At this time, no ISO standards exist specifically for photo books. The best we can do is follow existing standards and then make modifications when required. At Creative Memories, we use ISO 11800 Requirements for binding materials and methods used in the manufacture of books whenever possible. This standard provides guidelines for methods and materials necessary to produce durable, long-lasting books. Among its requirements, ISO 11800 prohibits the use of hot-melt adhesives that are commonly used in low-cost binding systems. At Creative Memories, we take longevity and durability seriously and do not use these materials. Many other standards also give requirements and test methods for producing high-quality books.
I recently summarized relevant standards in a presentation on Photo Book Standards and Requirements, which was given at the spring meeting of Hardcover Binders International in Quebec City. This information is intended to help develop ISO standards for photo books that allow everyone to more tell the difference between high-quality and poorly manufactured photo books.