connection, while Blurb offers app, online and offline editing too. Despite that, I chose Mixbook.
Both companies delivered within a week or two and they both costed £7. No clear winner.
They have something on every single week, 30%, 40% and 50% off. Don’t pay the full price, if you can get a deal. I always have the latest coupon codes in my deals section! No clear winner.
The full price without any discounts applied was (My books were not 12×12, but since both companies do a 12×12, it’s easier to compare):
Blurb: £75 (12×12″ – 20 pages) Mixbook: £100 (12×12″ – 20 pages). Blurb is the clear winner.