Fact Snacks!


The smell of an old book is the smell of its death. 

The scent is caused by paper, ink and adhesives breaking down. As a book’s organic compounds degrade, they release chemicals into the air that we interpret as a combination of grass, vanilla, and almond. 

Books also hang on to odors that tell the story of their history– like smoke, flowers pressed between pages, or water damage. 

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