Flickr has a new service, Flickr Photo Books, that makes it dead simple to print out beautifully bound family albums. Any photo you’ve uploaded on the service is available to print. The photo-focused site, which offers 1TB of free storage, will let users purchase a 20-page photo book (11-inch by 8.5-inch) for $34.95; books can increase to as much as 240 pages, with each additional page costing 50 cents. That’s a lot of buckaroos for a simple photo book, but a small price to pay, I suppose, if you want all your beautiful vacation photos in a professionally-printed book.
Flicker’s approach makes photo book generation as easy as clicking a button; simply hover over a photo set at Flickr.com, and a new book icon will appear; click that, and the Photo Book workflow will pop up, allowing you to easily arrange the order of your book and delete and add photos; the first image, by default, will be your book’s cover photo. Once you do choose the exact photos and arrange it to your liking, Flickr will crop and center your photos—of course, you could also do that yourself. The layout for creating a book looks beautiful and very intuitive, and the results themselves (as far as we can tell in the photos) look top notch.
Flickr explained that the new feature is designed for simplicity, and was a requested feature by its users. All photos are printed in full resolution on Lustre paper, and come with an image-based cover and matching dust jacket. With the holiday period only weeks away, Flickr’s timing is pretty exceptional, though you better hop on it now if you want to print out a book; depending on the size of your order (U.S.-only), books should arrive within five to seven days.