Photo Book Comparisons

Photo books allow you to turn digital images into physical reality, in the form of a cherished family keepsake. While dozens of online publishing companies provide photo book printing, not all deliver the same level of quality and variety. Shutterfly and Snapfish are two of the biggest names in the industry.

Which one is right for your next project? Let s take a look:




When it comes to convenience and ease of use, Snapfish surpasses much of its competition. This photo book publisher offers dozens of unique, themed templates that you can simply drag and drop your own photos into. Snapfish is also easy to use. Its online editor is intuitively designed and easy to navigate, and a design wizard walks you through each step of the creation process. You can choose from six sizes and four cover options to create your one-of-a-kind memento.


What Snapfish has that Shutterfly doesn t:Where Snapfish shines: templates & usability
  • More prefabricated themed templates
  • Simple drag-and-drop functionality
  • Easy-to-use design wizard that's ideal for beginners
  • Over 120 prefabricated templates and page layouts
  • Unique niche themes include Disney princesses and camping trips
  • Intuitive interface and step-by-step design wizard





Over the past few years, Shutterfly has risen in popularity and amassed a loyal customer base for its product quality and nearly unmatched level of customization. The company provides versatile design tools, ample features and online sharing of your photo book creations. Shutterfly offers two design paths, including a custom path that allows you to create a tailored book from scratch and a simple path in which you select a ready-made template. No matter what your comfort level is, Shutterfly provides a method to help you create a photo book.


What Shutterfly has that Snapfish doesn t:Where Shutterfly shines: quality & customizability
  • Faster printing and processing
  • Option for completely custom page layouts
  • More cover and sizing options
  • Thick, lay-flat and tear-resistant pages
  • Crushed silk and premium leather cover options
  • Prefabricated templates you can alter






When it comes to creating the perfect photo book, Mixbook outshines the competition. Its combination of affordability, ease of use and high-quality printing make it the best online photo book publisher we reviewed.


Why Mixbook is best in class:
  • 100% quality score (archival-quality paper and high-res printing)
  • Over 150 templates to choose from
  • Best value (additional pages cost only 50 cents)
  • Fastest processing (four days or less)


Snapfish or Shutterfly: Which is better?

Which photo book company is better for you will largely depend on your preferred level of involvement in the creation process. Consider Snapfish if you want to create a photo book as effortlessly and quickly as possible. Shutterfly is a good choice if you want full customization options that allow you to build a unique photo book entirely from scratch.

Read our individual reviews of Mixbook, Snapfish and Shutterfly to learn more and see how they compare to other popular photo book publishers.

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