Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Book Smell in a Can

Confession time, guys. How many of you can honestly say that you've never stuck your nose deep inside a brand new paperback and sniffed that great "new book" smell? Come on now, be honest. I'll readily admit that the smell of a new paperback book is almost as enticing as the smell of a new car for me - and it comes a whole lot cheaper.

With tongue-firmly-implanted-in-cheek, I bring to your attention a product I missed when it was introduced this past April 1. It's called "Smell of Books" and it comes in an aerosol spray can that's being marketed to all those new e-book readers out there. It comes in five scents, but I think that real bookworms will most enjoy either "New Book Smell" or "Classic Musty."

How can real readers possibly resist this sales pitch?
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 an iPhone using Stanza, Smell of Books™ will bring back that real book smell you miss so much.
Now, dear readers, for the bad news: You are already too late. "Smell of Books" was born on April 1, 2009 and as of June 10, 2009 is long, long gone.

Introducing the Smell of Books

Smell of Books Under Attack by Authors Guild

Smell of Books Recall Announced

(Sorry, I love this kind of thing and couldn't resist posting about it.)


  1. Pretty funny. I sure wouldn't have bought it but it was a fun post:)

  2. What's with the bacon smell? Do any books smell like bacon?!!!

  3. Only if you use a strip of bacon for a bookmark.

  4. They are missing stale cigarette smoke. From having worked at a library, I can say that it's a pretty common scent for borrowed books.

  5. I have cats but I don't think my books smell like cats. And ditto on the bacon comment. I guess if you read at the breakfast table, they might pick up the odor??

  6. I used to work in the Acquisitions department at an academic library. One of the things I had to do when I processed the new arrivals was check the books for any defects. As I fanned the pages, I noticed I'd sometimes get wafted with certain sents: tangerine (very common, actually), garlic, fish, etc. Always food scents, for some reason, so the bacon makes sense even if it wasn't for the bookmark story.

  7. These scents were all part of their April Fool joke, guys, but I don't understand some of them any more than y'all do. I thought this was one of the more clever jokes of the season and it appears to have taken quite a bit of work. Follow some of those links at the bottom of the post and you'll appreciate their efforts even more.

  8. I've wished I could throttle a few people, Library Girl, after bringing home a library book only to find that it stunk so bad I didn't dare open it in the house. I don't know how even smokers can ignore the fact that they stink.

  9. Too funny!! and I hear you Alissa..I work at a library too and the stale stench of cigarette smoke is disgusting!!