Why do old books smell so good?

April 12, 2012

Do you find yourself taking a deep cleansing breath when you enter a used book store?  What is that smell?  Dust and something else — it’s the sweet smell of aging books.  I fondly remember the smell of many of the old books in the children’s department of the library where I grew up.  This meant to me that this book had been around for a while — it must be good.

If you wonder where that smell comes from, an article in Huffington Post: Why Do Old Books Smell So Good? states that scientists in England have found what causes that old book smell:

via PW Daily

posting by Lorraine


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