Softcover Photo Books

Our Softcover Photo Books are not your average softcover. There are three key elements that set them apart: French fold covers which allow stunning printing inside and out; archival and sustainable materials; and a commitment to design and crafting excellence. Bring your most-loved moments into your daily life with our Softcover Photo Books.

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  • Landscape, Portrait or Square
  • Medium
  • 24-200 paper pages
  • Two archival quality paper options
  • 4-color printing
  • Perfect (PUR) binding
  • Water varnished Matt card cover
  • French folds
  • Designer Templates that allow up to 12 images per page, or 24 images per spread
  • Lightweight format, premium durability
  • Double-sided cover designs

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  • Everyday moments
  • Family photos
  • Travel memories
  • Instagram photos
  • Creative art projects

Ideal if:

  • You have a lot of photos.
  • You want to create a collectable lightweight, everyday format.

Discover what our customers are creating with their Softcover Photo Books. Simply head to the MILK Gallery where we showcase their projects and tick the 'Softcover' filter.

All MILK products take time to carefully craft by hand. Softcover Photo Books take an estimated 7-12 days in production. All products are then shipped from Hong Kong via Priority Shipping (a premium express service) or Economy Shipping. Final shipping costs and delivery times are calculated at checkout. Visit our Shipping Information page for more details.

We guarantee the quality of our products. If you’re not entirely satisfied, contact us within 14 days upon receiving your order so we can make it right. Learn more about our Satisfaction Promise and Returns Policy.

For helpful tips and inspiration, see the Frequently Asked Questions about our Softcover Photo Books.

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Double sided, panoramic cover designs

In our Softcover Photo Book range, we offer the ability to print on both the inside and outside covers. Featuring French folds (also known as cover flaps), you can bookend your story with an assortment of stylish cover designs that allow for both photos, text or a simple one-color interior. French folds have a similar aesthetic and function to a dust jacket, adding a luxurious look and feel. Showcase a memorable scene with a panoramic, full bleed image or celebrate your favorite moments with templates that give your book a polished, unique look and feel.

Softcover french fold Photo Book with beach photo

Quality binding designed to endure

Your photo story is lovingly handcrafted one page at a time, with superior binding methods designed to withstand years of use. For our Softcover Photo Books we use PUR Binding, one of the most popular ‘perfect’ binding methods in use today. PUR binding offers superior flexibility and a durable, clean, zine-style finish.

4-color printing with top grade inks

Your photos will be brought to life in vibrant 4-color print. Using a combination of the world’s highest quality printing technology and premium inks, your memories won’t fade or discolor with time.

Archival quality papers

Our archival quality and sustainably certified paper stocks are designed to do your memories justice. Your Softcover Photo Book will feature a water varnished Matt White Eggshell card cover. For the pages, we offer two paper options – Satin, for a vibrant, true-to-life finish; and Matt White, an uncoated paper for a subdued, natural finish.

Easy layouts thanks to Designer Templates

Unleash your inner creative with our range of stunning Designer Templates, designed to make creating beautiful Softcover Photo Books simple. Our templates allow you to place up to 12 images per page or 24 per spread. Learn how to choose the right template for your images.

Bookmaking made easy in our Design Studio

Create your softcover collection with ease in our intuitive Design Studio, available on desktop, tablet and mobile devices. Simply upload photos and start designing. You can alternate between devices easily meaning you can design-on-the-go on your smartphone and open the same project on your desktop and pick up where you left off. We also have an App Extension for Apple Photos available in the Mac App Store. This is perfect for Mac users who want to experience MILK with the benefit of familiar Apple gestures and tools.

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What our customers are saying

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Medium Portrait Softcover Photo Book 18/12/23
Great quality, and beautiful cover paper used. I hope there's an option to customise this one day to use same quality paper but perhaps, lower GSM to have that consistent luxe feel. Please create more sizing!! I had hoped that A4 would be available and a shame it wasn't. This would have been perfect to share with family and have greater impact.
Medium Portrait Softcover Photo Book 10/12/23
We love your book we did a memory book of photos of our beautiful old dog that passed away recently.I have a wee cry when the book arrived its so lovely.
Medium Portrait Softcover Photo Book 09/11/23
Really great quality and smaller sized product. Perfect for a single photo shoot display.
Medium Landscape Softcover Photo Book 27/10/23
A perfect way to display my artwork
Medium Landscape Softcover Photo Book 16/08/23
Loved the quality of the paper and the printing! Will definitely order again!
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Frequently asked questions

The most significant difference between our Hardcover and Softcover ranges are the construction of the covers. Our Luxe Softcover Photo Books are made with a water varnished, Matt White Eggshell card cover for a flexible and lightweight finish. Our Hardcover Photo Books, available in both Classic and Premium formats, have a much thicker board cover wrapped in a variety of high quality materials including linen and coated cloth. This thicker cover results in a durable, luxurious and timeless finish.

A Softcover Photo Book refers to a book that has its paper pages bound within a thicker card. At MILK Books, the Softcover Photo Book is the most lightweight and affordable offering in the range. A great option for showcasing life's everyday memories, it will make the perfect collection item or gift. Our Softcovers feature a water varnished (high gloss) Matt White Eggshell card cover; more flexible than our Hardcovers but thicker and more durable than paper. Inside, they have 24-200 archival quality paper pages (two options to choose from) that are PUR Bound for a superior, clean finish to personalize to your heart's content. Your memories will be reproduced in vibrant 4-color print using premium printing technology and inks, so you can be confident your photographs won't fade or discolor with time.

MILK Softcover Photo Books are PUR Bound, a traditional and popular 'perfect' bookbinding method that involves single pages being glued together at the spine. The glue used is Polyurethane Reactive (PUR) - the strongest book binding glue there is. The result is a beautiful, luxury photo book of high durability with paper pages that will remain secure with regular use and time. It's also a flexible binding agent, meaning that over time, the paper pages will open to lay more flat.

At MILK Books, we construct our Softcover Photo Books with a water varnished card cover, meaning they're not only designed to enhance the appearance of your cover image, but the varnish will ensure your project can withstand repeated handling without marking. To ensure your memories are preserved for generations, we do recommend enjoying them clear of food and drink when you can, and storing them in a dry place. See our Care Guide for more information.

You can create a personalized MILK Softcover Photo Book online via the MILK Books website in our innovative Design Studio. This is accessible on both desktop and mobile device and features an intuitive interface for straightforward, beautiful book-making. Simply register your account (sign up with Facebook, Google or email), upload your digital photos and start creating. If you have a Mac laptop or desktop computer, you can also create online via the MILK Books Photo Extension for Apple Photos. Search and download the MILK Books application via the Mac App Store to get started. With Mac, you have the option to continue creating offline, but will need to be online to purchase and send your project to print.

We think the MILK Softcover Photo Books are perfectly suited to those everyday memories you want to get into your hands. Whether it was a memorable day at the beach, special moments with your family, or simply a collection of all your favorite photos from your mobile device, a Luxe Softcover format is an affordable option great for any occasion. They make perfect vacation or yearly mementos, gifts for loved ones, and accompanying books for your main hardcover photo book or album. Softcover Photo Books are a contemporary way to celebrate and elevate your everyday and milestone moments, and will grace your coffee table or bookshelf as you collect, relive, and enjoy your memories. To get inspired, browse the MILK Gallery to see what moments our community are preserving in MILK.

MILK Softcover Photo Books are available in medium in three different orientations; portrait, landscape or square.

  • Softcover Photo Book Landscape 8.6 x 6.4"" (21.8 x 16.3cm)
  • Softcover Photo Book Square 8 x 8"" (20.3 x 20.3cm)
  • Softcover Photo Book Portrait 6.4 x 8.6"" (16.3 x 21.8cm)

Our Luxe Softcover Photo Book range is like nothing else on the market. We have spent the past few years developing these books to ensure everything is perfect. The result is a premium, deceptively simple design that represents the height of luxurious yet modern memory-keeping. The French folds and double-sided cover printing give you the most freedom in customization. The archival quality and PUR Binding ensure your memories won't fade or fall apart over time. Each new addition to your collection will look the same as the first. Our Softcover Photo Books will be the new staple in the library of your everyday life.

Absolutely! A Softcover Wedding Photo Book is the perfect addition to any wedding collection. You can create an everyday version of your MILK Premium Wedding Album - one that you don't mind sitting on the coffee table or having the kids look through. They also make a meaningful yet affordable gift for the parents, in-laws or bridal party. Or if a formal wedding album isn't your thing, let a Luxe Softcover Photo Book be your featured luxury wedding keepsake.