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One of the first decisions you have to make is how all those pages are going to be stuck together. We call this the book binding and iPhoto offers three types of bindings. Now which one you choose will be dependent upon the theme as well as the size of the book. Let's take a look at those choices. First off, you have a hard cover book and this is going to put a cover on the book that is just that. Made out of cardboard with a coated wrapping with the photo and this makes a very durable book.
You'll often see slip covers on these books as well. The benefit of the hardcover is that the book is designed to last longer. So if you're making something that you want to give as a gift or put on the bookshelf and have it last for quite some time, choose the Hardcover option. The Hardcover option does add ten extra dollars to the cost of the book however. So if you are looking to save money, you might consider the Softcover or Wire-bound. When you choose Softcover you'll see several different options available.
It's still the same layout. You still have just as many themes, but you will notice that a new size has been added. Under Hardcover we had large and extra large books. Under Softcover, we add the medium and small while losing the extra large size. The difference in printed book size will affect your layouts. So if you're switching between cover bindings, you might want to think about the size that you choose. Remember, going with the large size will work in both Hardcover and Softcover.
However, switching sizes is not that big of a deal. Notice the differences here. Adding more pages in the Hardcover book adds 99 cents a page while in the Softcover book its 69 cents a page. The Softcover books are less expensive, because they're not designed to last as long. They're still quite good, but if you're looking for something a little bit more affordable, the Softcover book option is just that. The other option to consider is Wire-bound.
Now the benefit with the Wire-bound books is that these can be laid flat. So if you're looking to make books that you put out in a conference room area, or maybe at a trade show, or you want to lay out at a party and have those books stay open to a particular page, this works really well. One thing I've seen people use these spiral bound books for is for books that show off their homes. Perhaps you're selling your house and you want to have a book with all of the features. Or I've seen these books being quite popular with kids who find them easier to leave open to a particular page so the young reader does not have to keep the book held open.
They can lay it flat and then when ready turn the page. The binding choice is really up to you. If you want to make an album that lasts longer I highly recommend the Hardcover book option, but the other two are quite affordable and do produce high quality books as well.
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