Why We Don’t Finish Photo Books

I have the results to my photo book survey, with 71 responses, and the results are clear. Too many photo books are not completed. It is all too easy to start a project and become distracted. 80% of people who completed my survey have at least one uncompleted book with the majority having 3-5 uncompleted books. One person had started over 20 books that were not complete.

The top reason photo books are not completed is “Other priorities,”  but responses included many other reasons as well. Other reasons included “forgot about it,” “waiting on photos from others,” and “need more time.” I was glad to see that “Too difficult” and “Too expensive” had the lowest number of responses, with 4% each.

Once photo books are completed the chance that they will be printed is high. 60% of the readers who completed the survey have printed all photo books, with only 5% reporting more than five unprinted books.

In another note, the readers of this blog complete and have printed a large number of photo books, with an average of approximately 14 photo books. This average is approximate because the ranges I selected did not accurately reflect the large number of photo books that readers have completed. In fact, 31% of the people who completed my survey have completed over 20 photo books. Congratulations! The photo book is the scrapbook for the future. You are successfully preserving your digital memories.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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1 Response to Why We Don’t Finish Photo Books

  1. I finish them better than traditional books!

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