PROS / Any custom layout you create is automatically saved, and you can drag and drop photos anywhere in your book.
CONS / MyPublisher's editing application is downloadable, not web based.
VERDICT / If design flexibility and photo quality are priorities, MyPublisher is an excellent choice.
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If sophisticated design is what you're seeking in a photo book, look no further than MyPublisher. Since 1994, the service has been providing high quality, custom photo books that are polished, clean and elegant. The focus of the photo books is on the images themselves, rather than text or design embellishments. This makes MyPublisher a great option if you want a magazine-like photo book that exhibits your pictures, artwork or other graphics.
Although it is not web based, MyPublisher's editing software is easy to use and rich in features. You can design your pages any way you want, creating layouts by adding, editing and rotating photos. Drag-and-drop functionality lets you simply drop photos wherever you want them on the page, and the software automatically saves any custom layouts you create for future use. Furthermore, comprehensive photo editing tools are available, so you can manipulate your images directly in the software.
A unique feature of MyPublisher is the progress bar displayed on the bottom of the interface. It shows you exactly how far along you are in the creation process, whether you are uploading photos, editing the book, previewing it or placing your order. This is particularly helpful if you are making your first photo book.
In terms of book options, MyPublisher is limited. Four sizes are available, ranging from an ultra-compact mini book to a deluxe, oversized landscape book. The sizes are a bit atypical (you won't find any square options), but we like the wide variety of cover types – photo, dust jacket, linen and leather. The linen comes in 11 different colors too.
MyPublisher doesn't have as many interactive features as other photo book sites on our lineup. There are no collaboration tools, and you must first upload your photo books to the MyPublisher website before you can share them.
Sophisticated design and robust functionality help MyPublisher stand out in the saturated market of online photo books. However, the lack of an online editor affects the service's overall usability and convenience, and limited book options restrict the type of books you can create. If neither of these deficiencies poses an issue for you, MyPublisher can help you create a truly eye-catching photo book.