If you like old book smells and think you are a bibliophile, this article is for you.
Have you ever wondered where this smell comes from?
Most old books are made up of organic materials such as paper, paint, glue and thread. Over the years, they react with heat, light and each other and produce 15 different chemicals such as Acetic acid, Benzaldehyde, Butanol. Their ratio is slightly different in each book, which gives each old book a unique scent.
In fact, the environment in which the book is located can affect them, and in some old books it is possible to encounter odors such as cigarettes, coffee and cat pee.
By the way, it’s not a problem if you mess with old books once in a while, but the mold accumulated in these books for centuries can cause some diseases such as lung cancer and asthma in books that spend their life in old books and in poorly ventilated places.
Originally posted 2021-12-13 21:38:35.