Books and Humidity

For the longest time, I’ve been wondering how to prevent the pages of a book from turning yellow as it gets old. I thought that the yellowing of the book is because of the humidity and that if I kept my books inside bookshelves with glass panels, they’ll be relatively safe. But that’s not exactly the case. Books kept in bookshelves age slower than books kept in bookshelves without panels but they still get old.

So I searched in Google on how books should be treated in humid areas and some websites that came up mention the use of a dehumidifier. Hmm I know that we sometimes put dehumidifier inside closets. Maybe I can do that with my bookshelves too.

One of the sites that I found actually has a funny tip: Buy two books – one for reading and one for collection. I actually have two copies of a couple of books but that’s because I keep one copy for myself for rereading and the other copy is for lending.

Anyway, I realize that it’s hard to worry too much about books and that no matter what happens, they will get old. As long as I do what I can to take care of my books (i.e. cover paperbacks in plastic, use bookmarks to prevent dog ears), I won’t worry too much about things that I can’t control. Besides, age gives books more character.