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Albelli book printing service, free book giveaway

Update: There are no more discount codes available.

Albelli, a new photo book printing service from Album Printer Solutions, launched today.

Albelli features a photo book creation service that integrates with Photobucket and book creation software based on the Flash-based Adobe AIR platform which means it is compatible with Windows and Mac with Linux “on the way.” Is it just me or are there a ton of these do-it-yourself book printing services now? Shutterfly, Blurb, Qoop, Lulu, HP, MyPublisher, etc.

Shipping is free during the beta period. They offer books in portrait, landscape, and square formats with leather or linen covers.

I have not tried the service. If you are interested in giving it a go, leave a comment. Albelli has generously given us 20 coupon codes for a free medium landscape photo book or equivalent discount off a higher-priced book. All I ask is that after using the service you email me your impressions for publication here or write a review in the comments. Leave a valid email address so I can email you a discount code. Only one per person, please.

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John Watson

John is the original founder of Photodoto, but after running it for 4 years he had to focus on different things. If you're interested in what John has been up to recently, you can check is personal blog or browse his photo blog.

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  • hook me up, John! i’ll definitely let you know what i think of the finished product [via your tweet]

  • Hey John, I’d like a coupon code. Is it cool to review it on my site?

  • Becci

    I’d love to give this a try.

  • Mojo Denbow

    Hey there John,

    Wonderwife says I need to do more with photos..like say, printing them. This may be a good start.


    Photo Mojo

  • @Bryan, that’s fine, just point me to your review when you’ve done it (and some link love is always appreciated). :-)

  • Trent

    I too, would like to test this out. Run it in a good old head to head with the people I’m using now, see how it looks….

  • I would love to give this service a try, and I would be happy to share my thoughts with you once I receive the book. If you have any codes left, please send one my way.

    Thanks :)

  • Andrew Leonhard

    I would love to try this out. I’d be happy to comment on the finished product.

  • Justin

    Awesome, I’m just getting back from seven months in Asia and would love to make a photo book of my travels. I’ll be sure to leave some comments on the site whenever I get the book!

  • Absolutely!

  • I’d definitely love to try out the service and write up a review. If you have any codes left, please send one my way.

  • Dan

    Hey there, I’ve been trying to figure out what service to use for Mother’s Day, and this sounds like a great option. Send me a code and I’ll comment on the process and the delivered book!

  • I would love to give it a go. I haven’t printed a book in a while, so I’m due. thanks!

  • I’d love to try this out and report back! I’ve used shutterfly and mypublisher, so I have two to compare to.


  • maile

    i’d love to see how their picture books tur out. i’ve got a ton of pictures just waiting to be published.

  • Hi! I’d love to try the book as well! Please send the code if you have one left.

    Thank you!!

  • I’d love it

  • I would love to try it out and would be happy to write a review!


  • I would be superhappy to try this out and give you a review if there are any codes left… Thanks John!

  • I would be more than happy to provide a review in exchange for a free book! I’d like a code, please, if there are any left…

  • Hey sounds great! I’ll drop a review when I get my copy :)

  • I’d love to try this out!! I write great reviews too. ;)

  • Jon

    I would love to try this out! I’ve tried other services, so I’d love to compare! Thanks!

  • Lisa

    How interesting! I’d love to try it out!

  • I’d love to give it a go if you have any coupons left. Thanks!

  • Uncle! :-) All gone! Check your mailboxes (and your spam folder, just in case). Sorry if you didn’t get one. More giveaways coming.

  • I’d be great having a coupon if you still have one…

  • Kim

    I would love to try this out too!

  • Lynda

    I just heard about this! It sounds like a great idea. I’m definitely interested.

  • There are no more discount codes.

  • It took me about an hour or so to get the photobook the way I wanted. Then, my order upload froze for me yesterday at 54%. Bad. I sent them an email.

  • Kelly I

    I check out their website but other services – winkflash & shutterfly seem to offer more options – a peekabo cover and different bindings for the same price – I’ll stick with them.

  • Well, if there’s one thing I can say for Abelli, they’re fast! I ordered my book on Tuesday evening, and it was waiting for me when I arrived home today!

    The software for designing the book was simple and quick to use. There weren’t quite as many layout/design options as with Shutterfly or MPix, but the prices are lower in comparison. For some reason 3 of the photos I chose to upload would not go. I have no idea why–they were taken at the same time and with the same camera as all the others. That was annoying, because then I had to go back and choose new photos.

    The book is nice. Smaller than I expected for a medium, but the printing is very nice quality and it’s bound well. The one very negative thing was that apparently there is a text limitation on the cover. I was unaware of this and chose the title of “********* Family Vacation” and the front of my book is printed with “********* Family Vac” This I do not like, and if I had paid for the book I would have asked for a reprint. However, since it was free, I’ll keep it :-)

    Overall, I’d use them again for smaller sized photo books, especially if I’m in a hurry. The quality is good and they were super speedy and quite simple to use, and the prices are very reasonable–even shipping. For larger, more complicated books I’d probably stick with MPix, simply for the greater variety of design options.

  • Elena

    John, if you have any coupons left, I would like to give it a try as well. I just graduated from a university, and I need to make a nice photo book about my educational accomplishments. Thanks.

  • Justin

    I’ve been working with Albelli support since I got the coupon. So far, no luck. The app perpetually uploads my pictures, never finishing. :(

    I’ll post again if I ever actually get to use the free coupon.

  • Thanks for the code, John. I finally found the time to make my book tonight (5.04.08).

    I’ll be writing a full review once I get the book back, but I will say that their software is definitely BETA. It’s lacking some basic features, and has a very unfinished feel to it.

    Unlike some of the other comments, I didn’t have any trouble uploading my images. At least, I don’t think I did. The software never actually gave me any indication one way or the other as to if it uploaded my images. I have to assume it did, since I received a confirmation email for my book order from Albelli.

    I’ll let you know how it all turns out. :)

  • Thanks for the code. I created my book and received it pretty quickly.

    I agree with the above reviewer- the book was smaller than I expected and limited in design.

    The photo quality was good.

    Thank you again!

  • I’m surprised at the previous comments about how fast they received their book. I ordered mine on May 4th. As of today (5/9) I haven’t received the book, nor have I had any additional emails from Albelli. This combined with the glitches in their software is rapidly earning them a very unfavorable review.

  • Well finally got around to it, just terrible.

    Bad software with very limited options. No option to put a picture on the cover. Cropping and fitting images in the software basically does not work. Integration with flickr and smugmug works good, but that about it. I would not use the site again until the design aspect is beefed up, this does not come close to the other photo book companies I have used.

  • Like a few other here, the software took forever to load. My last email to them was April 24th, and I finally got a reply TODAY – 20 days later!

    At least they apologized for the delay.

    I’ll try it again as soon as I can, but I’m turned off already.

  • Justin

    The latest software updates from Albelli seemed to fix most all of my problems. I was able to upload my photos, and I’ve gotten the book in the mail.

    I agree that the book is small then expected. But it is the advertised size. I almost feel like they should warn me when I put four photos on the same page.

    The book seems well bound to me, and I must say that I’m happy with it. However, the printing could be a little better. The pictures look a little grainy too me. Either my pictures are too small or the dpi is not high enough. Also, I’d like the option for glossy versus matte.

    Thanks again for the coupon!

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