Blurb offers unique designs and features with its online photo book service. Unlike other services, Blurb gives you free rein over the design of your book. You can download its BookWright software to make custom designs and layouts, or you can use the online photo book editor and place your photos into the premade layouts. The size and cover options are limited, though.

If you use the online photo book editor, you can change the backgrounds of the pages and layouts. The autofill feature places all of your photos for you. Blurb also creates custom photo books out of your Facebook, Instagram and other photo-sharing sites. Instead of uploading photos from them, it makes a book only of those photos and the captions you had with them.

Blurb not only offers unique features, but also atypical sizing options. The books do not come in standard sizes. For instance, the portrait book is 10 x 8 inches instead of the standard 11 x 8.5 inches. On the other hand, the cover options are standard and limited. You can choose from a soft cover, a hard cover with a dust jacket or an image wrapped around a cover.

While the size of the book is odd, the high quality of the book is maintained. It comes with matte pages that won't show fingerprints, a protective front and back page, and a sturdy cover. The quality of the images is sharp and vivid if you used high-resolution photos, but if you used lower-quality photos for your book, it is noticeable in the final product.

The average time to process and ship your book is only three days. When you need your book fast, it offers overnight shipping. The online photo book editor is very user-friendly. It offers tips if you hover over buttons. Blurb's website features a FAQs page, email and live chat option in case you have problems while using the service.

Blurb Summary:

Blurb's photo books are unique in several ways. You can make photo books from your social media sites and design the entire book with Blurb's software. While the books do not come in standard sizes and offer few cover options, they are a unique way to share your photos.



Blurb gives you the option to design the book yourself or have its online editor do it for you.

It does not offer standard sizing options.

The Verdict:

You can create photo books easily with Blurb's online photo book editor, given its ability to integrate with your social media and let you take creative control, but the sizing is odd.