Wednesday, July 30, 2014

...that 'ol book smell

...did you know

Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin.

When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good.

Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us.

...think about that before downloading your next read on the Kindle or IPad, and support your neighborhood bookstores.

Thanks for reading ;)



D.G. Hudson said...

I like that old book smell, as long as they haven't become musty from dampness. I like the new book smell too. I still like libraries. When I was younger, I thought I would love to be shut up in a library for a day or night and just peruse all the books that interested me. (as long as the library wasn't haunted, that is. . .)

Anne Gallagher said...

Funny how I'm on vacation and though my Kindle is packed with TBR, I keep taking paperbacks to the beach.

I love the smell of vanilla. It's such a comforting smell.

Hope all is well with you.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I like the smell of old book stores. I love the smell of leather bound books. But I am a Kindle fan since I can carry a library with me when I transport rare blood. Have a great rest of summer! :-)

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