What causes the ‘smell of books’?


A few days ago I mentioned the “smell of books” in the context of scents that various perfume and other scented-product manufacturers are trying to produce. The aroma is caused by various chemical compounds that are released as books age. Here’s a video that goes into more detail about exactly which compounds those are.

Now, if only they could find a way to attach these aromas to e-books. Scratch-and-sniff stickers on the e-readers? I doubt we’ll actually get a Kindle with a built-in potpourri burner.

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TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows has been writing for us--except for a brief interruption--since 2006. Son of two librarians, he has worked on a third-party help line for Best Buy and holds degrees in computer science and communications. He clearly personifies TeleRead's motto: "For geeks who love books--and book-lovers who love gadgets." Chris lives in Indianapolis and is active in the gamer community.


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