Photo books

The six best providers re­viewed and rated

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We all get snap-happy on our trav­els or at big events, but con­fin­ing those pho­tos to your hard drive once you’re home just won’t do. Luck­ily there’s no short­age of com­pa­nies that’ll print them all out in a beau­ti­ful book.

De­cid­ing which com­pany to use isn’t easy, with each firm of­fer­ing nu­mer­ous size, de­sign, and pa­per op­tions. We se­lected six highly re­garded print­ers and picked a land­scape-for­mat book close to A4 size. Each one we or­dered con­tained the same colour and mono travel pho­tos, along with a printer test chart to ex­pose the slight­est print­ing anom­alies.

How­ever, even the high­est print qual­ity isn’t much good if you’re not also able to nail the lay­out and de­sign that you’re af­ter. That comes down to how easy each man­u­fac­turer’s ac­com­pa­ny­ing book-cre­ation soft­ware is to mas­ter, and what tricks it’ll let you pull.

Fi­nally, it’s worth bear­ing in mind that while the books did vary in print qual­ity, all were of a very high stan­dard and we had to scru­ti­nise them very closely to find faults.

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