What to look for in a photo book

SBC Europe Photo Book - CoverWith the holiday season upon us, more and more people are ordering photo books as gifts or for themselves. Here is list of questions to ask. These questions assume you are looking for a hard-bound photo book.

  1. Is the book stitched or adhesive bound? Both types of books can be high-quality.
  2. If the book is stitched, is it side-sewn or sewn signatures (Smythe sewn)? Sewn signatures are best because the books lay flat and the pages cannot come out.
  3. If the book is adhesive bound, is the adhesive PUR or hot melt? Books made with hot melt adhesives do not have good permanence and should be avoided.
  4. Is the cover laminated or coated to ensure durability. Covers that are not protected will not hold up.

Once, you receive your book, evaluate print quality. If the print quality does not meet your expectations try another manufacturer. Unfortunately, print quality is subjective and I do not have specific questions you can ask to ensure high-quality printing.

About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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