Yesterday my first book that I made with Flickr’s new book publishing service arrived. I was very impressed. My 200 page book was one of the best self publishing books that I’ve seen yet. I was most impressed with the paper that was used in the book. It was super premium high quality photo paper and as you turned each page it felt much weightier than most paper I’ve seen in other self publishing books.
The binding was not as nice as professionally printed books, but it was consistent with the binding that I’ve seen on other self published books from places like blurb.
It took my book exactly 7 days to arrive from the time of order to receipt. Once it was shipped, it was delivered next day.
As it stands right now you can just order books for yourself. You can’t sell them to others through Flickr. I had a few people that I showed the book to inquire about ordering a copy for themselves. As it stands right now this is a one of a kind book and I don’t plan on making additional copies of it.
Although I did not see a way to get text into the book, it seems like it might be possible looking at this example of another Flickr book by Flickr user Snoop Pac Doggy Dog. The book comes with a very nice printed removable slip cover and the book also has the same image on the cover itself.
I would definitely order more books from this service by Flickr. The quality of the product was first rate. It’s also nice that I did not need to upload high res photos to another site. Because Flickr already has my high res photos, it made it easier to just build my book through them.
It’s nice to finally be able to look at my own photo book and especially put it up on the shelf with my other photo books when I’m done — it sits right between photo books by Friedlander and Winogrand.