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What Exactly is That "Old Book" Smell?

Researchers study what makes books so good that we keep buying them, even in the age of e-reading.

[DIGEST: Popular Science, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American]

Not only does reading a book on a screen wreck your sleep, but it also deprives you of the experience of holding — and smelling — a real book. So many people report that the smell of a book is part of the pleasure of reading that book-scented candles and sprays are now available to recreate the aromatherapy element of the reading experience.

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