Whether you're a fastidious photo taker or an impromptu snapper, making a photo book is the perfect way to treasure the thousands of photos languishing on our phones and cameras.
We love collecting memories of our kids when we’re out and about. And thanks to Instagram and Facebook, these photos can live on the internet forever. But, isn’t it ironic that we’re the most snap-happy generation of all time, yet we never quite get around to doing anything with the photos we take? Well, that’s about to change! Whether you’re thinking of commemorating a special moment with loved ones, or want to give a personalised gift, we’ve tracked down tons of options for getting photo books made and sent to you here in Singapore. From super easy-to-use websites and fast delivery options to high-end finishes, here are some fantastic photo book options to consider!
Where to buy photo books in Singapore for all your lovely memories
1. Artisan Prints
If you’re after a high-end, professional-looking book, Artisan Prints is for you. Turn your photos into a beautifully finished coffee table book, artfully bound and covered in soft fabric. There’s even an option to collate your Instagram pics into a book. Photos can be uploaded online and then compiled using a simple drag-and-drop interface. A personalised and inexpensive gift for a loved one!
Pricing: Prices start from $39 for a soft-cover Instagram book and $168 for a hard-cover book.
Lead time: Seven to 10 working days, with free two-day shipping to Singapore addresses.
FotoHub offers loads of photo products, including the FotoJournal book or the more premium FotoStory, which has professional binding plus canvas or hardcover options. You can build your book online, or with nine outlets across the island, you can visit one of their stores for help.
Pricing: Prices start from $35 for a soft-cover book and $60 for a hard-cover book.
Lead time: Four to seven working days (not including shipping).
3. Photobook Singapore
For fantastic variety, look no further than Photobook Singapore. There are options for every budget, requirement and taste, with tons of ready-made templates at your disposal, or why not start your own book from scratch? You can add text and heaps of images using its own software too. Keep your eyes peeled for regular photo book discounts on its website.
Pricing: Prices start from $42.80 for a soft-cover book.
Lead time: Depends on which delivery service is chosen; priority shipping and production take two to three working days. Express shipping and production takes five to seven days.
If you’re not in a hurry for your photo book or don’t mind paying a bit for shipping, check out Blurb. Based in the US, this is our pick for the prettiest website, with a real designer aesthetic. You can even opt for a magazine-style photo book or a flat-lay photo book with images spread seamlessly across a double-page spread. There are lots of options for layout tools, too. Either upload directly from Adobe InDesign, or use Blurb’s own tools.
Pricing: Prices start from US$14.99 for a soft-cover book.
Lead time: Four to five working days, then standard shipping takes around three weeks.
Another brilliant site offering plenty of photo products, Vistaprint offers a fuss-free, fast-turnaround service. You can get photo books printed in Singapore in a variety of sizes (from teensy 13 x 10cm up to 30 x 30cm tomes), with different options for covers (linen, leather, photo) and matte or glossy finish for inside pages.
Pricing: Prices start from $26.39 for a soft-cover book.
Lead time: Standard production and delivery takes 10 business days.
If you’re looking to create something specific with your photos, then Photobookjoy is an option to consider. You can customise your photo book following the six themes, down to which photos to feature as the covers. There are three ways for you to design your photo book, and once you’re done, add to cart and wait for the finished product to be delivered.
Pricing: Prices start from $35 for a soft-cover book.
Lead time: Seven to 10 working days during off-peak season; up to two weeks during peak season.
7. Brilliant Prints
Brilliant Prints has been the go-to for professional photographers, art houses, and interior designers for premium quality prints, so you know it’s good. It offers an incredible 75-year guarantee, which covers down to the imperfections in the canvas, colour and framing problems, and even peeling! Plus, you do not have to fork out any money until you have received your photo book. Sounds brilliant! Sure, prices may be a little steep in comparison to the others, but for its guarantee alone, we’re willing to fork out that tidy sum.
Pricing: Prices start from $288 for a 20-page fine art photo book.
Lead time: Seven working days upon confirmation; self pick-up at its studio or add on $23 for shipping.
8. Optimal Print
Looking for a last-minute gift idea? Optimal Print offers fast delivery for its photo book services, so no need to rush out and get something. Personalising your own photo book has never looked so easy (just three steps!), which has earned rave reviews and recommendations from plenty of satisfied customers. Plus, there are seven different formats to choose from for your photo book (up to 200 pages!) and everything is printed on eco-friendly paper, which we love.
Pricing: Prices start from $19.90.
Lead time: Up to 10 days (shipping within Singapore included).
Having a baby? Or want to showcase your travels? Keepsakes from your wedding? Memoralise them (and more) forever by creating a photo book with Photojaanic. With over 50 free and exclusive templates to choose from, designing will definitely be a breeze. Plus, every photo book you’ve created comes with a free, shareable digital album. Two for the price of one, that’s a win-win for the wallet!
Pricing: Prices start from $18.50 for a soft-cover or a baby book.
Lead time: Within 11 days.
10. KT Colour
This Singapore-based business has been around since 1994 – the granddaddy of printing, if you will. The photo book options are limited to only flip books and the standard hard-covers, which means easier decision making. Plus, KT Colour‘s flip books come in such handy sizes that it’s practically easy to bring them around and share your memories with whoever you bump into.
Pricing: Prices start from $8 for a standard 12-page flip book.
Lead time: Standard four days (shipping notwithstanding).
11. Meural WiFi Photo Frame
Or, if you’re after a digital alternative to the photobook, how about a digital photo frame? Forget the notion of these looking a bit naff; the latest models actually look like a real photo frame and blend seamlessly into your home. We tested the Meural WiFi Photo Frame and found it easy-peasy to upload images from your phone in minutes with the dedicated app. We also liked that it gives you the option of being both standing and wall mountable, so it can fit anywhere in your home. Plus, it’s got loads of fancy features like playlists and ambient light sensors to really make your memories come to life!
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