Raise your hand if you’ve ordered a book from iPhoto.
My father-in-law ordered one right after installing and opening iPhoto 5. He got it in about a week later and called me. He was not impressed (mind you, he’s a huge Apple nut). I figured he was being overly critical and that it would actually be pretty cool.
Hmmm. Well, I went over to his house soon thereafter and checked his iPhoto [medium sized] book out for myself. He was spot-on in his assessment:
The images weren’t very sharp at all (the originals came from a Canon 10D dSLR kit, and looked fantastic) and the printing was grainy at best. The images were not glossy either (yeah, I realize it’s a way to keep the cost down, but make it an option Apple!), though the paper was a nice weight.
Early last week I express ordered my own iPhoto 5 book for my wife as a Valentine’s gift (yeah, it’s a day after Valentine’s and it’s finally supposed to be arriving today…guess I could have acted on that one sooner). My hopes are that I’ll be pleasantly surprised, and that my Father-in-law’s book was an uncommon occurrence.
I’ve got a $150 Canon bubble jet that spits out 8×10 photos that look professionally printed – and it does them in barely a minute! If Apple’s going to offer these cool books are low low prices (which is awesome), at least let us know the quality ain’t gonna be there. And then give us an option to upgrade the print quality if we so desire!
And by the way, did you know if you want to order a small sized book for $3.99, you have to order them in packs of 3? So don’t be fooled that you can get a small iPhoto book shipped for like $7 – it’s more like $17 when you complete the order.
So what experiences have you had with Apple’s photo books? Have you gotten the large, small, or hard-cover versions? Does the book size, or hard/soft cover have any relation to the quality of the printing? I’d love to know if anyone else is as dismayed as my father-in-law and I are at the apparent lack of quality.