Hi all! I just wanted to give a shout out to MGX Copy, an online printing company based in San Diego, and give them a quick review. I had them print a book that was both text and images and they did a fabulous job! It was a gift and so I had very high expectations. I used a different print service first (The Book Patch) and they did not meet my expectations. They were cheaper, however I would not use them again. They had no idea how to center the images in the book when printing from my pdf even though they were centered in that document. I wasted 2 weeks with them and finally gave up, and they did not refund my money. The Book Patch service people were polite, and they did try to print a second copy, however it seems like their printers are set up weirdly and they could not figure out how to print my pdf and have it look normal. Luckily I only printed one copy and not all 12 that I actually needed!
I searched around again and decided to give MGX Copy a try. They were a bit more expensive, but so worth it! Their directions were clear (and correct!) and whenever I asked a question they responded quickly. MGX Copy requires that you go through an approval process. During this process, my service person, Jazmin, was extremely helpful and they even moved the pages around a bit when I mentioned that I should have positioned my title/image pages all on the same side. They were quite capable of printing the book centered as I wished it to be. Following their directions, I was even able to have my images be full bleed (and this was without using InDesign! I again printed a single copy first, and then was able to work with the same service person and have them re-print the rest of the books for me.
Here is what I chose:
Perfect Bound Books
Document Length: 131 Pages/Document
Paper Type: 80 lb. Text, Gloss
Colors: Color Printing
Finishing: Premium 100 lb. Cover, Gloss, Add UV Coating
I also chose to have them shrink wrapped. They came out so beautiful! And they were much, much nicer than the Book Patch product. The covers were gorgeous, and so were the pages. It does take a few weeks to go through the whole process from start to finish, so this is not a quick print overnight kind of deal. But if you are looking for a beautiful book product, they are worth the extra time and money.
So in the end, I was actually happy that The Book Patch screwed up and I ended up with MGX Copy! I would definitely use them again!