I'm looking to get 3 or 4 copies of an illustrated book printed and bound. It's a project for my Illustration class this semester, so the print quality of the images is my highest priority, but cost is key as well since I'm your typical broke college student. What print on demand services should I look into?
A few more details:
-The book will be approximately 35 pages long, about half text, half full-color illustrations.
-Hardcover vs. paperback pretty much comes down to price, so I'll probably go with paperback, though I don't really have a preference
-I need to do all the layouts and typesetting and whatnot myself, so the sort of service where you just upload a mass of pictures and the printers plug them into a template won't work for me.
I did a search for previous questions
like this but everything I found was from 2007 or earlier, and neither dealt with the image-quality issue, so I want to be sure nothing new and awesome has popped up since then.
I've heard of lulu.com and mypublisher.com, but I'd like to hear from anyone who's actually used them before.
It was also mentioned that Kinkos does binding, so I'll be checking out the prices and quality at our local shop tomorrow, but I'm not getting my hopes up as I haven't had great results from them in the past.