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Report predicts digital photo future

Sales of inkjet printers that allow consumers to print photographs at home will double, according to a report from Lyra Research. Last year, Lyra said, 140 million such printers were sold worldwide. The market researcher, which focuses on the imaging industry, projects that the figure will grow to 300 million annually by 2004. Despite the proliferation of such printers, Lyra found that less than 14 photos are printed each month in U.S. homes. Lyra predicts that more and more consumers will turn to in-store kiosks to print digital photos or will upload images to retail store Web sites and pick the photos up at a later time.

Sales of inkjet printers that allow consumers to print photographs at home will double, according to a report from Lyra Research. Last year, Lyra said, 140 million such printers were sold worldwide. The market researcher, which focuses on the imaging industry, projects that the figure will grow to 300 million annually by 2004.

Despite the proliferation of such printers, Lyra found that less than 14 photos are printed each month in U.S. homes. Lyra predicts that more and more consumers will turn to in-store kiosks to print digital photos or will upload images to retail store Web sites and pick the photos up at a later time.