Thursday February 22nd 2018



Old Book Smell

Did you know?

“Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin.  When made into paper and stored for years it breaks down and smells good.  Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us.” 



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8 Responses to “Old Book Smell”

  1. […] Now I know why old books smell so darned good. Found via B for Bel (her source). […]

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  3. Dominique says:

    thanks for stopping by annette…enjoy your next read!

  4. Who knew that that’s why old books smell so nicely! Thanks for the education!

  5. Dominique says:

    belly, you have lots of company given how beloved this post is! thanks for writing.

  6. Belly B says:

    I’m a compulsive book-smeller. Looks kind of creepy but then I realised I was far from being the only one 😉

    Belly B 🙂

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