All “storybook albums” are not created equal. One of the most important distinctions is between press-printed albums and albums constructed of real RA-4 photo prints. Press-printed books don’t use real photo prints, but rather use the same techniques one might find in a coffee table book. The print quality in such books is inferior to books made with real photo prints, and often the durability is lesser as well. All of the major consumer-marketed “storybooks” are press-printed.
For our storybook albums, it was crucial that we have a product that we believe is not only beautiful, but well-constructed and durable. The albums that we have selected are comprised of RA-4 prints on Fuji Crystal archive paper, which not only insures that the images are beautifully presented, but that they are reasonably resistant to finger prints and other contaminants. These pages can be gently wiped with a damp rag with no ill effects.
The pages themselves are thick boards that will never tear, and won’t even crease unless you’re intentionally trying to damage the book for some reason. The binding is tight and solid, and the cover is wrapped in luxurious Italian leather.