Student Information

Bob Books offers a variety of services and an ongoing 20% student discount to help make creating a photobook even easier.

Welcome to Bob Books. We are delighted that you've joined us. At Bob Books we understand that it can be difficult to find professional quality products and services at an affordable price, that is why we have put together some useful information and offer a 20% student discount to help you produce beautiful photo products that really show off your hard work at its very best.

Photobooks

You can create your own personalised, professionally bound photobooks using a range of creation tool. To get started we recommend you take a look at our Products and Pricing page for information on our sizes, paper types, cover types and number of pages. Our price calculator shows you the cost of your chosen book format, and you can see more details on our delivery costs and turn around times.

Student discounts and Rewards

We offer students an ongoing 20% discount off every order you place. You will be able to enter your code to redeem the discount and you will still earn Bob reward points on every order you place.

Save 20% off photobooks with the code BBPCL20 at checkout. 

Valid on photobooks only. Not valid on logo-free books, calendars, wall art, postage and packaging, Design Service fees, or books purchased through the Bob Bookshop. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or gift voucher.

Make a Book

 

Creation Tools

We offer a number of ways to create your photobook. For greater flexibility and reliability in designing your phtoobook, we recommend usinng our Bob Designer software. Our Desktop Software is free to download and offers the most flexibility and creativity in designing your photobook offline. 

 

Watch the Getting Started with Bob Designer help video

How to select the correct photobook format for your project

How to upload your photos and place images in templates

How to select and customise your photobook layouts

How to add, edit and format text in your photobook

Where to find editing tools in the Bob Designer software

Our PDF to Book software is perfect for those familiar with Adobe InDesign as it generates the cover and content templates for our book formats and your can export PDFs using our saved presets and upload on our website.

Watch the Getting Started with PDF to Book software help video

How to select the correct photobook format for your project

Explanation of design, trim and bleed boundaries

How to prepare your images and text for print

How to select our presets to export your files as PDFs

How to upload your PDFs ready for print

What to do if you fail your pre-flight check

Paper Sample pack

Not sure which paper type to go for? Bob Books has five different paper types to choose from for your photo book. You can order our Paper Swatches Pack to help you choose. It contains one colour and one black & white print on each of our 5 paper types, to help you decide which finish would best suit your project.

The pack costs £5 including delivery and you also receive a £10 Bob Books voucher to use against your next order.

Order a sample pack here.

Presentation boxes

Bob Books currently only offer photographic wrap-around covers. You can choose from paperback and hardback covers, however we do not currently offer leather or linen covers and also do not provide sleeves or dust jackets.

When you order through the Bob Designer software, you can order presentation boxes along with your photobooks. The boxes are available for all book sizes except small landscape and square. The presentation boxes are made of 2mm thick board covered with black linen fabric. They have a dual magnet closure and a red ribbon open tab.

Prices from £10.99

Individual presentation boxes can be purchased here.

Other Products

It's not just photobooks. You can create personalised CalendarsWall Art and Photo Cards quickly and easily using the Bob Designer software or Online Creators. 

In particular our Posters and Gallery Mounts are a great way to dispaly your images for critiques or end of your shows.

We also offer Gift Vouchers that can be sent online or via post. The perfect gift for someone you know who'll love to make their own personalised product.

Turn around and Delivery

Turn around times vary depending on the book format. 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 turn around time for all other books is 7-10 working days. For European orders please allow an additional four to five days and for delivery outside Europe please allow and additional five to eight days for delivery time.

You can track your orders from your Bob Books account. For standard Bob Designer software photobook orders click here. For Logo-free Bob Designer Pro orders click here.

You can also quickly and easily re-order your photobook from your account. To re-order standard Bob Designer software photobooks click here. For Logo-free Bob Designer Pro orders click here.

Bob Bookshop

Once you have placed your order you will be invited to publish your book in our Bookshop. This is a great way to share an electronic preview of your book or even sell your book to others. You can choose to publish your book publicly, so members of the public can view it in our Online Bookshop, or privately so it is only visible from your account - although you can still share it with others via email or social media. You can set your book for sale, so people can buy copies of your book and you can even choose to earn from your book sales

Click here to find out more about selling your book.

The Bob Bookshop is also a great place to get ideas and inspiration for your photobook. View our Top Picks to get ideas of themes, layouts and design for your book.

Competition

If you have made a book you're proud of you can enter it in our Book of the Month competition. The winner will be chosen by our judge and receive a voucher for a free photobook. They will also be automatically entered into our Book of the Year competition and be in with a chance to win a fabulous prize. You can also enter our Photo of the Month competition. The theme of the competition changes each month and the winner receive a Wall Art voucher worth £100. 

We also run competitions through out the year. These will be announced on our website and social media pages. Click here to find out more.

You can keep up to date with the latest Bob Books news by signing up to our newsletter. You can find a link to this at the bottom of our Homepage. You can also check out our blog for interesting articles, interviews and tips on photography and design.