It is not surprising to hear that Flickr has finally taken the step to do something that small startups had long ventured into – the creation of photo books. After all, Flickr is a repository of memories for many people, whether it is a vacation or a family outing, organizing your photos online on Flickr is but a snap. This digital photo sharing site has finally decided to make the jump into the world of physical photos printed out.
The new Flickr Photo Books service is said to be able to “analyze your photos and intelligently crop, position, and place them automatically”, where turning a digital collection into a physical one is as simple as a solitary click. All you need to do (apart from having some photos uploaded over to Flickr, of course) would be to make use of the provided product editor, before selecting the photo set that you would like to take advantage of. This means you are able to edit, crop, zoom, and position photos in a manual manner, or to sit back and let Flickr’s system do all the heavy lifting. All Flickr Photo Books will come with a maximum 240 page count, where they will arrive at your doorstep in 11″ x 8.5″ glossy hardcover glory. The asking price of a single book of 20 pages? $35, while additional pages will cost you another $0.50 each. Do expect a shipping time of 5 to 7 business days after placing your order, and unfortunately for the rest of the world, this service remains limited to those living in the continental United States.