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Optimum book storage: Put books on a shelf tall enough for them, and deep enough to leave air space behind, sitting upright, with books of similar size together. Locate the shelf away from the sun, and not against an outside wall, particularly an uninsulated one; in an air-conditioned or otherwise temperature-controlled room. If you MUST store your books in boxes, do so for only a short time; cardboard is acidic and will yellow your books very quickly.