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why don't libraries smell like bookstores ?


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pamela mcglynn
answered 2020-03-31 16:54:32

i assume you’re referring to the difference between the glorious mustiness of a library and the glorious plasticy newness of a bookstore. that’s probably due to the fact that as paper ages, the cellulose within it decays, letting off that sweet, sweet book smell. bookstore books haven’t had as much time to decay (unless it’s a used bookstore), leading to that different smell.

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anonymous

2020-10-19 03:27:05

just let people comment and shut your mouth
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the redneck girl

2020-11-11 19:40:17

stop being mean if u think your so perfect what u doing on here?
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the redneck girl

2020-11-14 15:45:16

haha
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the redneck girl

2020-11-16 15:54:21

we polish dude
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billie panic

2020-12-07 17:39:28

your answer is intelligent. that’s why it is number 1.  i’m sorry that ignorant people seem to loath common sense and correct information.
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josiah harding

2020-12-28 22:11:53

don’t listen to him pamela that anonymous kid
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cayden sommer

2021-01-11 17:01:42

wow pamela, that's interesting. thank you.
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momo yaoyorozu

2021-01-25 17:24:35

dear random guy who made the first comment... f u c k  off
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halima awan

2021-01-26 11:10:10

between the glorious mustiness of a library and the glorious plasticy newness of a bookstore. that’s probably due to the fact that as paper ages, the cellulose within it decays, letting off that sweet, sweet book smell. 
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halima awan

2021-01-26 11:17:09

hi 
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loverschool

2021-01-26 15:02:34

ok soo who the bleep would ask that dumb question 
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tanha sajjad tanha sajjad

2021-01-27 12:27:33

why
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david jackson

2021-01-30 19:11:59

what if it's a dental bookstore?
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faithlife

2021-02-12 01:34:00

can u plz shut tf up
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samuel ogba

2021-02-20 11:00:42

wow that's nice 
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fridge juice

2021-03-01 09:58:29

because librarians smoke book pages and so do book store people you get me 
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fridge juice

2021-03-01 09:59:26

its fine what sort of name is anonymous im kidding by the way this person sounds like i right prick
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blue mermaid sis

2021-03-08 17:32:45

hello i don’t care that u make fun of me cause there are a lot of people who are actually nice and for those who didn’t say bad words in these comments thank u all for trying to be respectful and whoever asked the question in the first place is because th
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blue mermaid sis

2021-03-08 17:35:58

ey want to learn about the world and asking questions is good. and for u anonymous ur just making fun of ur self cause u are showing that ur parents have raised u badly and not only embarrassing urself but ur bad parents for the holy lord will not bless u
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blue mermaid sis

2021-03-08 17:37:42

and from ur “so precious life” will go down hill answer this be nice for life, or... die and go to hell
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comédia selvagem 02

2021-03-10 01:28:01

porque os livros em uma livraria são novos, enquanto os livros da biblioteca foram usados espero que ajude
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samuel perez

2021-03-16 02:22:07

ht tps : / /ya zing. co m/d ea ls/b lue hos t/sa mu el03 para mas informacion,buenas ofertas (une el link para obtener buenas ofertas)
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atharva patil

2021-03-16 14:22:41

i also agree with that, anonymous. but check your name too. what type of rubbish name is that?
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eleanor

2021-03-17 17:54:32

i like your name it is beautiful.
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dylan petrsen

2021-03-18 14:03:43

pamela, ignore the other responses, i read them and they aren't nice, thanks for the information
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sarpong daniel

2021-03-19 02:06:52

convert this into kilogram 500g
what the best hoisting site?
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arianna pysadee

2021-03-24 13:45:15

thanks
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cookiecat46

2021-03-24 14:56:45

can u not please
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cookiecat46

2021-03-24 14:57:09

that is not nice and it y ur life is bad.
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cookiecat46

2021-03-24 15:01:00

anonymous is a weird name. u r probably a middle boy that just got a anonymous mask lol.
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cookiecat46

2021-03-24 15:02:39

anonymous is dum name. u r prob a middle boy that is on answers making himself feel better
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mensfashionguide mfg

2021-03-28 15:04:58

as a book ages, the chemical compounds used—the glue, the paper, the ink–begin to break down. and, as they do, they release volatile compounds—the source of the smell. ... as it breaks down, the lignin grants old books that faint vanilla scent.”
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olivia davies

2021-03-29 17:10:53

to whoever said this... "u have the most stupid name. pamela. what kind of name is that. oh i know the name i gave ur mums vagigi last night" shut the frick up mother sucker
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betsy faulman

2021-03-30 01:29:15

why do u smell bookstores, is it ur only peronality triait?
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the midnight talk with sami

2021-03-31 11:22:25

it's a lovely question, and austin macauley publishers has combined both at austinmacauley.ae
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amaiya jackson

2021-04-05 18:44:37

anonymous the name pamela is actually a famous name. used by pamela a tv actress, model, youtube star, tik tok star, movie star, voica actress, and more. so who name is stupid? hm. come again.
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amaiya jackson

2021-04-05 18:57:07

and if you don't have anything nice to say. don't say nothing at all. if you don't your name "kyle" then just say it. 🤷🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-06 16:18:01

hey guys, please show some respect for others, pamela was trying to help you'll to understand the answer to the question. please stop saying swear words because it does not make you cool. and thanks to all those who appreciate pamela's respond respond.
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-06 16:21:55

and thank you so much pamela mcglynn for sharing your answer. and anonymous, thanks for commenting but don't comment in a rude way or disrespectful way.
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-06 16:24:45

and dear anonymous, please comment according to the subject, because all you're doing is just filling up the comment box with garbage and debris, thanks sweety.
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-06 16:33:14

and pamela is a very beautiful name. and i doubt that anyone would ever want to be name anonymous cuz i don't think it's a very actractive name.
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aaron hill

2021-04-08 14:49:17

anonymous why are you being a dumb head
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veda allender

2021-04-08 15:36:02

stop being mean like dude
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veda allender

2021-04-08 15:36:10

her nam is not bad
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ian simpson

2021-04-11 09:29:00

to the coward who hides behind the ‘anonymous’ label would you like a punch in the face?
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ian simpson

2021-04-11 09:34:20

just holding and reading a physical book is something that can never be replaced by ‘e’ books. libraries, charity shops & bookstores are more essential than pubs and restaurants!!!
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john climer

2021-04-13 19:18:28

that's interesting!
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john climer

2021-04-13 20:35:59

so many bad comments on this answer. i think its a good answer.
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valerie g. juan

2021-04-20 02:50:21

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courtnat

2021-04-21 18:04:55

dear anonymous and the redneck girl shush
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amare booker

2021-04-26 23:26:40

to be honest i don't understand why ?

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leloni kettles
answered 2020-10-16 16:52:34

easy because libraries are old and decript since thounds upon thousands of musty people touched those books and bookstores there just magical clean non-touched books and the smell of new paper and plastic duhhh!

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leloni kettles

2020-10-16 16:53:06

i meant thousands
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billie panic

2020-12-07 17:32:56

plastic??? it is the same reason that freshly cut wood has that smell, yet if it sits for a few weeks it loses that smell.  it’s just fresh cellulose you are smelling.  always better to close mouth when one lacks knowledge. or did you mean to sound dumb?
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loverschool

2021-02-03 17:42:56

umm she gave the best answer of all ppl now im sorry mister panic but that was just rude to say
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rexxxxxxxxxxxxx

2021-02-08 09:44:29

best answer
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ugly weeb

2021-02-11 20:52:58

actually those books at the bookstores that you havent been touched have they dont restock or clean the books after they close the store and they never take those books and 
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ugly weeb

2021-02-11 20:53:06

cont. 
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ugly weeb

2021-02-11 20:54:02

cont.                                                       donate them till some more popular book comes in or the books have been vandalized.
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john edwards

2021-03-11 00:18:31

books are made of organic material, and libraries have very old books. organic materials age quicker. even if they are in good condition without any mold/mildew, in some ways these old books will age and give off a smell. plus, libraries have more dust.
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-08 17:52:31

ok, i love your answer, it's funny and a little be skepticle but great answer.
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rachel allison

2021-04-29 15:32:21

this is hilarious, i wouldnt know why someone would ask this question anyway.

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haleema fiaz
answered 2020-12-06 16:42:19

a book in any format may read the same, but it seems there’s something about the smell of print that e-books just can’t capture—for now.

earlier this summer, new york times tech blogger nick bilton wrote about wandering into a west village bookstore on a visit to new york:

“i immediately felt a sense of nostalgia that i haven’t felt in a long time. the scent of physical books—the paper, the ink, the glue—can conjure up memories of a summer day spent reading on a beach, a fall afternoon in a coffee shop, or an overstuffed chair by a fireplace as rain patters on a windowsill.”

but amidst this nostalgic reverie, he considers the advantages of e-books: their search functionality, ease of transport, the ability to share favorite passages with friends. he leaves the bookstore without buying anything.

yet for some, the added conveniences of electronic books can never make up for the loss of the physical experience of reading a print book. the author ray bradbury famously was never a fan of e-books:

“those aren’t books. . . . a computer does not smell. there are two perfumes to a book. if a book is new, it smells great. if a book is old, it smells even better. it smells like ancient egypt . a book has got to smell.”

according to bradbury, e-books themselves “smell like burned fuel.”

though none were as caustic as bradbury, one of the things that struck me in the responses of our online panel was the ambivalence of these avid readers (and e-book borrowers) toward the rise of e-books. many echoed the same thought: “nothing can replace the feel and smell of a physical book.”

as another panelist explained:

“i thoroughly enjoy reading from my kindle. i am honestly surprised because i am an absolute bibliophile. i love the touch, the smell, everything about a paper book. i would find it shameful if paper books were not longer published or made available. for me, my e-reader will never take the place of a paper book, but it does have its own niche.”

however, some patrons noted the downside of the “used book smell.” one wrote:

“i’ve always been a book lover, but not having to deal with dirty, smelly, broken books is really nice. instead of borrowing [print] books from the library, i’ll buy the e-book if the library’s e-book isn’t available.”

another said that she doesn’t even borrow print books from the library because she is allergic to perfume, “and the physical books are usually smelly. e-books, on the other hand, have no odor.”

in fact, one patron felt that having fewer books at the library made the library more conducive to reading:

“i like that the libraries are not as cluttered with old smelly books now that the computers and e-book formats are around. it makes the libraries feel less like old bookstores and more like a living room waiting for readers to sit down and read.”

finally, the results of our national survey indicate that while the lack of a “good book smell” is not a deal-breaker for most readers, it’s certainly not irrelevant.

when we asked readers what they like most about reading books, they gave a variety of responses. many mentioned the joys of learning, entertainment, or relaxation, but a few (2%) said the physical properties of books—their feel and smell—was their favorite part of reading. and among americans who don’t currently own an e-reader (like a kindle or nook), about 16% said the main reason is that they just prefer print books in general.

though e-book readers clearly prefer e-books to print in many situations, they may not need to sacrifice all the tactile pleasure of the printed page. in fact, nostalgic e-book readers can now recapture that new- or old-book scent with perfumes such as in the library and paper passion (shown at top). and for the budget reader, smell of books™ claims to offer an “aerosol e-book enhancer,” available in scents ranging from its “new book smell” and “classic musty smell” (shown below) to “crunchy bacon scent.” note—unlike the perfumes mentioned above, this product appears to be tongue-in-cheek.

i’ll close with the words of an online panelist who described her own internal compromise between the pleasures of print and the ease of e-books. “the joy of smelling turning pages can’t be matched by an e-book, but the joy of the story from an e-book can turn someone into a physical book reader,” she said. “and the more we read the better we all are.”

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josiah harding

2020-12-28 22:19:28

cool
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josiah harding

2020-12-28 22:19:41

i used google translate
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devildogogamer

2021-01-11 09:44:37

why so long??
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carmen quinones

2021-01-12 18:24:07

exactly why so long!?
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grayson west

2021-01-15 20:36:28

 chill like get a life you just randomly have the urge to write a essay????
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eal

2021-01-18 18:47:21

this does not answer the question and is long
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thatonefangirl

2021-01-20 16:15:28

my lazy butt: *doesn't even heckin read it bc... just no*
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loverschool

2021-01-26 15:04:55

why soo long 
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sanandi banerjee

2021-01-29 20:39:25

did it take you 10 years to write this?
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amari henry

2021-01-30 23:55:03

why did u do this why why why ;-;
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ugly weeb

2021-02-11 20:44:46

why was this answer so long tho
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melody montoya

2021-02-17 00:05:46

19 paragraphs...
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jack flash

2021-03-06 13:26:07

wow
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blue mermaid sis

2021-03-08 17:40:50

print all this and give it to ur teacher i bet she will give extra credit for such an essay
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chris peasley

2021-03-18 06:01:23

i love books and the worst smell is the city library full of homeless people who have their own autobiography of smells!
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nepthune

2021-03-19 18:07:01

the question wasn't that deep lmfao
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-08 17:48:09

ok guys, i never ever want to be the bad girl or a girl that judge others, but, why so long? i eman it's very detailed, but it's quite long, good essay though. but as a writer, you must always keep it sweet and simple.

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abdullahi shu,aibu
answered 2020-12-07 10:17:31

as a book ages, the chemical compounds used—the glue, the paper, the ink–begin to break down. and, as they do, they release volatile compounds—the source of the smell. ... to wit, witness kerry mansfield's “expired,” a series whose substance is the physicality of discarded and withdrawn library books.

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dreamyxangles

2020-12-10 00:24:34

yeah i agree
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josiah harding

2020-12-28 22:16:25

niceeeee your smartttt
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josiah harding

2020-12-28 22:16:35

for real
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grayson west

2021-01-15 20:37:10

its called booksweat

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spectrer5
answered 2020-10-29 18:28:47

because books at a bookstore are new while library books have been used

hope it helps

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josiah harding

2020-12-28 22:20:25

thanks holmez
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hailey jennings

2021-01-13 21:02:12

not true
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ugly weeb

2021-02-11 20:45:47

love how this answer is so short 
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melody montoya

2021-02-17 00:06:56

this is literally the most strait forward and easiest to understand answer
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nick hall

2021-02-25 20:15:32

thanks holmez
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yogan martínes

2021-04-05 19:29:33

hello
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-08 17:54:44

thanks, that was very short, and made me understand it easily. good job. because, for soem reasons people just babble on and on.

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fuey manchoo
answered 2020-04-10 17:02:36

because only old people read books, so libraries smell like old people.

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anonymous

2020-10-19 03:28:55

i never knew my grandparents arnt old...
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anonymous

2020-10-19 03:29:42

and i never knew being 21 is classified as old...
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the redneck girl

2020-11-11 20:16:31

bruh im not old
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questionboy

2020-11-18 21:39:49

but bookstores have books
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questionboy

2020-11-18 21:39:54

lol
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regina sacramento

2020-11-20 08:09:31

...
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livv

2020-12-13 16:29:15

i have 3 problems with this response kay? 1. i am literally 13 and i have my own mini bookshelf thing going on in my room. you may say to that "well thats just you cause you're weird" uhm no i know people who read diligently and enjoy it. 
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livv

2020-12-13 16:31:55

2. if anything old people dont read cause their eyeballs are slowly deteriorating and they cant see lol. also, please define "old people"? i dont consider myself old but maybe you're like 9 and  you have no understanding of the importance of literature.
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livv

2020-12-13 16:33:15

3. why are you making yourself look dumb? you are literally saying this on the internet everyone can see it. if you think only old people read you are immature or trying to look cool and hardcore failing based on these responses. i hope this helped -_-
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livv

2020-12-13 16:38:21

get a life geez stop playing roblox and grab a book. if you don't like reading you haven't read the right book. newsflash you are not cool, this does not make you look good like at all everyone is genuinely confused. educated people read, ig u aren't lol
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josiah harding

2020-12-28 22:13:53

wise people read books, such as elon musk- owner of tesla,  bill gates- chairman of microsoft, i bet you own a microsoft computer. 
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josiah harding

2020-12-28 22:15:12

nice one livv
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josiah harding

2020-12-28 22:15:31

you are smart livv
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carmen quinones

2021-01-12 18:23:09

oh my....... * my grandparents reading this and they be like, back in my dayyy........ we ain't have any bookstores and we only had libaries.*
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alexandra

2021-01-12 18:52:45

i am 11
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redditbbg

2021-01-25 10:49:28

i cant wait for someone to r/woooosh almost everyone here. pure gold
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a chipmunk

2021-01-25 17:38:40

i am 12 and i have probably read more books than all of you!
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a chipmunk

2021-01-25 17:38:41

i am 12 and i have probably read more books than all of you!
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a chipmunk

2021-01-25 17:39:24

not only old people read books!!! what is wrong with you!?!?!?!?
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juniper nykamp

2021-02-05 01:33:46

i'm 10 and i read like half the library! i'm sad that you think that, because you should see how many young people go to libraries like me.  
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ugly weeb

2021-02-11 20:47:16

fun. :/   (you cant tell but im being sarcastic 
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melody montoya

2021-02-17 00:11:38

i'd have to disagree, lots of people read books, old and young. also wouldn't that make bookstores smell like old people too?
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the cheeky cheeseburger

2021-03-02 21:19:25

hyfshdfiuhb guys he was pulling a funny. why y'all so mad. n young.......
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dylan petrsen

2021-03-18 14:06:18

obviously you have never touched a book in your life since you don't seem educated about society or anything that actually happens in life. don't cower behind a screen and actually go read a book
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-08 18:03:16

this offend me. i love books, i read books to gain knowledge. and here you r saying i'm old just because i read book? i'm 15, i'm in high school, and yet you call me old. i love books, you should probably read more books man.
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-08 18:06:22

i learned how to read since i was 4, my mom was my best tutor. she taught me how to read, and the first book i ever finished was the book of mormon.
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-08 18:08:50

and my mom was the one who introduced me into books, and the on i loved books. so don't say i am old, just because i read books.
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-08 18:10:20

but if you were trying to be funny, that's great, but this isn't funny to me.
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localintrovert

2021-04-16 17:40:46

hmmm. didn't know i was old. i guess 14 is considered old now??

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david jackson
answered 2020-04-07 01:56:21

they don't have that earth, minty smell of money.

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loverschool

2021-02-03 17:40:10

huh explain again 
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david jackson

2021-02-04 03:32:01

to clarify, libraries are really not in the business of making money by selling books. booksrores are. thus, the disparity.
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david jackson

2021-02-04 03:33:02

t do hope this helps, and that you understand that my initial post was meant as a joke?
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ugly weeb

2021-02-11 20:47:57

im con fused
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ugly weeb

2021-02-11 20:48:29

|:/
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-08 18:12:12

ya, lets be real.. he said he was being funny, so lets go with it people

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landon woelfel
answered 2020-10-13 17:04:58

because the libarie is a real place wear u can get books for free and book stors are okay

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lopilops

2020-11-20 10:22:33

*library *where *stores
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julia smith

2021-01-08 17:06:02

i like this comment it made me laugh

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navitha blogger
answered 2020-12-09 12:14:28

as a book age, the chemical compounds like glue, paper, ink begin to break down. and, as they do, they release volatile compounds the source of the smell.

this is the main reason for difference in smell.

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chloe nyamande

2021-02-15 16:19:10

werid

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halima awan
answered 2021-01-26 11:15:37

i assume you’re referring to the difference between the glorious mustiness of a library and the glorious plastic y newness of a bookstore. that’s probably due to the fact that as paper ages, the cellulose within it decays, letting off that sweet, sweet book smell. bookstore books haven’t had as much time to decay (unless it’s a used bookstore), leading to that different smell. fabletics creates premium activewear, yoga pants, fitness apparel, leggings, capris, joggers & more! fabletics' clothing inspires you to stay active, whether that means competing in competitions, sweating in the studio, or chasing after your kids. as a book age, the chemical compounds like glue, paper, ink begin to break down. and, as they do, they release volatile compounds the source of the smell.

this is the main reason for the difference in smell.

a book in any format may read the same, but it seems there’s something about the smell of print that e-books just can’t capture—for now.

earlier this summer, new york times tech blogger nick bilton wrote about wandering into a west village bookstore on a visit to new york:

“i immediately felt a sense of nostalgia that i haven’t felt in a long time. the scent of physical books—the paper, the ink, the glue—can conjure up memories of a summer day spent reading on a beach, a fall afternoon in a coffee shop, or an overstuffed chair by a fireplace as rain patters on a windowsill.”

but amidst this nostalgic reverie, he considers the advantages of e-books: their search functionality, ease of transport, the ability to share favourite passages with friends. he leaves the bookstore without buying anything.

yet for some, the added conveniences of electronic books can never make up for the loss of the physical experience of reading a print book. the author ray bradbury famously was never a fan of e-books:

“those aren’t books. . . . a computer does not smell. there are two perfumes to a book. if a book is new, it smells great. if a book is old, it smells even better. it smells like ancient egypt . a book has got to smell.”

however, some patrons noted the downside of the “used book smell.” one wrote:

“i’ve always been a book lover, but not having to deal with dirty, smelly, broken books is really nice. instead of borrowing [print] books from the library, i’ll buy the e-book if the library’s e-book isn’t available.”

another said that she doesn’t even borrow print books from the library because she is allergic to perfume, “and the physical books are usually smelly. e-books, on the other hand, have no odour.”

in fact, one patron felt that having fewer books at the library made the library more conducive to reading:

“i like that the libraries are not as cluttered with old smelly books now that the computers and e-book formats are around. it makes the libraries feel less like old bookstores and more like a living room waiting for readers to sit down and read.”

finally, the results of our national survey indicate that while the lack of a “good book smell” is not a deal-breaker for most readers, it’s certainly not irrelevant.

when we asked readers what they like most about reading books, they gave a variety of responses. many mentioned the joys of learning, entertainment, or relaxation, but a few (2%) said the physical properties of books—their feel and smell—was their favourite part of reading. and among americans who don’t currently own an e-reader (like a kindle or nook), about 16% said the main reason is that they just prefer print books in general.

though e-book readers clearly prefer e-books to print in many situations, they may not need to sacrifice all the tactile pleasure of the printed page. in fact, nostalgic e-book readers can now recapture that new- or old-book scent with perfumes such as in the library and paper passion (shown at top). and for the budget reader, smell of books™ claims to offer an “aerosol e-book enhancer,” available in scents ranging from its “new book smell” and “classic musty smell” (shown below) to “crunchy bacon scent.” note—unlike the perfumes mentioned above, this product appears to be tongue-in-cheek.

i’ll close with the words of an online panellist who described her own internal compromise between the pleasures of print and the ease of e-books. “the joy of smelling turning pages can’t be matched by an e-book, but the joy of the story from an e-book can turn someone into a physical book reader,” she said. “and the more we read the better we all are.”

easy because libraries are old and decrepit since thousands upon thousands of musty people touched those books and bookstores there just magical clean non-touched books and the smell of new paper and plastic duhhh!

because books at a bookstore are new while library books have been used

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halima awan

2021-01-26 11:16:29

thank u sooooo much i really needed that
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sanandi banerjee

2021-01-29 20:39:58

bruh... how long did it take you to write this?!?!
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loverschool

2021-02-01 17:20:39

soo... u just going to write this long answer and think we going to say thank you nobody got time for that u coulda explained in a way ppl understand no offense though 
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ugly weeb

2021-02-11 20:55:40

why soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo    long
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dave lawlis

2021-02-21 02:41:07

a burning fire in a fireplace, the smells of a beach (not to mention the ocean itself), or the smell of a coffee shop is going to vastly overpower the smell of a book. i miss printed books too, but i miss accurate journalism even more.
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halima awan

2021-02-22 13:35:23

i took a long time
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halima awan

2021-02-22 13:39:23

if you search quora there is me explaining all of my answer and i did not get offended by your message lovers school
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halima awan

2021-02-22 13:39:47

sos ugly web
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january

2021-02-27 19:39:52

bruh why you copyin others? :)
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john edwards

2021-03-11 00:21:32

bookstores have new books that have not aged/broken down at all. bookstores also often have coffee shops haha
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legend of lovely death

2021-04-08 18:15:41

gosh... another really long one. i'm impressed at how smart u guys r. but my tip i always give to people is: keep it sweet and simple. but nice detailed explanation.
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legend of lovely death

2021-05-10 15:07:22

um i hate to break this to everybody but this stranger freaking copied leloni kettles, like copied her one paragraph. that goes like this:
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legend of lovely death

2021-05-10 15:07:38

"easy because libraries are old and decrepit since thousands upon thousands of musty people touched those books and bookstores there just magical clean non-touched books and the smell of new paper and plastic duhhh!"

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