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Chatbooks Drives Print Demand Using Digital Content, Frank Comments

Published on January 15, 2016

WhatTheyThink's Eric Vessels asks a video question of Frank Romano about a new service he discovered called Chatbooks. The app let's you take your digital photos from Instagram, Facebook, or your phone and make a photobook. The killer app, though, is the subscription model. Frank is impressed!

Learn more about Chatbooks by finding the app on your mobile device or by visit chatbooks.com

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By Werner Rebsamen on Jan 15, 2016

Eric and Frank - where have you been? Look-up www.groovebook.com
You can have up to 100 photos printed, bound and shipped for a mere
$ 2.99 a month! Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank was so impressed, he got onto the team and sold it to Shutterfly for $ 14.5 million! His best investment ever!
Frank, I sent you a link. As you may be aware, we now print and bind more books than ever before, all thanks to computers, digital gadgets and of course, digital printing. Those who sell "One-Book-at-a-Time" binding equipment and supplies all report record sales.

 

By Paul Gardner on Jan 15, 2016

What a fabulous idea! A big piece of the magic here is SIMPLE. Anyone that can apply the Simple Magic of Chatbooks to another industry or product is likely to find eager customers!

Thanks Eric & Frank for sharing the experience and insight.

And congrats to Nate & Vanessa on creating something that impressed the Great Print Curmudgeon, Frank Romano!

ps - Werner, Groovebooks is indeed Very Cool. I'm imagining Chatbooks might ultimately be worth much, much more. The big question is can they form a deep bond with a broad swath of the Instagram community, now more than 400 million strong.

 

By Werner Rebsamen on Jan 15, 2016

Paul, agree with you. The Groove Book is for sharing prints. The sheets are perforated for that purpose. Some binders may soon offer hardcover versions of the Chatbook ……… endless opportunities in an exiting age.

 

By Paul Gardner on Jan 15, 2016

Werner - good to hear from you! And I to agree with you - An Exciting Age!

 

By Ken McCormick on Jan 15, 2016

Digital has come a long way but I still prefer my offset printed books -- there's just no substitute to a true duo-tone coffee table book.

 

By Werner Rebsamen on Jan 16, 2016

Ken - good point. Among the RIT printing faculty, we had many arguments in this regard, sheetfed vs. Web offset, then digital.
I still remember a Kodak executive giving a lecture to our students in the large Webb Auditorium. He stated: "Film will prevail!" Of course, that was a long time ago.
Love those coffee table books!

 

By Eric Vessels on Jan 18, 2016

@Werner, Thanks for the Groove Book tip!

 

By Joe Webb on Jan 20, 2016

I forgot that Frank said memory books would be big :)

 

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