Where Does The Smell of Old Books Come From?

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Old books have a distinctive smell that can make any book lover’s heart melt. Matija Strlic of University College London described it to The Telegraph as “a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness, this unmistakable smell is as much a part of the book as its contents.”

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Leave It To A Group Of Brilliant Librarians To Get Me To Open A Book Again. This Is Really Cool.

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Redditor botd44 recently shared these pictures made by a group of librarians in the city of Kaposvár in Hungary. The librarians made these clever pictures in hopes of increasing the community’s interest in reading books again. In many ways, it is becoming a lost “art” as the masses let visual entertainment steal their imaginations. Not only that, but it seems actual books (real paper and binding) are becoming increasingly less used as well. Great for the environment, but sometimes reading the old fashioned way is just better. Check out their series of photographs to see how they brought attention back to book reading in their city.

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These Bizarre Atlases Beautifully Map Out The World’s Darkness

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When it comes to tracking down engaging reading material, atlases typically don’t make the cut.

Designed with functionality in mind, these works are more likely to familiarize you with the topography of Yellowstone National Park than they are to stir up deeply unsettling feelings about the world around you — until now, that is.

Olivier Le Carrer’s “Atlas of Cursed Places” and Aude de Tocqueville’s “Atlas of Lost Cities” — both published by Hachette Book Group — effectively turn the form on its head. By rejecting the conventions o Continue reading These Bizarre Atlases Beautifully Map Out The World’s Darkness

Books, New York, And The Internet: A Love Story

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A tale of life in the city, 14 years in publishing, and embracing technology to save the culture you love.