Old books have a distinctive smell that can make any booklover’s heart
melt. Matija Strlic of University College London described it to The Telegraph
as “a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of
vanilla over an underlying mustiness, this unmistakable smell is as much
a part of the book as its contents.
The secret to the scent is within the hundreds of volatile organic
compounds (VOCs) that make up the book’s paper pages, ink, and adhesive.
Over time, the VOCs break down, releasing the chemicals into the air
that are picked up by our noses. New books also have a trademark aroma,
but it isn’t quite as developed as their older counterparts.
Additionally, different materials used in manufacturing the book will
alter the VOC profile.
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