Yahoo! Introduces New Flickr Photo Books Service, Keeps Flickr Renaissance Going


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.


Yahoo has made numerous moves in the past year to help Flickr compete in the Instagram/Facebook era, from a site-wide redesign to new tools that improve search and organization and metadata use.

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.

To find out more about Flickr Photo Books or give making your own a shot, head over to the Flickr Blog or Flickr Photo Books page by following the corresponding links.

(via Flickr)

  • Christopher Walker

    They have my curiosity, but before they fully get my attention they’ll need:
    1. Delivery to the rest of the world (I live in Poland).
    2. A way to sell the books, a la Blurb, to perhaps off-set the cost of getting one for yourself.
    3. Did anyone see examples of captions on the photo pages? I didn’t. That would be handy.

  • bibiweb

    Oh wow… delivery in the United States only. What about the rest of the world?

  • Todd Klassy

    Like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

  • clipper

    flickr is SO last year. And history

  • ramanauskas

    Appears to be no way to add captions. Niiiiice!

  • MarvinB7

    I joined flicker to participate in a group discussion. I find it a totally obnoxious website to navigate. And this after their supposed update earlier this year. They had better do ANOTHER major update soon or they will start losing the interest of anyone serious.

  • Eric Lefebvre

    US only shipping … how disappointing … do they not understand that their users come from all over the place?

  • Ottmar

    It’s called “vanity publishing”.