What type of paper do you use? What is the life span of the paper?
For our Standard Definition Classic Photo Books, you can choose from 150gsm Premium Silk paper (similar to a semi-gloss finish), Photo Peral paper 190gsm which is a luxurious satin matte finish, Fine Art paper 150gsm an uncoated brilliant white with a matte surface and Matte Textured 170gsm with a canvas-like texture.
Our SD softcovers are a Sovereign Silk 150gsm paper which is non-transparent with a light sheen.
All of these paper stocks are acid-free and optimal for archival purposes. They are the best options for albums due to their increased thickness and quality while still remaining pliable enough to give the best digital printing results.
For our High Definition Classic Photo Books, we use 250gsm Luster photo paper. Thicker than our Standard Definition paper, HD Luster paper is glare free and hides fingerprints. High Definition Photo Books are also available in 250gsm Glossy photo paper, providing a high gloss finish with superb shine. Both these paper stocks have been designed to absorb the inks used in printing to provide increased vibrancy of colour and saturation.
All Layflat Photo Books are digitally printed on 400gsm E-Photo Luster paper. This paper is stiff, whilst retaining some flexibility. With a reflection-free matte surface, these pages are water resistant and dirt-repellent, built to stand the test of time.
Here are some definitions of the terms used to describe the paper:
Semi-gloss - defines how ‘shiny’ the paper is. A semi-gloss paper has a minimal shine look.
Acid-free - means that the paper has been treated to neutralise its natural acidity. Without this the paper would slowly turn yellow over time, similar to an old newspaper.
As long your photobook is cared for and stored in a cool dry location out of direct sunlight, we would expect it to last for generations.