Photo Book Comparisons

Mixbook and Shutterfly are among the biggest names in photo books. Both companies offer a wide range of features and options, from archival-quality paper to a host of page sizes. However, one company manages to edge out the competition in terms of overall quality, value and available options.

Which one is it? Let s take a look:




Some photo book publishers focus on specific styles or have limited offerings, but Mixbook appeals to a large audience with its array of products. It offers a photo book for nearly every need, and a wide selection of sizes, cover options and paper types.


What Mixbook has that Shutterfly doesn t: Where Mixbook shines: value & templates
  • More prefab templates to customize
  • More intuitive usability and more seamless creation
  • Uncommon sizing options, including 11 x 14 and 11 x 8.5 pages
  • Inexpensive shipping and low cost for additional pages
  • Overall cost combined with high quality delivers high value compared to other publishers
  • More than 150 themed templates that include those for a wide variety of special events and styles





This service appeals to beginners and advanced users since its creation process can be as simple or as intricate as you want. You can choose a prefabricated design and simply add your own photos and text, or opt to design a book entirely from scratch. Regardless of which creation path you choose, Shutterfly is easy to use and offers a level of customization not offered by most photo book publishers.


What Shutterfly has that Mixbook doesn t: Where Shutterfly shines: personalization & quality
  • Slightly higher print quality
  • Linen and silk cover options
  • Telephone support
  • Option to customize so you can move, add and resize images and text
  • Large library of backgrounds, embellishments and page layouts
  • Thick, lay-flat pages come standard


Why Mixbook Wins

Both services make excellent photo books, and you likely won t be disappointed by choosing either provider. However, Mixbook manages to edge out Shutterfly as the best photo book publisher we reviewed, primarily due to its user-friendly editing tools and the fact that it is a better value for your money. Mixbook provides an intuitive design process that even beginners will find simple.

If you want to learn more about these publishers, read our in-depth reviews of Mixbook and Shutterfly and check out our side-by-side comparison of the top 10 photo book publishers on the web.

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