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5E strong smelling books


Thanks all. I've had the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus for months now and the smell hasn't lessened any. I'll try leaving it outside in a breeze, blowing a fan on it, and putting it in a container with some baking soda and let you know if any of those things work!

The Wildemount book I only picked up two days ago. It's not quite as strong as the other one but it's still strong enough to give me a headache after a while. If any of the above methods work for the BG book, I'll use that for the Wildemount book too.

Or maybe I'll try one with one book and another with the other book at the same time!
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Heretic of The Seventh Circle
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.
Coffee grounds, alternatively, can work.

or just ask for a swap from wotc

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Всем привет,

Мои копии Врат Балдура: Спуск в Авернус и Руководство проводника по Уайлдмаунту имеют сильный химический запах, когда я их открываю. Сначала я думал, что это чернила, но теперь я думаю, что это может быть из-за клея в креплениях. Она настолько сильна, что я не могу читать ни одну книгу более нескольких минут без головной боли. Ни одна из моих других 5e книг не пахнет так.

Просто любопытно узнать, сталкивался ли кто-то еще с этим, или я один такой?

It seems to me that it could be the smell of mold. Since the book may be in a damp place.

Mike Myler

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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?


Got a supplement coming to BED soon too (ordering the proof this week with a handful of books for other things)


What I do (though normally for older books that have been exposed to dampness or cigarette smoke) is use dryer sheets. You use about 1/3 of a sheet between pages. Use about two sheets total. Cut them around lengthwise into 6 strips. Place one strip on the inside covers in the front and back (so that's two strips), and then place the rest of them equally through the book as close to the spine as possible in between the pages.

The sheets should absorb any smells or other particles (though your books will smell like the dryer sheets for a while after that instead).

The benefit to this is that you get it in between the book and you do not break the spine. Baking Soda will remove the smell, but if the book is closed, it will not be able to get it from inside the book covers, where a majority of the smell comes from. In order to do this, you either need to have the book wide open (which can hurt the spine over time), or actually put Baking Soda in it (which also is bad for the book).

If you want, you can put the dryer sheets in the method above, but then also put the book itself in a container with the baking soda (but keeping the powder from touching the book, unless you like dusty books and such).


Just an update: my BG and Wildemount books still reek. My Theros book smells a little bit but nowhere near as bad. My newest book, Rime of the Frostmaiden, doesn’t smell at all.

I’m also fairly certain it’s the glue in the bindings, not the ink.

I wonder if maybe there’s been a bit of an over-correction with extra binding glue to account for the early books that didn’t have enough and were falling apart.

Jd Smith1

Check where it was printed. Printers in China and the Baltic states cut lots of corners; the use of basic formaldehyde-based glues is not uncommon, and would explain the horrible smell.

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