FAQ - Products

How can I see a sample of an AsukaBook?
You can see samples of AsukaBook products at many photography related conventions, seminars, or workshops . We can mail you sample pages printed on the press with the type of paper and different page finishes available. You may also purchase or borrow a sample set if you do not have time to prepare your own. If you are interested in additional information about upcoming events, or to request sample pages or a sample set of books, please click HERE or contact Customer Care
Can I purchase an AsukaBook sample?
You may purchase sample books if you do not have time to prepare your own. If you are interested, please click HERE for further information or contact Customer Care
Can I purchase leather samples?
Yes, we have created 8x8 swatch set leather and animal friendly leather swatches in all available colours. To purchase a set of all 7 colours in leather and/or animal friendly leather, please click HERE or contact Customer Care.  You may view pricing once you have logged in to your AsukaBook account.
Can I have a variable number of pages/sides in my book?
Our page increments are pre-set. Most products offer 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 sides, but some offer a maximum of 60 sides. Our DVD Presentation Book and USB/Keepsake Presentation Book offer 6, 8, 10, and 12 sides.
What is the difference between pages and sides?
An easy way to think of this is if you have a book with 80 sides, there would be 40 physical pages in the book; each side of the page is printed on.
What page finishes are available?
Many of our books are available with either Laminate Matte, Laminate Glossy or Varnish page finishes. Our Art Layflat Books and Folios do not come with a page finish.
What is the difference between Laminate pages and Varnish pages?
Our Laminate Glossy and Laminate Matte finishes are covered in a laminate coating that makes the pages feel a bit thicker, with slightly more protection from normal wear and tear than our third option, Varnish. The Laminate Glossy finish has a high gloss appearance and is great for images with a lot of bright colours, as it makes the colours pop. The Laminate Matte finish has a soft and smooth finish in appearance and to the touch. We often suggest the Matte finish for black and white images, or if you have a wedding with a very romantic feel. The Varnish finish is more of a semi-gloss page finish and is sometimes compared to a lustre or a satin finish. As mentioned above, the Varnish is a bit thinner than the laminate finishes, but the cost is comparatively less as well. Many photographers prefer our Varnish finish, as it is a happy medium between our Laminate Matte and Glossy choices.
Do you offer an books with thicker pages?
We offer quite a few. Our NeoClassic and Cosmopolitan albums come with thicker, board style pages and a layflat binding. The DVD Presentation Book and USB/Keepsake Presentation Book offer hard pages in the removable booklet. The Art Lyflat Book has posterboard-type pages.
How does the Art Layflat Collection differ from our other products?
The Art Layflat Book and Art Layflat Folios are printed on an elegant, uncoated, ivory paper instead of our standard paper. There is no option for matte or glossy finish on the inside pages.
What are the differences between the Art Layflat Folio series and the Zen Layflat Folio series?
The difference between the Art Layflat Folios and the Zen Layflat Folio/ are in the sizes and the paper. The Art Layflat Folio series comes in 9x11.5 and 11.5x9 whereas the Zen Layflat Folio series comes in 8x11, 10x10 and 12x12 sizes. The Art Layflat Folios are printed on an ivory uncoated posterboard-type page while the Zen Layflat Folios are printed on our standard paper and coated in matte or glossy.
What is the cover of the Cosmopolitan Album made of?
The Cosmopolitan Album cover is traditional lacquer on the cover covered by an acrylic plate.
How is the paper used on the Art Layflat Book and Folios different than the paper used on all other AsukaBooks?
The Art paper is an ivory uncoated posterboard-type page whereas the rest of our products are printed on a true white page. The pages are not coated with matte, gloss or varnish like our other books. They remain uncoated to show the true beauty of the paper. Please contact Customer Care to request a sample page for your studio.
How much sparkle does the Cosmopolitan Box have?
The sparkle is more of a shimmer and adds and extra bit of flare to the box.
Does AsukaBook provide the DVD or USB for the DVD Presentation Book and USB/Keepsake Presentation Book?
The DVD or USB are not included with any of our products at this time.
What is the difference between a Hard Cover book and an EX book?
We have both Book Bound EX and Hard Cover books as well as Zen Layflat EX and Hard Cover books. The EX is a Hard Cover book with Extras! An EX book includes a fully printed, matching book jacket for additional protection and aesthetic value. This style also includes a red or black slide in case with optional Hot Stamp Text rather than the frosted plastic case that is offered with a Hard Cover book.
What is the difference between a Book Bound EX book and an EXD book?
The Book Bound EX comes with a black or red book case with optional Hot Stamp Text while the EXD comes with a custom designable book case.
What is the difference between Leather and Animal Friendly Leather?
Book Bound LX books and leather covers of the Zen Layflat Impact line have a premium genuine leather cover. The leather is from natural hides with some slight variations in the texture and colour, adding to the suniqueness and authenticity of the product. Book Bound FLX books and the faux leather covers of the Zen Layflat Impact have the feel of fine leather in an Animal Friendly product.  It has a smooth clean and consistent feel and is a great synthetic alternative to genuine leather as well as being offered at a lower price point.
What is the difference between the Book Bound books and the Zen Layflat books?
The only difference is binding itself. The Book Bound books are bound with our "perfect binding". These books will lose about a half inch in the center of the book to the gutter; the area where the book is bound. The Zen Layflat books feature our patent pending, invisible binding which allows you to fully display your images without gutter loss.
How does the Zen Layflat Impact line differ from the other Zen books?
The Zen Impact line comes with your choice of cover in genuine leather, animal friendly leather or our new material covers. These books are showcased in a designable deluxe presentation box that includes a plush felt lining with book holder and DVD placeholder.
What is Hot Stamp Text?
AsukaBook has found Gold and Silver highlight the text best on our products. Both provide a classic, stylish accent to our Book Bound EX and Zen Layflat EX cases, as well as the covers of our Book Bound FLX, Book Bound LX and Zen Layflat Impact covers.

AsukaBook has found gold and silver highlight the text best on our products. Both provide a classic, stylish accent to our Book Bound and Zen Layflat EX cases, all Zen Layflat Impact covers, Cosmopolitan Album cover, NeoClassic album cover, DVD Presentation Book case and USB/Keepsake Presentation Book case.
Why is the Hot Stamp only available in Gold or Silver?
AsukaBook has found Gold and Silver highlight the text best on our products. Both provide a classic, stylish accent to our Book Bound EX and Zen Layflat EX cases, as well as the covers of our Book Bound FLX, Book Bound LX and Zen Layflat Impact covers.
Do book cases cost extra?
No. All books include a book case. If you would like to purchase additional book cases, please contact Customer Care. Pricing for additional book cases may be found on the price list once you are logged in to your AsukaBook account.