How Old Books Acquire Smell?


Do you feel comfortable sniffing pages of your old, treasured books? Have you ever wondered why old books smell so good? Love it or hate it, there’s a science behind the odor of these older books.

Why Old Books Smells Awesome?

According to this video from AbeBooks, Chemists at University College have investigated the old book odor and concluded that old books release hundreds of volatile organic compounds into the air and reacts with heat, moisture and light, which is why the pages have pungent smell.

Surprisingly, the manuscripts created by the earliest-known printers will survive even longer than the books printed today. This is because there’s not a lot of chemicals involved in the printing process.

Protect Your Old and New Books / Novels

Prolonged contact with newspaper or other books is one of the reason why books acquire smell. You may want to store your older books in a dry, cool place and avoid direct sunlight.

These days most of the books are going digital, so if you don’t like the smell of your old novels, you can always find a digital copy of your favorite book on the Internet. But if you do love the smell, then it is proven that sniffing out an old book regularly can save your older novels from decaying.

Do you love the smell that drifts into your nose when you open your old books and novels?

Related: Best books for Kids of All Ages.

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