The other day I was moving books around in my bookshelf to try to make room for the ones scattered around my room. I decided to put in a box the ones that I don’t plan to keep (I may give them away to friends or here on the blog) so I can add the keepers inside the bookshelf. I noticed that I have several books that are turning yellow and several that have spots. I know I already posted about this a few months back and I did say that age brings more character to books but I can’t help but be bothered again! Some of the books that have yellow spots were ones that I bought only a few years ago, like in 2007 or 2008.
I keep my books inside a bookshelf with a glass panel and in a huge plastic box with a cover (the box is big, I can fit inside it) and I put a closet dehumidifier in each. I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing though because I Googled a bit and I found somewhere that yellow spots are caused by molds and they tend to multiply in still air, so now I wonder if it’s better to have an open bookshelf? Help! I guess the purpose of this post is to ask you guys your own experiences in keeping books and whether you have advice for me. If not, then it’s probably something that I have to accept as part of living in a very humid, tropical country.
I can’t help but remember my copy of The Changeover, which I got from Better World Books. It’s an old library hardcover and it’s older than I am because the book was published in 1984 but the condition of the book is still pretty good. No yellowing or anything like that. I assume it’s because it was kept in an air-conditioned area for most of its lifetime. Poor book, now destined to suffer the heat and humidity here with me.
So, thoughts? Ideas? Feel free to comment.