Our standard papers fall into two surface characteristics - coated and uncoated - and two „temperatures“ - cold white and warm white. The cold / warm quality has the biggest effect with black and white photography, but even in colour it makes a subtle difference.
More prominent for the eye and the touch is the difference between coated and uncoated stock (and more difficult to simulate on screen.)
Coated paper allows a wider contrast range, it prints deeper blacks and finer detail. Uncoated paper has its moment when a more atmospheric, artistic quality is wanted. The touch of the open, natural surface only supports that.
Both have no sheen at all. The sheen seen here comes from the ink and is provoked by a harsh side light. It has a sharper edge on coated paper than on the somewhat cloudy surface of the uncoated stock.
On occasion we produce books on photographic paper. They are bound by glueing the pages back-to-back, resulting in a book with a very sturdy binding and a perfect lay-flat. But due to the thickness of these glued pages, books can only be 80 pages thick.
At the absolute top end and mostly for art reproduction we work with 10-colour InkJet printers and a variety of fine-art papers from Hahnenmühle.