Posted by Barry Silverstein on July 13, 2010 12:30 PM
Canon, a brand we recently profiled, continues to innovate beyond its photographic roots.
On July 23, Canon will introduce a new online photo service in Japan, Photopresso, that will make it possible for consumers to publish their own photo books.
It's a move by Canon to get its share of the growing online digital photo print market, which includes such services as KodakGallery.com, Shutterfly.com, and Snapfish.com. Retail chains like CVS and Target also have on-site kiosks available for creating digital photo prints.
The Photopresso website allows users to upload their digital photos, select layout and binding preferences, and order hardcopy versions of photo books they create.
Photopresso also permits photo-sharing on the website's gallery. Gallery visitors can choose a photo book to view and then "flip" through the pages online.
Initially, the service will be available only to Canon users who register on the Canon Image Gateway. Plans call for the service to be broadened to non-members and for Photopresso to be expanded to other countries in addition to Japan.