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HP and Photojournalist Rick Smolan Offer Customizable, Print-on-demand Obama Time Capsule Book


HP enables new publishing model with print-on-demand technology

PALO ALTO, Calif., HP and Rick Smolan, co-creator of the best-selling “Day in the Life” and “America 24/7” books, today announced “The OBAMA Time Capsule,” a first-of-its-kind customizable coffee table book showcasing President Barack Obama’s journey to the White House, including his first 100 days in office.

The book will be available exclusively online at

HP print-on-demand technology makes it possible for readers to customize the content of their books and print them on demand, eliminating costs and paper waste typically associated with traditional book publishing.

“From grassroots Facebook campaigns to YouTube videos, the Obama campaign took the presidential race to a new level in terms of personalization,” said Smolan, co-founder, Against All Odds Productions. “By combining our team’s compelling storytelling techniques with HP’s state-of-the-art print-on-demand publishing platform, we’re enabling millions of people to seamlessly merge this moment in history with their own personal experiences.”

To create a book, readers purchase the product on Then, using the HP print-on-demand platform via the Internet, readers simply answer a few questions, upload personal photos and text, and hit “publish.” The result is a photo-rich book, merging each buyer’s name, photos and comments with photographs by America’s leading photographers and original commentary from noted writers. Customization features include:

* A personalized dedication page
* Name on the cover and title page as co-author
* Personal photo displayed on book’s back cover
* A personalized mobile phone text message from President Obama
* A personalized inauguration invitation
* Personal photo appears next to key “who’s who” Obama supporters
* Children’s artwork added to a page of Obama-related artwork from children around the country

To make this book possible, HP developed a web-based platform that “publishes” the book by uploading the reader’s customized pages to a designated print service provider, which then prints the book using HP Indigo digital presses. Using the web-based platform, publishers eliminate the need for large press runs and remove pre-publication costs. Additionally, by only printing what is necessary, excess inventory and waste are eliminated.

“In the digital world, the mashup of professional and personal content is happening all the time. We’re bringing the same capabilities into print by allowing people to customize content before it’s published,” said Michael Mendenhall, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, HP. “Together with forward-thinking publishers like Rick Smolan, HP is democratizing print publishing and innovating new business models that capitalize on this fundamental shift in the industry.”

“The OBAMA Time Capsule” is available exclusively on for an introductory price of $34.95. Additional information is available at

About Against All Odds

Against All Odds Productions specializes in the design and execution of large-scale global photography projects that combine compelling storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. Its projects have resulted in numerous best sellers including AMERICA AT HOME, UK AT HOME, Blue Planet Run, AMERICA 24/7, One Digital Day, 24 Hours in Cyberspace, Passage to Vietnam, The Power to Heal, From Alice to Ocean, Christmas in America, and A Day in the Life of America. Fortune Magazine featured Against All Odds Productions as “One of the Coolest Companies in America.”

About HP
HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at


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