I've tried Black's mini black book for our trip to Orlando and gave it to my MIL as remembrance. And I love the album! It's sleek and elegant looking. The cons about this is that it's 1 picture per page and size is 8x8 only.
Recently, I made another photo book through Kodak Gallery with pictures from our trip to Slave Lake National Park. I made 2 for my 2 closest friends. For the same price as the Black's I get more pictures since one page can hold up to 9 pictures and the size is 14x12. And I got a promo code for 30% off, which is a good deal. As soon as I saw the finished product, I was satisfied and to avail of the 30% off, I ordered 2 more books as belated birthday gifts. Hope my friends will love it as much as I do. Here's some sample pages --
Personally, I'd prefer to make my own collage/scraps of photos in an album. It's cheaper and more personalized. But as gifts, I think the photo books are great! Definitely good for keepsakes.
Every Christmas since we moved to Canada, I always send a scrap book of our whole year to keep them updated. This year, I think I wanted to try this photo book and see what they have to say.
Where do you order your photo books? I'd like to try different ones to compare the quality and price and to see which one has the best deal.