What is special about Bound in a Book?
Bound in a Book is a bespoke service - your book will be designed specifically around the material you have provided. No standard templates, which means that no two book designs are ever the same. I give each book it's own creative style, and voice.
Can I see samples of your work?
Of course! Here are some photos of books here, and more on the Facebook page and especially, on Instagram.
How many photos can I include in my photobook?
The minimum amount of photos needed for a book is 20 and the maximum is 400.
How much does a photobook cost?
This depends on the type of book you are after, the amount of photos you would like to include in the book, as well as the type of cover you prefer. Please see our pricing page for more details.
What is the difference between a regular photobook and a layflat book?
A layflat book can open with the pages lying completely flat, as opposed to a regular style bind with a photobook. Pages in a layflat are also thicker, but are limited to 110 pages instead of the usual 220.
How and when do I pay?
Payment is needed to secure your order. You can do this via bank transfer or online payment link only.
Are photos taken with my phone ok to use? What about photos saved off Facebook and WhatsApp?
Photos should ideally to be in high resolution for print. Full size phone photos are great but photos saved off Facebook and WhatsApp will not be full size files. A few of these are fine to include but you do want to have a good number of high resolution images as these make the truly impressive pages in your book. These photos are taken with a camera, or your phone. (If you are compiling a gift book with several contributors, do encourage them to email you their photos rather than WhatsApp them to you, as this drastically reduces the file quality.)
Can you help me choose the photos that will go into my book?
Yes, if you want me to. I can choose the photos for you, or you could choose them yourself. I leave this entirely up to you as photos can be very personal and some people might prefer to have the final say in which photos are included in their book, but I am more than happy to help out.
What if I need to scan older, printed photos in?
Not a problem. Please scan them in on a high resolution. Alternatively, I can scan them in for you. Let me know if you need my help (there is no extra charge if it's ten or less).
My photos aren't in the right order. How can I organise them?
Folders are your friend. The easiest way to organise your photos into an order that is clear is to use numbered folders. Alternatively, if you need a more specific order, I recommend Adobe Bridge (download free here). Watch this video for a tutorial as to how to go about organising and renaming your files in Adobe Bridge to ensure they are in the right sequence. This does require a certain amount of technical knowledge however and it is not necessary if your book isn't completely dependent on things being in a specific order. Please discuss this with me.
I'm not very good with computers - could I avoid using DropBox?
Of course! Google Drive is also an option if you find that easier, or you could drop off a USB flash drive of your photos if you prefer. I am located in DIP. In the case of wedding albums, I will probably request this as professional images are usually so large, DropBox becomes an issue anyway!
Can I add extra photos once the book has been designed?
Adding photos once the book has been designed will involve redesigning one or more pages and therefore a redesign charge will apply.
How long does it take for my photobook to be ready?
You should give it about 3 weeks from when you submit your images, if you are in the UAE. This includes design, printing, and delivery. Delivery times to other countries may differ. Please do remember, however, that Bound in a Book is a one-woman-company and I design all the books myself. Sometimes it does get quite busy and there may be a delay, in which case I will inform you up front. Priority is given to gift books books with birthday/leaving the country deadlines, and as always my recommendation is to plan ahead to avoid disappointment.
Can I place an order for a book that I need next week?
Simply put, no. Please see the paragraph above for an explanation on timelines. For orders that are needed by a specific date that falls within less than one month of confirmation, a 50aed charge is added to upgrade shipping to ensure the book is with you by the required date.
How will my photobook be delivered to me?
Can I order a photobook from Bound in a Book if I'm based outside the UAE?
What will my photobook be called?
That's up to you, and I can make suggestions if you need me to.
Can I order more than one copy of a book?
Most certainly. Please see the pricing page for more details.
Where are photobooks printed?
Bound in a Book uses Blurb to print photobooks. I choose to use this company for a variety of reasons. I have used this company for several years and because of this I know that the quality of the books is excellent. They are sturdy and can handle little hands eagerly leafing through them. I also know the software well and can therefore get the very best out of it. On top of all this, Blurb customer care is top notch and, because things do sometimes go wrong, I value this immensely as they are always on hand to help out.
Do you offer any discounts?
From time to time, yes. Follow @Boundinabook on Instagram and Facebook for up-to-date offers. Safa Community School families are entitled to a 5% discount on Classic and Mini photobooks.
If the answer to your question is not here, please email us!