Posts tagged: photo books

Amazon Enters Photo Print Market

David Haueter
 Sep 29, 2016

There haven’t been that many significant entries into the photo print market over the last several years, so it was especially notable when Amazon announced its AmazonPrints service on September 21st, which is available to Amazon Prime and Amazon Drive customers. The service is now offering photo prints in 4” x 6” ($0.09), 5” x 7” ($0.58) and 8” x 10” ($1.79) sizes, as well as two different types of photo books. AmazonPrints 8” x 11” hardcover photo book with glossy pages starts at $19.99, and an 8” x 11” premium layflat hardcover book with matte paper starts at $44.99. According to the AmazonPrints website, stationery and calendars are coming soon.

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Fujifilm opens “Wonder Photo Shop” in the heart of New York City

David Haueter
 Jul 19, 2016

On Friday July 22nd, Fujifilm will open the new “Wonder Photo Shop” at 176 5th Avenue in the shadow of the famous Flatiron Building in New York City. The New York City shop is the first U.S. location and the ninth storefront in the world.  The first shop was established in Tokyo in 2014, with other shops located in Barcelona, Bogata, Manila, Shanghai, and Singapore. After attending a media event just a few days before the store opened, I’m confident that New Yorkers will embrace the shop and that it will fulfill one of Fujifilm’s goals, which is for people to become more immersed in the joy of photography.

Wonder Photo Shop gets ready to open

Wonder Photo Shop gets ready to open

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Mosaic is a Benchmark for Photo Book Mobile Apps

David Haueter
 Nov 14, 2014

Smartphones are now the primary camera that most U.S. consumers use on a daily basis and their rise in popularity is having a significant impact on photo output products such as photo prints, photo books, and photo cards. With people taking more pictures with smartphones, they are also creating more printed products with them. In the InfoTrends 2014 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, 21% of photo merchandise buyers indicated that they had ordered a photo  product using their mobile device and another 39% said they had not but were interested in doing so.

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Room to Grow in the U.S. Photo Merchandise Market

David Haueter
 Oct 29, 2014

Photo merchandise items like photo books, photo cards, and calendars remain very popular gift items in the U.S. market, but according to recent InfoTrends consumer surveys, the market is showing signs of slowing down. In InfoTrends’ 2014 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, about 40% of respondents had bought photo merchandise products in the last year. This was virtually unchanged from the 2013 survey after showing growth the previous two years. InfoTrends believes that while a slowdown is inevitable as the photo merchandise market matures, there is still room for continued growth with targeted marketing efforts and promotions.

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Mobile Devices Growing in Popularity as Photo Merchandise Creating & Ordering Tools

David Haueter
 Sep 4, 2014

Smartphones have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, filling the role of not only a phone, but also a music player, GPS, calculator, calendar, flashlight, voice recorder, clock, camera, and many other functions depending on what apps are installed on it. The camera is one of the most popular functions used on the smartphone and many consumers now use a smartphone as their primary camera. In the InfoTrends 2014 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Survey, over 46% of respondents said the smartphone was the type of digital camera used most often, which was more popular than digital point & shoot cameras at just under 33%.

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New InfoTrends Study Shows that Electronic and Printed Products have a Future Together

David Haueter
 May 2, 2014

It’s safe to say that electronic viewing and sharing of photos is here to stay as the use of smartphones and tablets become a more prevalent part of our photography habits. What’s more of a wild card is how electronic “e-books” and “e-cards” will ultimately impact the print side of the market. Recent research by InfoTrends suggests that there is room for both, and that the print side of the market may even get a boost from the electronic world.

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Electronic cards and books having an impact on print, but it doesn’t need to be that way

David Haueter
 Mar 20, 2014

With the rise of smartphones and tablets as well as the popularity of sites like Facebook and Tumblr, we’re becoming more and more a world where our photos are shared electronically. We’ve been seeing for years the impact this has had on the traditional photo print market, but the trend toward electronic viewing may be extending into the market for photo products like cards and books as well.

In our 2013 U.S. Photo Merchandise Survey, 23% of respondents said they had created electronic photo cards (e-cards) in the last year and 17% said they had created electronic photo books (e-books).  Not surprisingly, the percentage of e-card and e-book buyers was highest among the 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 year old age groups, as well as those that said they were “advanced hobbyist” photographers (for example, 39% of advanced hobbyists said they had created e-cards in last year, compared to just 22% of snapshot photographers).

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Flickr Gets into the Photo Book Market

David Haueter
 Nov 22, 2013

Flickr announced this week the addition of Flickr Photo Books, which allows users to create printed photo books from the photo sets they have on their Flickr site. It’s the first time the Yahoo-owned site has offered a printed product directly to their users, though users have had the option of sending their Flickr photos to the HP Snapfish site for creating printed products since 2009. The new book option was announced just in time for the busy Holiday season, which is when most consumers order photo products.

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Picture.com Counts on Collaboration for Success

David Haueter
 Jun 7, 2013

There’s no question that the output side of the photo market has been impacted in some negative ways by the electronic world, as more people are using websites, social networking and the cloud to share, manage and archive their photos rather than print them. However, that electronic side of the world also presents some real opportunities for vendors that are proactive about taking advantage of the benefits that merging the electronic and printed worlds has to offer.

InfoTrends believes that the future success of the photo output market relies in large part on how the physical, output side of the market melds with the electronic virtual world. Our research has shown that a significant percentage of consumers are interested in producing output from photos that are shared and viewed electronically, be it on a social networking site like Facebook, a photo gallery site like Flickr or through an online photo services provider. In the recently published 2013 U.S. Photo Merchandise End-User Study, InfoTrends found that 83% of photo merchandise buyers had interest in creating photo merchandise products that allowed people to work together online in product design and/or creation.

Lulu.com has established a reputation as a site for people that want to publish their own books (including photo books) but is now striking into new territory with their Picture.com site (www.picture.com), which harnesses the power of electronic sharing and collaboration to create unique photo books and calendars. The Picture.com site has collaborative features that allow people to add their own photos to a single gallery, which can then be used to create photo books or calendars, and photos can not only be uploaded from the computer but also pulled from Facebook or Lulu.com accounts.

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Print is “Slow Food”

David Haueter
 Sep 13, 2012

The inaugural Luminance conference, a show put on by PhotoShelter, was held in New York City, this week on September 12-13 at the Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in Tribeca. The conference had a good crowd on the day I was there and featured interesting speakers that touched on a variety of photography-related subjects. Topics covered on the first day included the increased skepticism of digital photography due to the popularity of advanced image editing tools at our disposal today (presentation by Kevin Connor from Fourandsix Technologies, Inc), photo retouching (presented by leading retoucher Amy Dresser) and social photography (with presentations by Facebook’s Cory West and Hipstamatic’s Lucas Buick).

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