Yahoo’s Flickr to Team with Qoop for Photo Printing
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Yahoo’s Flickr, an online community site and photo service, is readying to launch a print-on-demand service, internetnews.com reports; it has also learned that Flickr will partner with Qoop, which has not yet itself launched, to offer the service that allows users to select photos and formats to be printed into bound books. Those who want to publish such books with Qoop technology will be able to sell them on their own websites or through online ads, including a link that takes the buyer to Qoop for payment processing, ordering and fulfillment.
This is HUGE news! Many of us Flickr users have been crying out for an easy system through which to order prints of photos we come across, while sending a portion of the price to the photographer behind the work. The snippet is short on details, but I’m assuming we will be able to order prints from any Flickr user who has an account with Qoop (which I promise I will have as soon as this launches). In addition to standard prints, the Qoop service will also be offering bound books of photos. I can see this being huge if it is integrated into Flickr groups. Imagine a group like my local Raleigh Group that has accumulated a mass of fantastic pictures pertaining to a central subject. Users could order a bound book, which would only include photos from members who opted into the program, of photos from the group. This would also be great for people who make groups for events like weddings and family reunions.
My first concern, if the photographers can indeed see this as a small source of revenue, is the issue of people stealing photos from other people and uploading them as their own. It will be interesting to see what sort of freedoms we are given with this new service, whether you will only be able to order prints of your own work, or if it will behave as a huge online photography store as I’ve been speculating so far in this post.
This looks to be a month old, and I’m sure it’s old news to quite a few people. I must be in the dark because this is news to me. Regardless, this is a very exciting development!