As I mentioned in my 2011 Retrospective blog at the end of the year, I put together a book of all my favourite photos of the year (as I do every year). I use Blurbto get my books printed, and I have to say on this occasion they've really out done themselves!
I had a 25% discount voucher that needed to be used up by the end of 2011, so I submitted my order on the 31st December. I'm shocked that it's now the 6th of January, and I have the book in my hands. With a 2 day shipping service, that's a 4 day turnaround... over the new year period! Combined with the price, I really can't find any reason to go anywhere else!
Since I last had a book from Blurb, they've added a few new paper options that I thought I'd give a try. The new ProLine range adds some new paper stock and the option to choose the colour of your end sheets. I've always used Blurb's Premium paper option when ordering and been reasonably satisfied with it. The two new papers are much heavier and come in a pearl and uncoated finish. I gave the uncoated a go and I really like it. It's more matt than the premium paper I had last time and feels a lot more expensive. The images seem to show a lot more tonal range and the colours are reproduced pretty much exactly as they should be. I'll be interested to try the pearl finish at some point to compare a glossier look, but for now I'm happy.
Here's a few images...