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Old 09-25-2009, 12:15 AM   #1
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Another blog post about the smell of "real books"

Here's yet another blog post about the evils of ebooks ...

okay, I'm exaggerating a little, but this rhetoric gets old.

(And forgive me if this was already posted...I tried searching by a few of the key words and didn't come up with anything).
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:22 AM   #2
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I don't think the 'small' of books is all that fabulous Most of mine either don't smell like much of anything, or they do smell, kind of musty and damp-ish. Certainly the pocket book kind of paperbacks, often that paper does not age well. The 'smell' of real books is hardly a selling point for me.
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:26 AM   #3
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Mmmm, I get a little grumpy with these sort of arguments too. My primary interest in books is the story/information. That's what I want. The smell, the 'experience' ... meh, whatever. On the bright side, it's good to know that there'll be people lining up to buy my books when I replace them with ebooks...
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Old 09-25-2009, 12:45 AM   #4
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I actually had one that smelled horrible the other day - it was new - something to do with the ink used in the graphics maybe. Non-fiction, so I dumped it on the floor under the couch to hopefully destinkify. Unreadable like that.
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:29 AM   #5
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I actually had one that smelled horrible the other day - it was new - something to do with the ink used in the graphics maybe. Non-fiction, so I dumped it on the floor under the couch to hopefully destinkify. Unreadable like that.
I am not completely sure if that is a joke, but either way I loved it!

Paper books stink with the smell of dead trees! eBooks have the lovely scent of ozone and millions of tiny microcapsules working in cohesive harmony and cooperative love!
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:33 AM   #6
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I actually had one that smelled horrible the other day - it was new - something to do with the ink used in the graphics maybe. Non-fiction, so I dumped it on the floor under the couch to hopefully destinkify. Unreadable like that.
And the distinction between non fiction smelly paper books and fiction smelly paper books is a subtle, perplexing, but masterful stroke!
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:56 AM   #7
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I do love the smell of books, but since I have a ton of stranges allergies, it happens that sometimes I can't read some tome. This said, these days it's quite hard to have paper books that smell nice... much better an ebook
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:03 AM   #8
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Yeah, yeah, yeah... How many people will buy one edition of a pbook instead of another based on the smell?
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:06 AM   #9
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I miss the whole visceral experience of reading scrolls. Damn the paper book for doing away with the scroll!
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:08 AM   #10
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"How does he smell?!"

"Actually, since switching to e-books, he doesn't need to."
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:09 AM   #11
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I miss the whole visceral experience of reading scrolls. Damn the paper book for doing away with the scroll!
I miss the smell of parchment. That's really nice. Paper? A cheap substitute
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:35 AM   #12
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Absolutely. We want to read from dead sheep, not dead trees.
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I miss the smell of stone tablets... especially damp ones. It's better than technology today, you can read in the bath, and if you drop it you don't need to buy a new tablet. Just a new bath and maybe new legs.

All those poor chisellers out of work as well. Nobody thinks of them!
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:40 AM   #14
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Absolutely. We want to read from dead sheep, not dead trees.
Well, really, who needs sheeps OR trees anyway ?
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Yes, books smell. Some books have really different smells. The inks or paper or something. In one case the smell of a particular book reminds me of the store I bought it in. That said, smelly books are overrated.

Given the troubles I've been having with allergies and sinuses this past couple years I think getting away from the smell of books is a pretty good idea. I just want to read.
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