Tuesday, August 4, 2009

AdoramaPix photo books

I recently picked up the following comment on a blog, which was showcasing the results of a comparison between a number of companies who are offering to produce photobooks, and thought I would share it here - along with the answer that I posted:

I checked out A&I and Adorama, your two top winners: A&I doesn't even have an 8 x 10 size, and their 8.5 x 11 only comes in hardback, so it's VERY pricey.

Adorama doesn't say, at least immediately, whether they're offering a softback or a hardback 8 x 10, but whatever they're offering is $8 a copy more than Blurb. So I'm not sure what people were judging on, or if they were fully taking price into consideration.

Having been through a few rounds of this, I have to say your remarks about the importance of editing are spot on....some of the challenges I've encountered have to do with the software Blurb provides (it's extremely hard to tell where the final paper cuts will fall) ..........You just have to be very very attentive to the work, and that's not always easy when you're working under deadline.

AdoramaPix 8 x 10 books are indeed hardcover, and are printed on Fujifilm Crystal Archive Album photo paper, so they are not press printed, and as you are aware, this makes them very, very different from all the press books.

We took this decision as we discovered that with press books, there were frequently issues with color variations, which we wanted to avoid.
AdoramaPix books are basically digital c-prints bound in a book, with 100% lay-flat bindings.

These factors could very well be the reason why our books are not as cheap as other books of a similar kind.
However, we do feel that we are giving our customers an exceptionally high-quality book for the additional $8.

We do appreciate that this is a relatively new medium, and we are learning more effective methods all the time; however, the only other book in the test that scored higher than AdoramaPix overall was nearly triple the price and took 2 weeks to produce.

We are careful to ensure that we have no issues of color shift with books printed at different times on different machines. We also have ICC profiles available for download on our website (at no extra charge!) for the maximum control over your images and finished book.

There are undoubtedly improvements that we could make and we are always keen to learn from our customers where there are issues or problems that we need to resolve.

Please don't hesitate to contact me directly, if we can provide any additional help, advice or support.


Helen Oster
Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador


with thanks to Ingrid Spangler of AdoramaPix for her assistance with this entry.

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