While we’ve been big fans of turning images into photobooks we have to admit the quality of some of these photobook services aren’t always top notch. Often, when it comes to making photo books, you get what you pay for.
So we’re happy to report that there’s a new high-end offering on the market courtesy of HP. The company recently teamed with online photo merchandise boutique Pinhole Press to offer a higher quality photobook product that they’re calling a Storybook.
The Storybook product is the first Pinhole Press photo book that allows you to personalize each page with text and choose your own layouts from a selection of well thought out designs. Pinhole Press released the new web-to-print offering on pinholepress.com late last year.
Early Storybook customers include Martha Stewart, who created a series of Storybooks featuring pictures of her new granddaughter and wrote about the process in the December 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine. The article shows images from the Storybooks she created using Pinhole Press’s templates and provides tips on writing and photography specific to the Storybook format.
Pinhole Press creates Storybooks on an HP Indigo press 5500 using 100-percent recycled Mohawk Options Smooth i-Tone Panoramic papers, a significantly higher quality paper option than you’ll typically see. These papers include Convertible Solutions’ TRU-Flat® technology, which allows the finished books to lie flat with seamless images across every spread (think wedding album quality). In English – these are photo books for the discerning set.
If you’re looking to take your photobook creating to the next level (and are wiling to pay a bit more as a 20-page book will cost around $45), this is certainly worth a look.