An amazing difference between old and new books



NEW YORK – The smell of books that lingers in second-hand book stores is distinctive, but it is hard to know exactly what creates the nostalgic aroma.

Now one British chemistry teacher has created an infographic to explain how and why the scent of antique and new books differ.

Old books have a sweet smell with notes of vanilla flowers and almonds, caused by the breakdown of chemical compounds in the paper, while new books smell like they do because of chemicals used in their manufacture.


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