In the category of photo books to avoid, I would include Artisan State’s photo books. According to Artisan State, The Photographer’s Photo Book is flush mounted, affordable, and lay flat. It is available with various cover options, has library quality binding, and is made with real photo paper.
Unfortunately, “Every page is mounted on rigid PVC sheets [sic].” PVC decomposes over time and is a poor choice of materials when it comes to long-term preservation. It is also environmentally unfriendly. See Effect of PVC on Imaging Materials for more details on this material.
Artisan State does do one thing that I really like: ” Every page receives protective coating to protect against unforseen stains and spills [sic].” Now if they would only get rid of the PVC…
p.s. Artisan State should also run a spelling and grammar check on its web site.
Note added 9/18/2014: It looks like Artisan State has discontinued their use of PVC (see Green Substrate Vs PVC); however, the customer service and other quality concerns remain.
Note added 4/25/2016: Artisan State is now Zno.