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Subject: Smelly books...
Date Posted: 7/16/2008 3:12 PM ET
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I'm pretty new and I've gotten several books which smell funky.  I'm not sure if it's smoking or mildew or what, but almost half of my books STINK.  One smelled so badly I had to throw it away, wash my hands and change my clothes.  I don't consider myself a very picky person, but what good is a book you can't stand to be near.  What do you do?

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 3:22 PM ET
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Books are bound to have smells, so I just get over it, lol  - paper is porous and apt to absorb smells from all kinds of sources, from the printer to the mail truck. 

Some people air them out for a couple days.  Some put them in an airtight bag, like a ziploc, with an fabric softener sheet, a little kitty litter or a little baking soda. 

A lot of recent kids' book have a rather unfortunate scent to them, which seems to be the bindery's fault... it's sad when a brand new book smells gross. 

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 4:13 PM ET
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please do not use the dryer sheets because then people with allergies won't be able to stand the smell of your books...that is almost worse than the funky smell.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 4:16 PM ET
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A little OT, but does anyone know how to keep your books from getting that musty smell?? I have over 600 books on my bookshelves and I am terrified that they are going to start smelling musty. 

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 4:39 PM ET
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There was a thread with a number of good suggestions for "de-stinking" books here: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=122249  Ditto on the dryer sheets -- it creates asthma issues for a number of members.

<<A little OT, but does anyone know how to keep your books from getting that musty smell?? I have over 600 books on my bookshelves and I am terrified that they are going to start smelling musty. >>

Try to be sure the area you are keeping them in is low in humidity and has plenty of air circulation.  Depending on where you live, you may need to employ the use of a dehumidifier or fan.

Cheers,
Catt



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Date Posted: 7/16/2008 7:45 PM ET
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I'm guilty of sending out a stinky book last week. It was a stripper's memior; and it wouldn't surprise me if the person I originally got it from was an exotic dancer herself. The book reeked of perfume and smoke...2 common odors in strip clubs. I could actually smell it from across a room...more powerful than a Glade plug-in.

Should I have warned the requestor? I feel bad, but PBS doesn't warn about bad odors. Just watermarks and excessive tears/creases.

 

Subject: The Real Frank Zappa Book
Date Posted: 7/20/2008 11:53 AM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2008
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"The only times I've stopped smoking were when I had a cold. Once, when I got a chest cold in the middle of a tour, I stopped smoking- but then a funny thing happened: I noticed I could smell things I couldn't smell before. Some people would say that was terrific. I didn't like it. I didn't like the way things smelled".

-Frank Zappa, from The Real Frank Zappa Book

I have noticed in my personal experience that many of the people who complain about natural odors are the same ones who use "Air Fresheners", those products that are supposed to smell like a meadow full of wildflowers, but in actuality reek of the worst chemical plant in the Industrial Park.

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 1:35 PM ET
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I'd suggest (since I dont smoke) that you put baking soda in a small area and place your books beside it, just before you send em out.

Subject: and vinegar
Date Posted: 7/21/2008 12:09 AM ET
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Subject: I don't know about stinky, what about hairy?
Date Posted: 7/21/2008 11:27 AM ET
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I haven't had any particularly stinky books, but I did get a hairy one.  There was cat hair stuck in the tape, on the book, etc.  I am allergic to cats, but I never thought I'd get a book that would bother me.  I guess I was wrong!  I let it air out for a little while and read it without the dustjacket.