PROS / A unique binding option allows you to insert additional pages and change covers over time.
CONS / There are no themed templates and only a handful of book options to choose from.
VERDICT / Kolo's sleek photo books are ideal if you want a contemporary, minimalist look for your projects.
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Kolo is a photo book service that places a strong emphasis on presentation. Its photo books are elegant and minimalistic, drawing focus to your photos rather than design embellishments. What makes Kolo's photo books unique is that each one is expandable; you can insert additional pages even after your book is printed. You won't find many book options or layout templates with Kolo, but those it does offer are aesthetically appealing.
As mentioned above, presentation is of utmost importance with Kolo. Its detailing is impeccable, with attention given duly to both photo quality and binding quality. All of your photos are uploaded in their original resolution and retain their original vibrancy after printing. Moreover, a post-construction binding on its popular Newbury style gives you the option to expand your custom photo books over time by inserting additional pages or changing the covers. All of these design factors make Kolo a good option for artists, photographers and other professionals or amateur hobbyists who would use a photo book to display their work.
Kolo photo books are only available in three sizes, which is disappointing considering that most photo book publishers offer four or more. There are only three cover options – hardcover, cloth and leather. The covers come in a variety of colors.
Kolo provides a remarkably easy, intuitive photo upload and design experience. While there are minor hang-ups that can crop up while you use the editor (photos can take some time to upload), these difficulties don't distract too heavily from the experience of creating a photo book.
We are also impressed with the service's support resources. The Kolo website features a detailed and well-organized FAQs section. Kolo offers additional support by email, telephone and live chat. The latter can be an invaluable customer service resource for any type of product, including photo books sites. Kolo's live chat service means that you can ask questions and receive answers at the exact moment you are creating photo books.
Kolo produces one-of-a-kind photo books that you can conveniently expand and revise at any time. However, a narrow selection of sizing and cover options means you're limited on the types of photo books you can create. Regardless, with its professional finishes and unique binding, Kolo constitutes an excellent online photo book publisher.