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For the Smell of It

Another reason why the real thing is better: Old books release what are known as volatile organic compounds that result in the smell of the pages.

The lead scientist described the smell as ‘A combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness.’


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E-readers also contain VOCs, but not many that you really want anywhere near your nose, or for that matter, your nervous system.

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