What is a photo book?

Which Is Better: A Photo Book Or TraditionalPhoto Album?

A picture is worth a thousand words. This saying is still true more than ever. When it comes to preserving your precious pictures, you have two options: photo book and photo album. Choosing between these two can be quite challenging.

If you are confused about the differences between a photo book and a photo album, you are not alone. Many people usually don’t understand the differences between these two.  But once you understand the differences, you will be able to choose the perfect option that suits your needs.

What is a photo book?

A photo book, popularly known as Memory Book or a Scrapbook is a collection of photos placed in a single book to cherish later. With a photo book, you cannot add photos one at a time, but you select all the photos you want to add before making your photo book. You can design your photo book either online or by using software designed for that purpose.

What is a photo album?

The traditional photo album generally has small sections where you add one printed photo at a time. The main idea of a photo album is to avoid having numerous photo prints hidden to never see the light of the day. With photo albums, you can spend too much time deciding which photos you should put in your albums.

The differences between Photo book and photo album

. The time spent

Creating both the photo book and a photo album can take a significant amount of time. However, when it comes to adding a photo to a photo album, the photos must be printed manually to the appropriate size then added to separate sections of the album.

Photo books, on the other hand, takes less time since you basically click and drag pictures to where you want them to go. But if you are not familiar with the particular software you are using, it may take some time.

. Quantity limitations

When it comes to a photo album, the number of photos you can add is limited. Generally, the amount of space you have will determine the number of photos you can add.

This isn’t the case with a photo book. With a photo book, you set your own limit when designing it. So it is up to you to decide how many pages you want to fill in the book.

. Paper type

Another difference between a photo album and a photo book is the type of paper used. Photo albums are typically printed on photogenic paper, which can be quite hectic to write on. Photo books, on the other hand, are printed on the paper of your choice.

. Customization

You can customize both the photo album and photo book in different ways. When it comes to photo albums, you can change the final product as much as you can. For instance, if you want to change the photo placement, you can easily achieve that by hand, and it won’t take too much time. Photo books, on the other hand, are permanent, which means making changes is not that doable once it has been printed. If you must make changes, you will have to reprint the entire photo book.


Both photo albums and photo books have their own pros and cons. So it is difficult to say which one is better than the other. It all depends on one’s needs and preferences. When choosing either of the two, just pick one that suits your needs. If you are looking for something durable, go for a photo album, but if you are looking for a cheaper option, a photo book is the ideal one.

Cristina Macias
Cristina Macias is a 25-year-old writer who enjoys reading, writing, Rubix cube, and listening to the radio. She is inspiring and smart, but can also be a bit lazy.