If you are serious about book collecting (and this applies, arguably, to new books even more than old books) the right environment is essential.
I've found that one of the best ways to keep an eye on the environmental conditions is to buy a combined thermometer and humidity monitor such as the one to the right (which can be bought from eBay).
Modern books, perhaps surprisingly, appear to be more susceptible to damage than older books so do not make the mistake of thinking that only older books need protecting
The British Library has an excellent guide to the basics which can be found here.
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