One major downfall of e-books is that they have no book smell. I know I might sound crazy, but the typical bibliophile knows exactly what I am referring too. It is the first thing I do when I get a book - yes, I sniff it. Some may call it a habit, an obsession or even an anomaly, but I know I am not alone.
So when I was on 9GAG (yes, I do idle my life away sometimes) and saw the above post, I could not resist a chuckle. I wonder if there is some sort of scientific reasoning behind this action? Well, before science derives an answer I will always know why I do it. I do it because the smell is like a literary aphrodisiac. It makes me want to explore the books more. Wait, scrap that analogy it really sounds crazy.
I love holding my nose close to the pages, inhaling an aroma that not only intrigues me to read, but actually soothes me. It is like a comfort smell. The new book smell is one of my favorites. You smell the freshness of the glue, ink and paper. Sometimes the "old book smell" can be horrific, but the mustiness of the ink makes me wonder where the book has been, especially if it is an antique book. I guess it's a bookworm thing.
To make booksniffing seem even more queer to some, can you imagine that there is actually a "New Book Smell" spray? Its slogan is "AN AEROSOL E-BOOK ENHANCER". Pretty fitting, eh? I am not sure if it is genuine. Check it out right here.