TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Mixbook is a leading publishing service that enables you to create gorgeous, personalized photo books and other customized keepsakes. Mixbook handily earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award with its multitude of book options and its robust combination of customization options and design functionality. Additionally, features such as its proprietary AutoMix and pre-designed templates make the service exceptionally easy to use, and the quality of its finished photo books is outstanding. Whether you want to create a photo book as a gift or a portfolio of your work, Mixbook is the go-to service to design and publish top-notch photo books online.

Features
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Mixbook boasts a seemingly endless array of features you can utilize to build your photo books. Its web-based design software provides prefabricated layout templates; you simply choose a layout and upload your photos. The themed templates are ideal if you're creating a photo book to commemorate a special occasion, such as a wedding or new baby.

Mixbook gives you access to an array of photo editing tools, allowing you to adjust elements such as brightness, contrast and saturation with easy dial controls. You can also change the hue of a photo and add shadow effects. For instance, you can change the blur, distance, angle, opacity and color using a simple drop-down menu. These effects allow you to give a new look to any image without the use of a separate photo-editing application.

If you are short on time or creative aptitude, Mixbook makes creating a photo book easy and effortless with its AutoMix feature. Simply pick a theme, upload your photos and select AutoMix; the software will automatically populate the entire book with the uploaded photos. If needed, you can then adjust the placement of your photos until the book is exactly as you want.

The publisher's collaboration and sharing capabilities are especially impressive. Unlike comparable photo book services, Mixbook is tailored for collaborative projects. You can invite others to upload photos, add text and decorate pages on the same photo book project. You can also share your creations on Facebook or publish them on your own blog or website.

Mixbook always uploads your photos in their original resolution. It has some additional features you won't find with similar photo book services, such as a matte photo finish and a strong money-back guarantee. The service also offers a discount on volume orders.

Beyond photo books, Mixbook offers other personalized keepsakes, including greeting cards and calendars. You can invite and collaborate with others on these types of projects too.

Quality
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All photo products created with Mixbook are high quality, but its photo books are particularly impressive. The books are sturdy and professional looking, with sharp, clear images and colors that are true to life.

The processing time for Mixbook is three to five business days, which is average for most online photo books. Once printed, the book is shipped according to whichever shipping option you selected at the time you placed your order. For time-sensitive projects, Mixbook provides overnight and two-day shipping. All other orders are sent via ground or budget – an extremely cost-effective but slow shipping method. Mixbook also offers international shipping.
 

Book Options
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A wide selection of sizing and cover options ensures that you can create a visually stunning photo book to your exact specifications. Mixbook offers seven different sizing options, ranging from a 6 x 4-inch mini photo book to a large, 14 x 11-inch coffee table book. The company even gives you recommendations as to which sizes are best suited for certain projects. For instance, Mixbook recommends square books for digital scrapbooking and landscape sizes for wedding photo books or guest books.

The publisher provides four popular cover options, including hardcover, softcover and genuine leather. Dust jackets are also an option, and you can customize any hardcover and dust jacket with a photo of your choosing. Most online photo book publishers also offer cloth covers, such as linen or silk, but Mixbook does not.

Ease of Use
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Mixbook excels in terms of usability, offering intuitive design software and easy-to-use editing tools that make creating a photo book fun and enjoyable, not difficult. The interface of Mixbook's online editor is clean and easy to navigate, with buttons and features that are clearly marked. It also displays where to drag photos and insert text on each of your pages. When you first start to use the service, a guided tour pops up on your screen. The tour walks you through Mixbook and helps familiarize you with all of its various features and functions.

Even if you are not very computer savvy, you should have no problem working with Mixbook. It's entirely possible to create a basic but polished photo book in just a few hours – or even a few minutes with the AutoMix feature.

Help & Support
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Mixbook has a help button embedded in its web-based editor. At any point during the creation process, you can click it to learn more about specific features in the editor. The Mixbook website has additional support resources, including a comprehensive FAQs section that covers everything ranging from the Mixbook editor to processing orders and payments. For specific inquiries, you can contact Mixbook by email and live chat on its website – whichever method is most convenient for you. The company does not provide telephone support, but you should find its current support offerings to be more than sufficient.

Mixbook Summary:
9.8/10

Mixbook is the best photo book publisher on the web. It provides excellent support options and intuitive ease of use. More important, the service surpasses much of the competition in terms of available features and the quality of its photo books. While Mixbook doesn't have a cloth option for your book cover, it does offer a variety of other cover and size options. Regardless of why you create photo books, Mixbook is the perfect service to design your one-of-a-kind creation.

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Pros
Mixbook boasts top-notch book quality, comprehensive editing tools and convenient prefab templates that can save you time. Its online editor is also extremely easy to use and navigate.

Cons
Cloth covers for your books are not an option, but the service offers several other popular cover types.

The Verdict
: 9.8/10

Excellent product quality and rich design features make Mixbook our top choice among photo book publishers.