Just in time for the Holidays, Yahoo! is introducing a new service for printing custom photo books through Flickr, touting automatic features and a “clean, stunning design” that the company hopes will encourage Flickr users to take advantage of the new feature instead of going elsewhere for their photo book needs.
The main draws of the service seem to be convenience and quality. Flickr users can now turn their high-res photos into photo books without having to involve a middle man. And the photo books that come out of Flickr are designed to compete in terms of both quality and price.
The standard hardcover book is $35 for 20 pages of 11″x8.5″ proPhoto paper, with images printed one-per-page in all their full-bleed, lustre-finish glory. Extra pages are 50 cents each, up a maximum of 240 pages.
Here’s a quick intro to the service:
There are a lot of photo book making services out there, and so to stand out, Flickr is emphasizing just how easy it is to create a photo book on Flickr. Automatic tools that “analyze, crop, position, and rearrange your photos to look their best” do all the work for you, all you have to do is pick a set.
And for those who want a little more control, options such as reordering and resizing are, of course, available. The entire photo book can be custom designed by you in a storyboard view that arranging photos quick and easy.
User pleas to “make Flickr awesome again” became one of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s pet projects when she took the helm of the company last year. Adding the ability to create photo books is yet another step in that direction.