How to create a Bob Book

19th July 2017

Creating your first photobook can be daunting, but once you get started you can see how easy and quick (depending on just how many images you have to sort through) it is.

The first thing to do is have in mind what they subject of your photobook will be. Is it a trip you’ve taken, a celebration of a special occasion, or a portfolio to advance your career? Once you know what the subject is, you need to get your contents in one folder. Bob Books recommends that you save all the images you want to use in one place, and and prepare any text or captions you wish to include.

Next decide on your photobook format, We have 7 different sizes and 6 paper types to choose from. You can find out all about our different paper types here. Our page numbers start at 26 and go up in sets of 8. Our prices vary depending on whether you choose a hardback or paperback cover, and the size, paper type and number of pages in your book. You can review our photobook formats and price calculator here:

Next you need to decide on how you want to create your book. Our Bob Designer software is the most flexible and reliable creator tool and free to download it gives you the most design options and access to great added extras. We also offer an Online Book Creator tool, which lets you log in and design your book online so you can access your book from any computer. Our PDF to Book software for is for Designers who know their way around InDesign and our Bob Books app lets you create a book from your iPad or iPhone. We also have options for creating your book outside the Bob Books software, either with Pixellu Smart Albums or with your own Desktop design software. For professional customers logo-free options are available. With Bob Books there are many ways to create and we’ve put together this guide to help you select the right tool.

Once you have chosen the photobook format and tool thats right for you, then you’re ready to start designing your book. We have help videos on all our book making tools to help you get started. Once you place your order, just sit back and wait for your photobook to be delivered direct to your door. Production and delivery to the UK is within 10-12 working days for all large landscape books, large portrait books and all photographic paper books. The turnaround time for all other books is 7-10 working days.

Once you’ve placed your order, you can publish your book in our Online Bookshop. This is a great way to share your photobook with family, friends and clients. Your book can be shared publicly which means it will be visible in our bookshop, or you can share it privately, so it is only visible in your account, you can share a private link to it via email or social media. Whether your book is public or private you can place it for sale and earn from sales of your book.

At Bob Books we like to consider ourselves a community, with Bob Reward points you earn loyalty points based on every £1 you spend with us. This can be saved up and used to redeem money-off vouchers to use on future orders with us. We also run monthly contests with our Book of the Month and Photo of the Month competitions as well as fun giveaways throughout the year. You can sign up to our newsletters to receive notifications of our giveaways and discounts, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to get involved.

To get started, create an account today and receive 15% off your first photobook order.

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