why should you design my books? isn't it easier to use an automated website?
While there are many great online bookmaking options available, what we offer is a different service — with each book tailor-made to its subject, not built on templates. When you come to us with a project, we approach it with creativity, editing skills, and suggestions as to how to make the book even more precious and special to you. We choose every element of a book specifically for you — from the binding style to the paper to the fabric and endsheets. The books that we make are archival-quality, combining the latest printing technology with old-style binding techniques meant to last for generations.
Working with us is a full-service experience, meant to make a creative project smooth and enriching for you. We can take unsorted raw material from a variety of formats (on discs, hard drives, films, VHS tapes, negatives, photos, boxes of keepsakes and more) off your hands completely, and organize and digitize it safely and carefully. In the end, you receive not only a beautifully finished book, but also a digital archive for safekeeping
how much am i involved as a client?
You can be involved as much or as little as you like. You can provide your material and we'll take it from there — or you can edit, put things in order, tell us your visual preferences, and proof throughout the process. We want the experience to be as hands-off or in-depth as you prefer.
do i have to live in new york to work with you?
Not at all. We often work with out-of-state or international clients, and thanks to the wonders of the internet, that process is quite simple to navigate.
how long does a book design process take?
The time frame ranges from a few days for a small book to several months for large books containing thousands of photographs and pieces of material. Most books take 6 to 8 weeks to design and produce. If you contact us about a specific project, we'll happily provide an estimate of how long it will take
hOW DOES YOUR PROCESS WORK?
Our process often involves the following steps.
why buy a gift certificate?
Sometimes, you know that a friend or loved one would absolutely love to have a custom-designed book. It's a totally one-of-a-kind gift that will impress and delight even the person who seems to have it all. However, it can be complicated to make a book as a surprise gift for someone — it's definitely possible, but you have to plan in advance, and be able to provide the high resolution material. Sometimes it can be hard to get your hands on someone else's photos. So, by giving a gift certificate, you remove the complications of having to provide material on behalf of the recipient — and you give them the gift of being able to make the book that they themselves would most dream of making
do you accept credit cards?
Yes. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.