The fifth business of Pieter Levels’ ambitious 12 startups in 12 months project is Gifbook.io, which helps people print animated GIFs as flip books. Do you think it’ll take off?
When it comes to movies or TV shows, do you find yourself constantly fast-forwarding to your favorite scenes and rewatching them again and again? Admit it – there’s just something so captivating about seeing Leonardo DiCaprio raising his glass with fireworks blazing in the background over, and over, and over:
Thanks to animated GIFs – which help generate huge amounts of web traffic on platforms like Facebook and Reddit – we no longer have to expend our energy clicking through a movie’s timeline to find those moments.
Still, while these GIFs have conquered many an internet user’s online activity, digital nomad and entrepreneur Pieter Levels thinks that’s not enough. “It seems like a problem that we’ve put people on the moon but haven’t been able to put animated GIFs on paper,” he says on his website.
While landing on the moon and putting GIFs on paper aren’t exactly equivalent achievements, it’s quite clear that Levels wants to help people access and enjoy their favorite GIFs IRL (in real life). The solution: creating a business called Gifbook.io that helps people print animated GIFs as flip books. The fifth business of his ambitious 12 startups in 12 months project, Levels claims that they are the first ever to do this.
Want to see this over and over while commuting to work? Now you can.
Bringing GIFs to life on Gifbook.io seems like a pretty simple endeavor. All you need to do is upload a GIF or paste the URL link on the homepage, crop it to the appropriate size, and you can watch nyan cat dance across the screen while the site gets the rest done in the background. Gifbook.io charges $30 for three flipbooks and Stripe is the only payment option available at the moment.
According to Levels, if Gifbook takes off, he might look into printing videos from Vine, YouTube, and Facebook in the near future. For now, responses have been fairly positive, with Gifbook.io hitting second place on ProductHunt on the day of its launch.
Editing by J.T. Quigley and Josh Horwitz, thumbnail image credit: Flickr user Raul Pacheco-Vega
This post was originally published on Tech in Asia