Yahoo to roll out printed Flickr photo books

The photo-sharing site is adding a new way to create photo books from image sets.

Flickr is adding a one-click photo book feature for its users, Yahoo's photo-sharing site announced Tuesday.

Users need only to click the book icon on any of their sets, according to Flickr, and the site will automatically generate a photo book. Flickr is promising that the bound books are laid out to optimally showcase a photographer's work.

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That includes simple layouts, placement of one photo per page, and tools that will "analyze, crop, position, and rearrange your photos to look their best," the Flickr blog reads. Users can also go in manually and make tweaks, delete images, or reorder the pages.

Starting next week, US users will actually be able to purchase the books, which Flickr said are printed on premium photo paper. Users outside the continental US will have to wait longer. "Please stay tuned. We are working on bringing you Flickr Photo Books soon," the blog says.

The books can run from 20 to 240 pages, and they'll start at $35 for a 20-page book. It's 50 cents per page after that, according to Yahoo.

It's unclear what this new process means for Flickr's partnership with HP's Snapfish, which was the source for Flickr photo books. Previously, when users selected a photo set and then clicked on the photo book option, Flickr would connect them to Snapfish. Now it's difficult to surface that option. A Yahoo spokeswoman said the "Snapfish partnership remains. This is entirely separate."

Yahoo won't say what vendor is actually powering the printing behind these new photo books, or if it has plans to add any other printed products, like T-shirts or mugs.

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