Keepsy Announces Instagram Gift Books

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Silicon Valley startup lets Instagram users make photo books with their friends' pics

Instagram photo books will make great holiday gifts because they're beautiful, affordable, and also very personal.

Keepsy.com -- the first to launch photo albums for the popular Instagram iPhone application -- today announced their latest product: Instagram Gift Books.

"Until now, Instagram fans have only been able to print photo books with their own Instagram photos. Now you can quickly and easily make a gift book for any of your friends using their Instagram photos," said CEO Peter Weck. "We think these will make great holiday gifts because they're beautiful, affordable, and also very personal."

Making a gift album couldn't be easier -- Keepsy doesn't even require registration on their site. Users can simply log-in to their Instagram accounts via Keepsy and enter a friend's Instagram account name in the photo selector. The site will automatically load the friend's photos in order of popularity, ensuring that the user is selecting the very best from the friend's collection. From there, the selection and layout of the album can be fine-tuned. The entire process takes only a few minutes.

To ensure that albums are only printed as personal gifts, Keepsy requires that an Instagram user follows the album creator in order to access the photos. "So, if you wanted to make an album with photos from Jamie Oliver or NPR, you're out of luck unless they follow you," quipped Weck. Instagram users that want to restrict access to their photos can also opt to do so on the Keepsy site.

Keepsy's flagship product is a hardback 30-page album starting at $29.95. "We've tested shorter albums as well as soft-back covers, and they don't make great gifts. Our albums have the character and substance that one expects with a keepsake," said Blake Williams, VP of Product, "Our albums have a lot of character -- just like our customers."

About Keepsy
Keepsy uses the power of social networks to create custom, collaborative photo albums. People can create their own custom albums and invite friends to add their own photos and messages to the album. Keepsy was founded by Peter Weck, Blake Williams, and Kai Zhao. Keepsy's investors include James Hong, Tim Connors, and Dave McClure's 500Startups fund. To learn more about Keepsy, please visit http://www.keepsy.com

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