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Review: – Photo Book

Qoop book
The other day my book arrived! Qoop has a partnership with Flickr, and users can order books and posters and such of their photos. Ordinarily I’m happy to be rid of the clutter of paper copies of photos, but I made an exception with I finished my year in photos project. Having a printed copy of all 365 entries is just too cool!

Unfortunately, cool is not cheap. This volume ran me around $40. Not something I’d do often, but as a splurge it was manageable.

Anyway, on to quality. I went with four photos per 8.5 x 11 page, for a 90something page count, and everything is crisp and viewable. I also had the book perfect bound, instead of stapled, and it looks very durable as a result. My captions for each photo are included as well. I was worried that some might be cut for length, but photo placement and font size is adjusted a bit where necessary to make sure nothing is lost. I’m sure there’s an upper limit to this adjusting, but I didn’t run into it.

My only real complaint is that there isn’t enough customization available. In particular, I would have loved to be able to design a better cover. The set of photos there is chosen at random, and I was allotted two short lines of text. If I liked some photos but not others, I had to generate an entire new random set. It took me an absurd number of tries to get one that I mostly like.

While this is unrelated to Qoop themselves, I was also disappointed with DHL’s shipping time of my book. The package got lost in limbo somewhere, and spent three days bouncing back and forth between Atlanta and Chatanooga. Thankfully the book was packaged very nicely, and suffered no harm.

So in summary: Due to the price, I wouldn’t recommend Qoop for mass production. But for one-off copies like this, I’m quite happy.

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  1. Hmm, not sure if I was unlucky with the quality I got from Qoop.

    Qoop’s print quality is terrible. The paper they use is actually very good (Fuji Crystal Archive), but the ink looks very cheap to me (e.g., quality of faces is terrible, the photo looks “digitized”, i.e. one can see the pixels).

    I am a photographer with knowledge of resolutions etc (didn’t have time to print this batch of photos myself this time), and I did upload high
    resolution images.

    Very disappointed…looking for alternatives.

  2. Hi there, thanks for the review, just ordered a batch of photos myself, in hardcover format, hope they will be ok.

    I would also like to point out I have looked at a few reviews on the net and have seen the comment by ET above in a few places, perhaps someone trying to damage Qoop as a company?, or someone who likes to copy and paste…

    Again thanks for the review

  3. I just order my first QOOP book. It hasn’t arrived yet (I just ‘sent it to press’ on Saturday). So, I am eager to see how it turns out, the subject matter is my recent trip to Ireland.

    Anyway, the reason for my post is that I was able to customize my cover photos. I don’t know if this is is an enhancement since your order. It wasn’t obvious till I started poking around the page to setup your cover. Its of the drag photos you don’t want off, drag photos you do want on operation. (and they give you a ‘slidetray’ type browser of your photos at the top of the screen). You can then drag photos around on the cover to set the order. So I tried to include a photo of each major site I visited, as well as one of me enjoying the required pint of Guinness for a personal touch.

    Their prices do run high, so its not something I would do for every photo, just special occasions.

  4. that’s great to hear! It’s been a couple of years since I made this post, which makes me wonder what other features they’ve added since then.