National Book Lovers Day, August 9th, encourages you to find your favorite reading place, a good book and read the day away. a day for those who can’t live without books and reading. People love books because they can transport you to new worlds and offer a world of experiences. They offer escapism and make you feel many emotions.

Soak up the wonderful sensation of bibliosmia. This is the effect the book has on the nostrils as you breathe in the scent of the pages. Books have a scent that is intoxicating, bordering on the addictive. Rejoice book lovers as you soak up the chemical materials used to make books: glue, paper, and ink. As they breaks down, the book releases volatile organic compounds.

Book-smell occurs with the chemical breakdown of compounds within the paper. It is the slow death of the book. Smell is the acutest of the senses and the most effective at conjuring up memories. N ow that new books are printed with toner the aroma has changed.

As it was:

  • Early books used parchment or vellum (calf skin) for the book pages.
  • Book covers were made of wood, covered with leather.
  • Bindings were fitted with clasps or straps.
  • Public libraries appeared in the Middle Ages.

The particular smell of a book can:

  1. provide important details about the book
  2. reveal its age and condition
  3. help to gauge the type of storage
  4. indicate the care the book requires.

Book lovers can rejoice at a wide variety of genres, authors, from different time periods. There are thrillers, romances, non-fiction and graphic novels, something for every taste! And best of all, books are now accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and kindles, and of course, the trusty old paperback. Nothing can substitute the feel and smell of book pages when reading a novel. Books carry memories from the past. Books are magical.

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