Digging Into the Science of That Old-Book Smell - NY Times article

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Monday, 16 November, 2009 - 00:00

By HENRY FOUNTAIN, Published: November 16, 2009

"If you have torn yourself away from the virtual library that is the Internet long enough to visit a real library, you know that the smell of old books — musty, slightly acidic, even grassy — is instantly recognizable. But is it quantifiable? And if so, might old-book odor prove useful to librarians and conservators charged with preserving collections?"

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