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Title: Yellowing books
Post by: gavinfuzzy on May 23, 2012, 12:30:19 AM
So... I guess this is a problem for anyone who owns books the pages yellow and  gain brown specs over time. It happens in about a year I believe. Is there anyway to slow down this from happening? I keep my books in a cupboard, away from sunlight and this still happens :( Books look seriously ugly when they yellow.

The only book I own that has not yellowed is Transformers : The Ultimate Guide. It shows no sign of yellowing, and I've had it since 2007. It's printed on magazine/glossy type paper. Maybe books in the future should be printed on these material to prevent yellowing. It does not cost much more than regular paper too. 

So... any suggestions to combat yellowing books?  :)
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: Luna Lovegood on May 23, 2012, 01:01:44 AM
Yellowing all depends on the quality of paper they use, and some books are made with sucky paper, it's a fact of life. However, I have found that Hardbacks don't yellow as much as paper.
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: gavinfuzzy on May 23, 2012, 04:42:23 PM
Yellowing all depends on the quality of paper they use, and some books are made with sucky paper, it's a fact of life. However, I have found that Hardbacks don't yellow as much as paper.

Okay, hopefully Leviathan does not yellow...
My hardback Transformers:Exodus is not yellowed on the page itself, but when you close the book and look at the side, it's awfully yellow with brown spots.
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: Polandeer on June 26, 2012, 10:47:28 PM
Books with pictures don't yellow because they use the glossy paper. Something that will help is stuffing your bookshelf so the actual pages don't get much air.
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: gavinfuzzy on June 26, 2012, 11:19:20 PM
Books with pictures don't yellow because they use the glossy paper. Something that will help is stuffing your bookshelf so the actual pages don't get much air.

Yeah. I did that. Also, my bookshelf is enclosed. Good think? I would think so. Sunlight yellows stuff (1 side of my vintage Optimus Prime's trailer was yellowed since it was sitting on my shelf :( ). But some of my friends say exposing the books to sunlight will prevent yellowing.
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: Polandeer on June 26, 2012, 11:24:09 PM
It's the air that does it more. A vacuum would make it so that there is zero yellowing.
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: gavinfuzzy on June 26, 2012, 11:31:22 PM
Sooo.... Is it better to leave the cupboard open or closed?
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: Polandeer on June 26, 2012, 11:44:58 PM
I would say open. I have many books across from my window (I live in Florida, 30 degrees :) ) and none have yellowed (a few are paperback, 2005)
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: gavinfuzzy on June 27, 2012, 12:16:18 AM
I would say open. I have many books across from my window (I live in Florida, 30 degrees :) ) and none have yellowed (a few are paperback, 2005)

Err... Damn... I'm gonna have to unscrew the door then... Which leaves a mess of unsighly Nerf pieces visible under that shelf...  ;D

I own very little books, the only hardcovers are Transformers:Exodus, 3 Leviathan books, 3 The Hunchback Assignments, Mortal Engines.  :(
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: |ĸιrα| on June 27, 2012, 01:42:03 AM
All of my books are on a wall across from the window, and they are certainly not packed into the shelf. Only some have yellowed, though, and I've had most of them for quite a long time. But the sunlight doesn't really reach them, so perhaps if you had a spot where not much sun gets to them?
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: gavinfuzzy on June 27, 2012, 02:03:48 AM
All of my books are on a wall across from the window, and they are certainly not packed into the shelf. Only some have yellowed, though, and I've had most of them for quite a long time. But the sunlight doesn't really reach them, so perhaps if you had a spot where not much sun gets to them?


Yeah, like I said, they are currently in an enclosed cupboard... Sun's bright all year round here... I think it's 28 degrees on the average all year round.  ;D
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: gavinfuzzy on June 27, 2012, 02:11:21 AM
Here's how I got screwed over by the sun...

(http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/s480x480/540795_3753172840768_1623279245_n.jpg)

Apparently that is yellowed worse than majority of my books...  :(
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: Polandeer on June 27, 2012, 02:14:19 AM
Nice...
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: |ĸιrα| on June 27, 2012, 02:25:13 AM
Oh wow o:
yeah, the only really yellowed books I have are the ones that are over 50 years old...:D
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: gavinfuzzy on June 27, 2012, 02:40:40 AM
Technically Optimus's trailer is from 1984. But I only acquired it in 2008, in great condition.... FUUU!!! :(
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: |ĸιrα| on June 27, 2012, 03:00:18 AM
:c
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: TractionEra on June 27, 2012, 02:14:27 PM
I just checked my books, they're yellowing!  :'(
Luckily only my older paperbacks (5 years+) show major yellowing, but some of my older hardcover are starting to do so as well.
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: gavinfuzzy on June 27, 2012, 02:51:38 PM
Ehh I think weather plays a huge part too. It's really humid here, and the air is really moist... as compared to the western parts of the world... so yeah.
Title: Re: Yellowing books
Post by: Polandeer on June 27, 2012, 11:44:51 PM
Ehh I think weather plays a huge part too. It's really humid here, and the air is really moist... as compared to the western parts of the world... so yeah.
I live in Florida, humidity all year: 92% to 56%