On my site, there are pricing options for two types of books - coffee table style and flush mount style. These books are different in look and feel, but both are high quality albums. When I first started KruBooks, I spent a lot of time comparing and evaluating print and bind suppliers. To keep things simple, I decided to pick one strong supplier for each book style. I decided to use Asuka for my coffeetable books, and Leather Craftsmen for my flush mount albums. I continue to keep my eye on other companies and new supppliers...I want to make sure I am offering the best! But in the past year and a half, I have been so pleased with the end product for both companies. Here's a detailed description of each book type:
Coffee Table Books: Featuring Asuka Book Bound - Hard Cover
Coffee table books are slightly less formal and less expensive. These books are like what you would find in the photography section of a book store. The layouts are printed directly on the page. All pages are protected with a varnish coating which gives them a lustrous look and satiny feel. The cover is printed with a picture, and each book comes with a frosted case which allows extra protection. Here are some pictures from the Asuka website:
Flush Mount Books: Featuring Premium Leather Craftsmen 3500 Series
The flush mount books are higher end and more traditional. Your layouts are professionally printed and hand-mounted onto thick pages. There isn't a “gutter” or middle hinge, which means none of your layout will be lost in the middle. This feature provides you with a full panoramic spread. The cover is a made with top grain cowhide leather. For an additional fee, you can get upgraded leather options or premium fabrics. Here are some pictures from Leather Craftsmen's site:
If you have any questions about these two styles, or which is right for your album, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'd love to help!