The paperback looks a bit skinny (well, it is) and more like a child's picture book than anything else (well... ), but the hardback is the business. I'm really impressed. I ordered two different paper types in the hardback because I couldn't decide which would be best, and they are both nice.
The main differences are in the texture of the paper; they all take the print really well.
- The standard paper is quite shiny. It reflects the light a little bit, but not too much. It feels like the pages of a commercial art book. This is the only option for the paperbacks, and it's pretty darn good.
- The premium, matt paper is actually "semi matt", which means it's smooth but a bit less shiny than the standard stuff. It's very nice indeed.
- The proline uncoated is not shiny at all. It looks and feels a bit like cartridge paper - there's a bit of texture to it. It's the most expensive option that I tried. It is lovely, but, I think, unnecessary.