Do you love the smell of books, especially old books? Do you know what causes that smell? If you guessed chemicals, yes, you’re partially right. Compound Interest has broken down the elements involved creating the smell the old and new books in this nifty infographic.
For the new book smell, Compound Interest states, that it can be traced to three primary sources: “the paper itself (and the chemicals used in its manufacture), the inks used to print the book, and the adhesives used in the book-binding process.”
Since these sources can each be manufactured differently, that’s why each new book has a different aroma. And when a chemical breakdown of the compounds in the paper start occurring, that results in the old book smell.
For more info, check out the infographic below.