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What causes the smell of old and new books? (infographic)
Why we love the smell of old books? The nose is responsible for that. It’s one of the strongest ways to trigger memories, old good memories from times when parents had used to read books to us in bed.
Compound Interest, the blog exploring the chemistry behind everyday objects, has published a very interesting infographic (also embedded below), explaining differences between the smell of old and new books.
When you buy a new book, you’ll mostly feel:
- the smell of a paper itself,
- the ink used to print the book,
- the adhesives used in the book-binding process.
As stated, differences in paper, adhesives, and inks used will influence the ‘new book smell’, so not all new books will smell the same – perhaps the reason why no research has yet attempted to definitively define the aroma.
The old book smell is a result of the degradation of the three major ingredients described above. What you’ll feel is a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla.
No matter whether you are addicted to the smell of an old or new book, check out these perfumes, candles, and other home decor items with a great paper scent.
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Gifts for modern bookworms in 2023
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Coffee and candle warmer with USB charger
This innovative little accessory that guarantees your coffee or tea will be always warm. You can also use it to release the scent from your candle without lighting it. Thanks to USB port, you will be able to charge your phone while reading.
Compact and innovative reading light
From a German brand Nachteule comes a clever book light that you attach not to a book but your reading glasses. It’s so light that you can also clip it to your earphones or hair accessories! The built-in battery will let you read 200 pages.
Hands-free pillow stand – great for e-readers and print books
An improved version of a popular Lamicall tablet pillow comes now with a side pocket for a pen or small accessories. The grooves are deep enough to hold a print book. It’s made of durable materials and is available in five fashionable colors.
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About Ola Kowalczyk
As a frequent visitor of her favorite local library, Ola is particularly interested in how books and libraries evolve in the digital age. Ebooks, print, audiobooks – for her, all books are equal.
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BKWRM Bookworm Forever t-shirt
A bookworm is a person who re-reads books forever. This vintage BKWRM FRVR design comes with definitions of words “bookworm” and “forever,” as well as engraved reading glasses. A fantastic gift for a book lover in your life.
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The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig
A Conversation About Rain
Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford. She sat at a low table staring at a chess board.
‘Nora dear, it’s natural to worry about your future,’ said the librarian, Mrs Elm, her eyes twinkling.
Mrs Elm made her first move. A knight hopping over the neat row of white pawns. ‘Of course, you’re going to be worried about the exams. But you could be anything you want to be, Nora. Think of all that possibility. It’s exciting.’
‘Yes. I suppose it is.’
‘A whole life in front of you.’
‘A whole life.’
‘You could do anything, live anywhere. Somewhere a bit less cold and wet.’
Nora pushed a pawn forward two spaces.
It was hard not to compare Mrs Elm to her mother, who treated Nora like a mistake in need of correction. For instance, when she was a baby her mother had been so worried Nora’s left ear stuck out more than her right that she’d used sticky tape to address the situation, then disguised it beneath a woollen bonnet.
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Innovative pillow stand for hands-free use
From Lamicall comes a brand-new pillow stand with an “open jaw” design, a stylus holder, and a large pocket for your phone or charger. A perfect tablet or e-reader stand for hands-free use: reading, watching, or video calls.
Our score: 8.2/10
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