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How Old Books Get That Distinctive Smell

3 years agoOdd : Neatorama

(YouTube Link) This succinct yet informative video reveals how old books get that distinctive smell we bibliophiles know and love, and illustrates the tell tale signs of book deterioration. Watching it immediately brought the smell to mind, and I had to take one of my oldest editions off the shelf for a quick sniff. Yay [...]
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360°Books Open to Reveal 360 Degrees of Cut Paper Illustrations

Odd : Laughing Squid (last year)

Japanese artist and architect Yusuke Oono has created a series of books that recount famous tales like Snow White and The Jungle Book in cut paper illustrations. When fully opened, each “360°Book” forms a circular fan of pages in wh... Read Post

What is "used book smell?"

Odd : Boing Boing (3 years ago)

In this short video, Richard from ABEbooks describes the distinctive smell of old books ("a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla, with an underlying mustiness") caused by hundreds of volatile compou... Read Post

Why Do Old Books Smell?

Odd : The Presurfer (3 years ago)

Walk into a used bookshop and you will encounter the unique aroma of aging books. The smell is loved by some, disliked by others, but where does it come from? YouTube link (thanks Cora) The Presurfer Read Post

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