If you’re not keen on making an account and getting a slew of emails from a company, Mailpix might be the way to go. With this photo book company, you can make a photo book as a guest, no account needed.
Mailpix offers premium ultra layflat, layflat, hardcover book and softcover photo book styles, ranging from 8-by-8- to 11-by-14-inch books. The site recommends designing the book on a computer and using JPEG files. You can pick out styles for almost every occasion — birthday celebrations, Mother’s and Father’s day, holidays like Christmas, Halloween and Hanukkah, birthdays and pets.
Mailpix guides you through the process step by step, so you won’t feel lost or overwhelmed. In addition to choosing how many pages and how many images per page, Mailpix provides guidance on image sizing for the highest quality outcome. There’s also an autofill option that helps save time putting all your images in. As you’re building your book, Mailpix puts a red line around the page indicating that a section might be cropped out during the photo book printing.
There was a nice diversity in page layouts, and the site warns you if a photo’s resolution is too low, so you can adjust. In addition, Mailpix updates your price total as you go along, so you’re not caught off-guard by the final price at checkout.
How much it costs: When you’re satisfied with your book, name it and choose how many copies you’d like to order. Select a cover style, add a photo if you’d like and check out. The prices for the book styles and amount of pages vary, as with other sites — the fancier the book and the more pages you add, the more expensive it gets. On Mailpix, every additional page costs $1.20.
An 8.5-by-11-inch hardcover book with a standard 20 pages came to $28 before tax and shipping — ground shipping is $19, express shipping runs $20. It should also be noted that at the time this was written, Mailpix was offering a promo code for 65% off.