Can you make a video on how to identify moldy vs. non-moldy books?

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Sophia,

I buy books from used booksellers often, and also have a bookshelf that may be discoloring the bottom of some books.  Given that moldy books can ruin other books, I’d like to be able to identify moldy books.  I did a search on Reddit’s bookcollecting forum, and see that a few people have posted asking about particular books.  I see that in the “Book Emergencies” section, you have a lesson on how to treat a moldy book.

Would it be possible for you to make a lesson/video helping people identify what may be discoloration, foxing, inactive mold, active mold, etc. – and suggestions on how to deal with each?

Thank you!

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I am not an expert on mold and I would need some moldy books so it seems unlikely I will make such a video. Also, you could say that foxing is a kind of mold, so the distinctions that are really important are how quickly is it growing and spreading, and how toxic is it? Some molds will literally kill you. One of the keys is to knowing if it is a bad case of mold it to smear it with your finger (wearing a protective glove) or wipe it with a paper towel. If the color smears then it is moldy for sure. Mold is everywhere. Keep the environment stable with low humidity and good air circulation and it won't spread. Also, if it smells bad it is likely moldy but don't breathe in the mold spores!

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