One year ago I created a digital book on issuu.com with photos of a trip to London. We went there to celebrate the birthday of a friend and when we came back I decided to create this small diary of our trip. I wrote a post about it at the time (see HERE).
This year, for the birthday of the same friend, I thought of trying out ISSUU’s printing option and order a copy of the diary. Since we were not travelling this time nor even being together on her special day, I hoped this would be a nice gift for her to remember the trip.
At the time I used InDesign to create the digital book and I uploaded it to ISSUU in PDF format.
So I just had to go back to my profile and order a copy of it.
If you don’t have a subscription to InDesign, there’s at least one open source software I know that does the same job: Scribus.
After placing the order, I was asked to choose the type of book and as it didn’t have that many pages I went for the Magazine type. The other options are Soft- or Hardcover books.
Then for the size I chose the small one because I couldn’t remember if I had created the book with a nice resolution for printing. So to play safe and avoid getting a magazine with pixelated images, I went for the 148 x 209 mm (A5) option.
The other option would have been the medium size (A4): 209.903 x 296.686 mm.
And the last step was to choose if I wanted it in color or black & white.
As for discounts, you start getting them when you place an order of 10 items or more.
I wasn’t amazed by the quality of it, but then again it might be related to the resolution of my images. On the other hand, this is a 12 CHF (~10€/8£) product, I guess you get the point!
Still, it makes a sweet gift in my opinion :)
Definitely something I will keep using for personal projects.
Do you print photo books online?
I would love to know other options you may have tried out – let me know in the comments, thanks!