Ubyu Offers Advanced Photo Books for Professional Photographers

October 20, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books | 5 Comments |
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Ubyu is a new photo book publishing service that has been tailored specifically to meet the needs and demands of the creative industry. “Aimed at keen photographers and a creative audience, ubyu was an idea born out of asking about and listening to, the needs and demands of this specific target market and what they wanted to be able to do and achieve when they create their own books,” says Josie Price of Ubyu Books. Book content can be imported via the custom-made ‘uDesign’ software, available to download free from the Ubyu website. Alternatively, for those who want even more control over the self-publishing process, PDF files can be created from a variety of InDesign templates provided by Ubyu and uploaded straight to the website via the preflight server. Self publishing prices vary depending on individual customisation choices but prices start at £11.90 plus p&p for a single book with the minimum of 28 pages.

Website: Ubyu Books

Ubyu Press Release

The next chapter we’ve all been waiting for.

ubyu is a completely new self-publishing book company, using bespoke software that has been developed as a result of thousands of conversations with professional photographers, artists and designers.

This newly launched service has been tailored specifically to meet the needs and demands of the creative industry. Created by a team with significant expertise and knowledge in paper and print, ubyu offers extensive design choices and book formats, and sets out to be the only truly bespoke print-on-demand company in the marketplace.

With a host of design choices, there is the ability to create something unique and of professional quality. ubyu offers many production techniques usually reserved for high-end books, such as endpapers, cloth covers, headbands and satin marker ribbons – all available in a choice of colours. Covers can be debossed or foiled – finishing touches that make a ubyu book one of a kind through the offering of an unrivaled level of customisation.

Quality extends through to the paper options. Starting at a weight of 160gsm, papers come in three different finishes; gloss, matt and uncoated, each bringing their own particular benefits to individual publications. While most competitors publish to a maximum of 160 pages, ubyu are able to create books of up to 460 pages, even on their highest weight stock. Printing is carried out using the latest HP Indigo digital technology, resulting in sharp images and vivid colour.

Book content can be imported via the custom-made ‘uDesign’ software, available to download free from the website. Alternatively, for those who want even more control over the self-publishing process, PDF files can be created from a variety of InDesign templates provided by ubyu and uploaded straight to the website via the preflight server. There is no restriction on order quantities – print runs of one to the thousands are welcome. Orders will be printed and bound within 12 working days and depending on the selected shipping details, can be delivered within the UK the next working day after production.
To showcase the papers, finishes and production, ubyu have produced a Sourcebook – a tactile guide to the ubyu service. The Sourcebook demonstrates print quality and showcases the various design features with swatches and samples and is great as a source of inspiration. Limited complementary copies can be ordered online by visiting http://www.ubyubooks.com/specifics/sourcebook.

Self publishing prices vary depending on individual customisation choices but prices start at £11.90 plus p&p for a single book with the minimum of 28 pages. Discounts apply for multiple copy runs.
See http://www.ubyubooks.com/specifics/pricing for the full pricing chart and discount structure.



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#1 Boudoir Photography

These books look great and can't believe how cheap they are.

1:30 pm - Thursday, October 20, 2011

#2 Simon

I thought I'd give Ubyu a try despite reading a few negative reports. I was very disappointed with my book which has scratched pages and tramlines running through the centre of the pages. Customer support is almost non existent - no telephone number and they take forever to answer emails.

3:28 pm - Friday, February 24, 2012

#3 Antony

I have received terrible service from UBYU and want to inform others so that they can make an informed choice before using their service. I used their book software and followed all the guidelines and believed that because I had used their software that the image on screen would be as close as possible to the printed product. I was very wrong, the images printed were considerably darker and the colour images were dreadful. I wrote to UBYU almost immediately and did not receive a response from them for nearly two months. The response I received stated that I may want to tweak the brightness/ contrast of my monitor, although they did not offer any advice of how to adjust it so that it would be an accurate reflection of what would be printed. They then advised that the best way to determine how the images would print out it to order a copy!!! I wont be using UBYU again due to their poor customer services and because their software does not reflect the product that you receive.

I have used other printers such as printspace (in Shoreditch) who are excellent and have downloadable proofs, although they dont print books. I will be looking for another book printer.

10:53 am - Monday, February 27, 2012

#4 Gary

I have had the same bad experience with Ubyubooks - poor customer service and disappointing quality of the final product. The pages of my photo book were too dark, overly contrasty. I expected better.

11:56 pm - Tuesday, March 27, 2012

#5 silia

I have the same story with Ubyubook,they took my money and i didn't receive nothing yet!No book no money and nobody to help you!You don't know if they have a telephone number? What should i do know?

1:14 pm - Wednesday, August 29, 2012