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5E strong smelling books

pukunui

Hero
Hi all,

My copies of Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus and Explorer's Guide to Wildemount both have a strong chemical odor when I open them. It first I thought it was the ink, but now I'm thinking it might actually be coming from the glue in the bindings. It's so strong that I can't read either book for more than a few minutes without getting a headache. None of my other 5e books smell like this.

Just curious to know if anyone else has experienced this, or am I the only one?
 

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Ash Mantle

Adventurer
Hi all,

My copies of Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus and Explorer's Guide to Wildemount both have a strong chemical odor when I open them. It first I thought it was the ink, but now I'm thinking it might actually be coming from the glue in the bindings. It's so strong that I can't read either book for more than a few minutes without getting a headache. None of my other 5e books smell like this.

Just curious to know if anyone else has experienced this, or am I the only one?
Yeah, I've experienced this as well, and like you say the smell seems stronger in certain books, it's Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus and Ghosts of Saltmarsh for me, and it also gives me headaches if I read these books for too long. These seem to smell like "sourness that has gone off" is the closest I can describe it, and seems to be coming from the binding, or the pages themselves, or possibly the ink, or even all of that. Hopefully Theros doesn't have this strong chemical odour!
 


jgsugden

Legend
Not somethig I've noticed. You might try taking the books outside standing them up in an open position and blowin a fan across them for a few hours to see if it lessens the situation.
 

pukunui

Hero
Not somethig I've noticed. You might try taking the books outside standing them up in an open position and blowin a fan across them for a few hours to see if it lessens the situation.
I haven’t tried a fan but I did leave the Descent book open for the better part of a day. Didn’t really help.
 

NotAYakk

Legend
Place the covers at 90 degrees to each other, with the spine going up and down.

Aim a fan at it, maybe from behind (ideally above, aiming down) the covers so not to push the pages too flat.

That might air it out better than just leaving it open.
 


One way to decrease the smell is to take a plastic container with a lid, put a layer of kitty litter in the bottom, open the book and put it in, and then put the lid on (something airtight is best). Leave it that way for a couple of weeks, periodically opening it up and flipping some of the pages. I have used that method successfully before.
 


sim-h

Explorer
I had it with Tomb of Annihilation - but none of the others! ToA still smells faintly after a couple of years, but doesn't bother me any more.
 


jgsugden

Legend
I haven’t tried a fan but I did leave the Descent book open for the better part of a day. Didn’t really help.
Outside? The ventilation helps with thing slike these.
My copy of The Book of Exalted Darkness smells like fear, spoiled meat, and the tears of lost children. Is that the same sort of problem do you think?
You Exalt Darkness? Don't find it Vile? Regardless, I found that if I fed my copy of the Necronomicon it ironically stopped smelling like the spoiled meat of crying children.
 

Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
Outside? The ventilation helps with thing slike these.
You Exalt Darkness? Don't find it Vile? Regardless, I found that if I fed my copy of the Necronomicon it ironically stopped smelling like the spoiled meat of crying children.
I'm talking about Myler's Exalted Darkness. My darkness is actually also Vile. That hardback lives on my desktop, close to my heart. The one I keep in a glass jar.
 





My dad was a bookbinder, and yeah the chemicals used can be a bit abrasive. Just like new car smell, it usually wears off over time with ventilation. Occasionally the glue can get a contaminant in it that holds a particularly foul smell for much longer. My dad said to put it in a container with an open box of baking soda, like they used to with refrigerators, and it should help the smell break down (or maybe the baking soda just covers up the smell).
 


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