Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Flush Mount vs Coffee Table

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!


  1. It makes me want to buy a book for every occasion under the sun! :)

  2. I love the flushmount albums!