Wednesday, 25 February 2015

You've Got to Love that New Book Smell!

Repeat after me: I smell books. It is not weird. I am not weird. 

But why do some people (myself included) have a weird obsession with smelling books? Why is that musty dusty smell so enticing and why do they smell different to regular paper? This is one of the many mysteries of life. Like new car smell or new house smell (although that might just be the smell of paint...) it's a hard thing to pinpoint what exactly makes it so appealing. 

Apparently some people have been bothered enough to try and work this out - thanks to the Daily Mail

But chemistry is hard so that probably went over a lot of heads. 
Occasionally when you smell paper, people give you strange looks. I'm pretty sure that I've been judged by friends and strangers alike but *sorry* can't hear you over the smell.  Upon google-ing 'book smell' I have come across a strange new found thing. Yay technology has finally achieved something useful... ;) thoughtfully shared some cool nice smelling things so you can feel like you live in a library all the time! 

"Frostbeard Booklover’s Scented Soy Candles. A series of home scents ideal for every bibliophile, the one who reads print or electronic books. The four scents shown above are:
  • Old Books – inspired by the smell of old books: “a sweet, earthy smell with a hint of must.”
  • Bookstore – the scent is a cozy and sweet blend of earthy tones, with notes of timber, driftwood, and hazelnut cappuccino.
  • Book Cellar – with notes of dirt, basement, and vanilla bean, this candle smells like the cellar full of books.
  • Oxford Library – a refreshing blend of woodsy and earthy tones: oak moss, amber, sandalwood, with hints of tobacco and leather."

 I must say that I love the 'hint of dirt' that is included to get the authentic smell. And I'm pretty sure that this is a joke but 'Smell of Books' is available to anyone desperate enough to fall for this. 

"The smell of e-books just got better

Does your Kindle leave you feeling like there’s something missing from your reading experience?
Have you been avoiding e-books because they just don’t smell right?
If you’ve been hesitant to jump on the e-book bandwagon, you’re not alone. Book lovers everywhere have resisted digital books because they still don’t compare to the experience of reading a good old fashioned paper book.
But all of that is changing thanks to Smell of Books™, a revolutionary new aerosol e-book enhancer.
Now you can finally enjoy reading e-books without giving up the smell you love so much. With Smell of Books™ you can have the best of both worlds, the convenience of an e-book and the smell of your favorite paper book.
Smell of Books™ is compatible with a wide range of e-reading devices and e-book formats and is 100% DRM-compatible. Whether you read your e-books on a Kindle or a smartphone using your favorite reading app, Smell of Books™ brings back that real book smell you miss so much."

But in all seriousness, this is why paper books (real books be honest) can never die out! Because people are obsessed with the smell! You can't smell an e-book. Well you can but you're probably just smelling electricty or the sweet smell of chemicals. 

Really all I want to do is sit there

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