Self-publishing your own photobook has never been easier. This helpful video gives you some insights into how to create a platform for your product, choose a printer, take preorders, and get your book on sale.
With digital printing becoming cheaper and easier by the year, photobooks seem to be ever more popular with a wide variety of printing options available. The first half of Evan Ranft’s video focuses on creating a web platform to deal with the e-commerce side of things with more information about printing in the second half.
The other printing process that Ranft mentions is offset (or lithographic) printing and if you’re creating a large number of books, this is definitely the way to go, both in terms of price and image quality. Digital printing is great but the quality is not quite the same; the balance is that offset printing has a high upfront cost and a more complicated preparation process. For example, creating a proof of a digital print is very quick, easy, and affordable; with offset printing, it's not so straightforward.
The vast majority of photographers will choose to go digital and if you’re interested in having more control over the layout of your book, you might want to have a play with Affinity Publisher. Given its one-time fee of $49.99 and a free 30-day trial, this professional desktop publishing software is definitely worth checking out.
Whichever process you choose, I'd advise beginning your project on the assumption that it is not going to make you any money. Create a book because you are proud of your photos and because you know at least a small number of people will also like to support your work. That's not to say it won't be profitable, but the process and the final product should be the primary motivations, especially the first time around.
Have you published your own book? Let us know your route to printing in the comments below.