Hate the smell of old books? I do. It makes me sneeze non-stop! So when I heard that talcum powder does the trick, I did it to my old books. Here’s how you should do it: Sprinkle talcum powder between the pages of the book, then wrap each book in a small paper bag and store for a few months. The talc will absorb stale smells while the bag collects odor-causing moisture. When you take it out of the wrapper, brush off the powder and your favorite reads will smell like new again.