review – viovio 3.5 x 3.5″ square mini book for instagram photos

Months ago I was looking for a tiny book to fill with instagram photos of a trip to Melbourne. I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted – little enough to feel true to the instagram format, and full bleed images. I had a difficult time finding exactly that anywhere, so I was happy to see viovio offered them in packs of three and thought they would be a great wee product to review for the Beyond Snapshots blog.

A fair bit of time has actually passed since doing the books, and I have heard the software has been updated since. This is great, because I found it a little bit fiddly, but not too difficult to work out. They don’t link up with instagram, so I saved all my photos to the computer and uploaded them as I would if I were making a book from regular camera photos. I just saw that they have introduced an ipad app, which would be great if you store photos on your iPad, I’d love to see an iPhone version of the app so you can pull photos straight from the camera roll.

Customer service was great, and shipping was speedy.

Here is the book next to the iPhone for a size comparison. Such a great little size

The book and cover became a bit bowed after a few flips through, but it is understandable at such a small size and doesn’t bother me too much

The cover is nice and thick and glossy, I’d love to see it in a matte finish

The inside pages are a great weight for such a small book, usually I prefer a thick page for a full size book, but the thinner weight is better for a tiny flip book format.

The printing is wonderful and true to colour. My favourite thing about the books.

The viovio mini books are only sold in packs of 3 or more, and at $59 for a 3 pack of 100 page books. I am not sure that I would purchase them at full price (this set was in exchange for the review). I’m sure there is a reason for the minimum order of 3 books, but I would be much more likely to purchase the books individually at $20 each than to have to get duplicates every time I wanted a book, which I don’t really have much need for. That said, they are a lovely little book, and I was super impressed with the printing and love having it sitting on my coffee table as a reminder of a great trip!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela October 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

I love the edge to edge printing but I took wouldn’t want to order three either.

I found this site today through another blogger, funny enough (and I hope it’s okay to share; if not feel free to delete my comment, I’ll understand) that also does instagram books and you can order just one 5.5 x 5.5 – 40 pages for just $10.99. However, it does not have the edge to edge printing. They are still beautiful books though.
http://www.artifactuprising.com/site/instagram_photobook#ad-image-0

peta October 18, 2012 at 8:46 am

Funny, I saw that this morning too, and they look BEAUTIFUL. All their products do. I just wish they were a little bit smaller. I have had IG prints made that size, and they lose some of their appeal to me.

Jenny October 18, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Thanks for the review Peta. I have been wanting to order these tiny books for years but wasn’t sure of the quality. I used to love looking at the tiny photos my mom had of her own childhood. There’s something wonderful about having to peer into something so small and special.

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