This is a little OT, but I figure with a list of preservation experts, someone might know the
answer. Is it OK to bake a damp/musty-smelling hardcover book to dry it out? If so, is the "warm"
(about 130-150 degrees) setting in a conventional oven OK? If not, what's the recommended what to
dry it out. I bought some used books that had obviously been in the kind of basement that invites
sticky-shed with tapes. I can read 'em as is, but I'd sure like to be rid of that musty smell and
damp feeling to the pages. These books are non-valuable ($1 each), so I don't care if they get a
little warped, just want them intact to read (ie don't want to ruin the binding).
-- Tom Fine