PROS / Blurb gives you the option to design the book yourself or have a professional online editor do it for you.
CONS / The service only offers standard hard and softcover books.
VERDICT / Blurb.com and its photo books are well designed, making them suitable for families and professionals alike.
Blurb offers unique designs and features with its online photo book service. Unlike other services, Blurb gives you free rein over the design of your book. You can download its BookWright software to make custom designs and layouts, or you can use the online photo book editor and place your photos into the premade layouts. The size and cover options are limited, though.
If you use the online photo book editor, you can change the backgrounds and layouts of the pages. The autofill feature places all of your photos for you. Blurb also creates custom photo books out of your Facebook, Instagram and other photo-sharing sites. Instead of uploading photos from them, it makes a book only of those photos and the captions you had with them. The online photo book editor is very user friendly and offers tips if you hover over buttons.
Blurb not only offers unique features, but also atypical sizing options. The books do not come in standard sizes. For instance, the portrait book is 10 x 8 inches instead of the standard 11 x 8.5 inches. On the other hand, the cover options are standard and limited. There are no lay-flat, leather or fabric cover options. Instead, you can choose from a soft cover, a hard cover with a dust jacket or an image wrapped around a cover.
While cover options are limited, you can choose from a five types of high-quality paper for your photo books: semi-matte, hint of gloss, matte, uncoated and glossy. Standard books have semi-matte pages that don't show fingerprints, a protective front and back page, and a sturdy cover. The quality of the images is sharp and vivid if you used high-resolution photos, but if you use lower-quality photos for your book, it is noticeable in the final product.
The average time to process and ship your book is only three days. When you need your book fast, Blurb offers overnight shipping. The company's website features a FAQs page, as well as email and live chat options in case you have problems while using the service.
Blurb's photo books are unique in several ways. You can make custom photo books from your social media sites and design the entire book with Blurb's software. While the books do not come in standard sizes and offer few cover options, they are a unique way to share your photos.