Photo books are important to moms. We use them as scrapbooks of a vacation or a year in a child’s life. We give them as gifts to friends and family. And we pour our hearts and creative talent into perfecting them.

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It’s important to find photo books of high quality that are worthy of the energy we put into them.

You guys know that I love Mpix. They are a sponsor of this blog and the only printer I use. They sent me two versions of their photo books to review for this article. What’s more, Mpix sent over an exclusive 25% coupon code just for Digital Photography for Moms readers. More on that below.

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11 x 8.5″ Premium Panoramic Photo Book

Want to hear about the photo books Mpix printed for me? The first was an 11 x 8.5″ Premium Panoramic. This book is simply stunning.

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The Premium Panoramic is hardcover, solid and of the highest quality. I chose the semi-gloss photo paper option. The pages are thick and colors rendered beautifully.

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There is simply no comparison between this book and the cheapies you can order from other websites. The semi-gloss is frame-worthy paper and gives the photo books an elegance that you would expect from the nicest book that a professional photographer can print for you.

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The photos are gorgeous, right? The bride is my beautiful step-daughter. Her photographer doesn’t have a website with contact info, but send me an email if you’d like me to hook you up with him!

Look at the texture of the linen hardcover in the image below. It feels durable and sophisticated to touch.

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The Premium Panoramic Photo Book from Mpix comes with an optional skinny dust jacket . Skinny means that it doesn’t cover the entire book – it’s a strip around the book that adds a contemporary vibe. It has photos printed on the front in layouts of your choice.

Tip: select the dust cover option before you create the book. Or contact Mpix customer support if you need help with it after the fact.

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The back cover has a small Mpix logo.

Another tip: To add text, you must save and close your photo book project. Select Customize from your list of Saved Projects and add text to any interior page.

6×4″ Softcover Panoramic Photo Book

I also ordered the 6×4″ softcover panoramic, which is printed on book stock. I gave this cute little photo book to my daughter to celebrate her 5th grade graduation. It would also make a perfect brag book for grandmothers to carry in their purses.

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This option comes printed on matte paper and lays flat when you open it. It’s much more casual than the premium version.

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The photos render well in this version also. Since your only option is matte paper, you won’t get the shiny saturated feel that the premium book offers, but you will get accurate colors.

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Mpix Coupon Code

Are you ready to order? Save 25% using promo code digital15 for 25% off Premium Panoramic and Softcover Panoramic Photo Books. Offer expires July 17, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (Central).*

*Economy Photo Books are not included. Cannot be combined with other offers. Order must be placed through www.mpix.com and promo code must be entered at checkout to receive the discount.

Any questions about these Mpix photo books? Post them in the comments below and I will make sure they are answered.