Speculation as to what Eastman Kodak Co. planned to do with its more than 100,000 photo kiosks following the company's post-bankruptcy plans can come to an end.
According to a company press release, Kodak has partnered with On Demand Books and ReaderLink to give customers a full-service digital-to-print media center for custom printing needs such as photo books, self-published titles and educational supplements.
The integrated Kodak Picture Kiosk and On Demand Books solution will include the following features and functionality: Integration of the Espresso Book Machine and EspressNet with the Kodak Picture Kiosk; ability to print and bind paperback photo books using Kodak printers; access to more than 7 million in-copyright or public domain books via On Demand's digital database; assistance with creation and ability to print self-published books of various types; and reporting of transactions and customer analytics to both retailers and publishers.
"Our partnership with On Demand Books delivers exciting new capabilities to consumers and retailers, and is a great example of Kodak's focus on bringing innovation to market," said Laura Quatela, president of Kodak. "Consumers will enjoy getting from our valued retail partners immediate delivery of a whole new offering of high-quality photo books, as well as a broad library of book titles. In addition, our retail partners will have new avenues for increased revenue as they expand their photo book sales in-store and deliver a massive list of book titles to their customers instantly."
The partnership will involve North American retailers during 2012 and then expand internationally in 2013, according to the announcement. With the photo kiosk sale still underway, Kodak plans to roll out the changes before handing the business over to the new buyer.
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