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Why Do Old Books Smell? [Video]

Have you ever noticed how old books have that certain unique smell to them? This great video from AbeBooks explains why old books smell the way they do and which time periods produced books that are more likely to do so.

Why Do Old Books Smell? [via BoingBoing]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 04/17/12

Comments (6)

  1. trinity343

    I love the smell of old books. it’s one of my favorite smells in the world. i have a great smelling old book that was published back in the nice

  2. LadyFitzgerald

    One source of odor that wasn’t mentioned comes from biological activity, mostly bacterial and fungal.

  3. r

    creepy dude,…he likely frequents local libraries just to smell the books.

  4. Archie22is

    interesting study/video…

  5. yvonne

    i love the smell of books , developed pica while pregnant , couldnt resist a nibble or 2!!

  6. Guest

    Old books have the pleasant aroma of quaintness, nostalgia, and romance.

    E-books reek with the permeating, gut-wrenching stench of blood money and soulless machines.

    I’d love to discover for myself the sweet scent of linguistic irony that is a thousand Kindles in a bonfire.

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