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

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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One Response to Why We Don’t Finish Photo Books

  1. I finish them better than traditional books!

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