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What is "used book smell?"

2 years agoOdd : Boing Boing

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 compounds released during the slow oxidization of the paper, glues and inks. Why Do Old Books Smell? [...]
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Why Do Old Books Smell?

Odd : Laughing Squid (2 years ago)

Richard of online bookseller AbeBooks tells us why old books have that peculiar smell. via Explore Read Post

A hint of vanilla

Beauty / Perfume : Now Smell This (5 years ago)

The aroma of an old book is familiar to every user of a traditional library. A combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness, this unmistakable smell is as much part of the book ... Read Post

What Causes “Old Book Smell”?

Odd : mental_floss (2 years ago)

“A combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness” is how an international team of chemists describes the unique odor of old books in a study. Poetic, sure, but what causes it? Bo... Read Post


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