Emily Sproch - Real bookworms love that "old book smell." It's right up there with "I just love to turn pages!" on the list of reasons to avoid a Kindle at all costs.
Well, its not just pretension. Turns out even scientists agree that old books really do smell good. ILAB, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, puts it this way:
Scientists say that “old book smell” is more than just mustiness; it contains hints of grass and vanilla. That’s because all the compounds used to make the book release distinctive odors as they break down. For example, lignin, which is present in all wood-based paper, is closely related to vanillin. As it breaks down, the lignin grants old books that faint vanilla scent.
Smithosonian.com picked up the story, and you can check their post out HERE.
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