Did you know that the harsh cold winter temperatures can affect the condition of your books? When the temperatures drop outside, chances are the thermostat in your home is going up. Although you would normally be on guard to protect your books against high humidity, the dry air inside of your home can affect the quality and condition of your books as well.
Dry air can transform your books into kindling for the fireplace. If you don’t want your pages to crumble and break when you touch them, you need to make sure that they are stored in a place that is at least room temperature. If you suspect that the air is dry in your home, invest in a humidifier to keep everything from drying out.
Keep your books away from direct sunlight. When your books are exposed or stored in an area that receives lots of sunlight, you risk premature fading and yellowing of the ink, pictures and the pages.
As much as you may enjoy reading your books while eating or taking a warm bath, remember moisture is not your books friend. If you can’t wait to catch up on your favorite chapter, consider placing your book in clear plastic baggy while reading it around water and moisture to protect it from accidentally getting wet.