And I couldn't be happier. They are literally identical to Shutterfly's photo books, except ArtsCow's standard is 30 pages (which is more than Shutterfly's) and they're cheaper.
Shutterfly's books are normally $29.99 for the first 20 pages and $1.00 for each additional page. ArtsCow's are normally $15.99 for 30 pages. Shipping at ArtsCow is a bit more ($11.99) because they come from Japan, but that's still less total than Shutterfly. They do take a little longer to receive (2 weeks from the day I ordered until the day it arrived), but as long as you plan ahead and aren't in a hurry, it's well worth it in my opinion.
If you register at ArtsCow, you get a free photo book (you pay the $11.99 shipping) plus a TON of other free credits. Here are some photos. Any discoloration you see is completely because my white balance was off in my camera and I didn't take the time to edit these photos
much at all.
And I was just about to post photos of the outside cover, but I realized that our last name is on it and I’m too lazy to go blur it out right now (it’s 1:15 AM), so I’ll post those tomorrow.
If anyone signed up the first time I mentioned it and your free 8x8” photo book credit expired, I have 10 codes here to get another free one. Well, technically, they say it’s $11.99 and the shipping’s free. But shipping is normally $11.99, so it’s easier to say that the photo book is free. :D
(And the codes came with my photo book, so no, I am not affiliated in any way with ArtsCow. ;)
Anyway, if anyone wants a code, post a comment here and I’ll hook you up with one. :)
Also, if you process your photos in Photoshop or Elements, etc. or if you're ordering a photo book of your layouts, MAKE SURE to turn off image enhancements. Click on the Print Options link in the main menu on the left-hand side and deselect the Image Enhancement box. That's also where you select matte or glossy as your default for prints.