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FARMINGDALE, NY – November 1 , 2010 – The November 2010 issue of Popular Photography magazine reviewed 10 of the largest photo book services and rated SmileBooks three and a half stars (out of a possible five), outshining Shutterfly, Snapfish, Picaboo, Blurb and Mpix.
As part of Popular Photography's special report on custom albums, staff created photo books using their own personal pictures and evaluated a variety of criteria including Print Quality & Color, Design, Cover , Binding, Paper Options, Print Time, Creation Method and Creation Experience.
SmileBooks was the clear standout in the Design Options and Creation Method categories, being the only service in the group to offer a professional design service, a service described by the reviewers as a "good option." In this report written by Debbie Grossman, it is stated that the SmileBooks designer followed the staff's instructions, chose their best images and designed the book. The reviewers found it was easy to provide feedback to the designer. In the "What's Hot" category, Popular Photography reviewers touted the SmileBook photo book as being a "Nice book requiring very little effort." SmileBooks was also one of the few services reviewed to offer a 12" square hard cover photo book. Dominic Brezinski, Sen. Vice President of CEWE COLOR, INC. said, "Our goal is to be the best photo book service for consumers, semi-pros and pros who want to design their photo books themselves or let us do the job for them. We are proud of the high rating we received from Popular Photography. We are happy that the reviewers were pleased with their design service experience and the quality of their final printed photo book. We value their opinions and are currently resolving the issues they suggested we could improve. The SmileBooks team is continually working on new ways to enhance our products and services."
SmileBooks offers award-winning photo book solutions that enable individuals to create their own professionally bound photo books using their favorite digital photos.
Founded in 1961, CEWE COLOR is the market leader in photofinishing and an innovator in digital imaging technology. In 2009 CEWE COLOR produced more than 3.6 million photo books worldwide. Its printing facility houses the largest number of digital presses in Europe. To meet the demands of today’s consumers, the company employs a workforce of over 2,700 employees in 12 different facilities worldwide. CEWE COLOR is headquartered in Oldenburg, Germany with a U.S. subsidiary in Farmingdale, NY.
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