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I Smell Books

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    A Scent That Can't Be Replaced

    I work in IT Support.  (Yes, yes, I know.  An English major employed as a techie.  Go ahead and laugh.  I'll write you into a novel someday and you won't be a protagonist.  LOL! )  Seriously, though, I work in IT Support, and this relevant...
    WildMagic WildMagic 26-30, F Sep 10, 2010

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    :D

    The smell is just so addictive, is that possible? To be addicted to a smell? Anyway, especially text books at school. What is it about the books that makes them smell so nice? Some kind of chemical in the print?
    CleoShilu CleoShilu 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 8, 2008

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    I Love To Smell Books

    I love to smell anything really...I used to smell anything right after I picked it up! Got made fun of enough that I quit. I still smell magazines, books, notebook paper and fresh ink on a page.....I am a writer so I guess that makes sense...Just so glad I'm not the only Nasal...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 10, 2010

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    I Wish I Could Smell A Book

    I love books and often wished I could smell them. Some I get a whiff every now and then. I have hyponosmia, which is a limited sense of smell. Anosmia is a total lack sense of smell. I have worked in two bookstores and two librarys. I always get wistful someone says they...
    Skootergirl Skootergirl 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 8, 2012

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    I Love

    the smell of certain books more than others I could smell the antique books of poetry in my grandparents' house for hours sometimes I wonder if I get high off the scent it's a combination of must and dust and aging, yellowed paper. some of my favorite books, the ones I read...
    forgetmyname forgetmyname 16-17, F Feb 2, 2008

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    Yay Book Smells

    I love the smell of books, new and old...regardless of bookworminess...;) I love them. Though I think I might be allergic to the new glue they use now or something...it makes my eyes burn.
    LylaRocks LylaRocks 26-30, F May 7, 2012

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    Library Books

    The books in my college library are all so out of date that there's no point using them for actual research. So I just check them out for the smell.
    VolensVivarium VolensVivarium 19-21, F 4 Responses Feb 26, 2008

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    Sometimes I Don't Like It...

     I love smelling books haha! It's just entertaining =) You can perceive a variety of smells, some are okay, good or other can make you sniffle, and you start sneezing, because you are allergic to some of the smells. That's the part that I don't like of smelling books...
    chumis chumis 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 27, 2009

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    One Thing I've Noticed...

    There's a great scene in Buffy the Vampire Slayer where Giles and another teacher are talking about which is better; books or computers, and he says, "Books...smell. Old, musty...knowledge." I know exactly what that means. I smell books as soon as I get them. It smells...
    readnwritewithwine readnwritewithwine 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 2, 2007

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    Books, cards, paper, ink.

    These smells fill me with a profound inner peace. I never feel lonely with a book in my hands or a new set of trading cards. Clean new books are device. Loved old books are mysterious. Dirty books make me cry sometimes.
    RinMillion RinMillion 22-25 1 Response Jan 20

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    Old Books

    I used to shelve books in a ilbrary when I was in high school. We had some books from the 1880s that were still on the shelves and I'll admit I sniffed them a few times. Old books and brand new books smell the best.
    the4thfury the4thfury 21-25, F 3 Responses Jul 19, 2007

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    I Smell Books Too

    I used to do it more when I was a kid. I don't so much like the smell of old books though. I also like the smell of money and horses.
    BloomsburyLover BloomsburyLover 51-55 Feb 19, 2013

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    Not Books Per Se

    My family used to get National Geographic magazine, they had every issue from about 1970 onward, but my favorites were the newest ones, because they had beautiful pictures and they smelled so good. Every time a new Natl. Geographic would arrive, I would flip through it, and every...
    Christabel Christabel 19-21, F 1 Response Sep 23, 2007

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    Guide to Gardening

    I live in an apartment, and have no interest in growing anything. I picked this up at my library's used book sale just because it was about 50 years old and smelled like sun-warmed dirt. Someone definitely had that thing outside. It smells delightful.
    BookNerd BookNerd 22-25, F Feb 28, 2008

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    Red Dwarf...

    Have you seen the BBC TV show "Red Dwarf"? In the show there was a race of cat people... and they made books... and to read them you had to smell the words...
    lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 1 Response Aug 6, 2010

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    I Do, Indeed.

    Every book has a unique scent.  Some smell old, and some smell new.  I personally enjoy the scent of old books more than the smell of new books.  New books can smell bad, or good, it depends.  I think newspapers smell the best, though.  They should have a...
    BBUDS BBUDS 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 10, 2010

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    Since Young

    I've been doing that since I've got better at reading. Whenever I visit the library I'll borrow books and go back to smell them. I like the smell of the pages as I flip through the books. Children's books smell better than adult fiction. I guess it's the different types of paper...
    gohjohan gohjohan 31-35, M Feb 18, 2008

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    Sniff + Whiff = ...

    Oh yeah..this is just heaven for me...old and new books alike. Just gives me that zing and I know I'm content. What is it that makes us like the smell? There must be some kind of drug they use on those papers.........because look here now. How many have joined this group? Bet...
    Sylphy Sylphy 41-45, F 23 Responses Mar 9, 2010

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    I love the smell of books.

    Fanning to my nose, the smell that travels from nose to olfactory bulb that can be detected by my synesthetic olfactory receptor neurons that stimulate other nerve impulses causing creation of mixed unexplainable and delightful experience of senses.
    Fablecastell Fablecastell 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2013

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    One of My Favourite Smells!

    My hard cover copy of Half-Blood Prince smells so good. It brings back all kinds of memories from when I was reading it, too.
    esclave esclave 16-18, F Oct 31, 2007

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    Mmm-mmm!!

    The older and mustier the better!
    Erutrevo Erutrevo 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 24, 2009

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    Some Books Stink

    Yeah I admit I smell books :) For good reason though...some stink and the smell burns my nose and eyes like I'm allergic...so whenever I'm going to buy something I tear the plastic off and smell it. I get looks from people because they think that since I'm ripping the plastic off...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 26, 2009

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    All The Time

    I lose myself often in books and one of the things I don't like about my Kindle is when I read from it I can't smell the antiqued glue of  my book, nor can I feel the bindings, but most of all I miss that familiar smell of printer's ink on paper as I turn the pages one by...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F Apr 24, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    Bookshops are so peaceful. The best ones are those little backstreet second hand ones where the books are piled as high as the ceiling. Where you can find books that were read when...
    Gemma1990 Gemma1990 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    bookshops are time machines spaceships story-makers secret-keepers dragon-tamers dream-catchers fact-finders & safe places (this book is for those who know this to be true) I...
    CaroleOR CaroleOR 46-50, F 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    I'm sorry, but can we talk about that panty tingling bookstore smell??? Come on you know the smell I'm talking about: that beautiful smell of crisp newly published pages wafting...
    Ezria96 Ezria96 18-21, F 8 Responses Oct 25

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    One of my favourite smells. Especially if someone already has it brewing and I walk into the house as its finishing. It's right up there with home made bread!!
    commonloon commonloon 46-50, M 2 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I, too, can spend quite a lot of time in a bookstore. Especially the ones that have older books. I love the smell of the older books. I remember it from my first library. It was in...
    Harley52 Harley52 51-55, M 1 Response Nov 12

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    With all the possibilities and diversity, I just love bookstores. Plus my favorite bookstore always smells like coffee.
    Allyyoop Allyyoop 16-17, F Nov 2

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    It is like opening a door to the world of endless possibility. I can find adventure, mystery, facts, fantasy, history....anything I decide, right at my fingertips. Libraries and...
    overtherainbow47 overtherainbow47 41-45, M 3 Responses Nov 11

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    I don't mind my Kindle....but nothing like going to a book store and feeling the stories in your hand, going thru the pages and reading the words. The smell of the fresh the paper...
    BlaiddDrwg05 BlaiddDrwg05 41-45, M 12 Responses Nov 12

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    Books are life. And it represents who you are and what you're thinking. I prefer a good old book than a new Ebook...
    Amaze16 Amaze16 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 17

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    Not so much modern stores, but the old fashioned 2nd-hand book shops. I just love the smell and feel of books.
    small5paul small5paul 46-50, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I don't know why I like the smell of it. I just do.
    PumpkinPieXOXO PumpkinPieXOXO 22-25, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Ah they are everywhere. There are books on my wardrobe, books on my bed, books in the kitchen, books in my head. Books on the table, books on the shelf, books in my bag and books...
    nelby710 nelby710 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 4

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    So I have a confession . No I didn't do anything wrong. But I do like to write. So, me and bookstores. Bookstores and I. Taking me to a bookstore is like taking a child to a...
    Stefanie5678 Stefanie5678 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 7

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    I'm a major bibliophile. I have a big collection of books and I organize them all the time. Some are specific for my field and others are to spend a nice time. I also salvage books...
    WarmGoldenHeart WarmGoldenHeart 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 16

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    I guess having this experience is kind of a lie....I'm always finding new holes to poke my books into. God, they're everywhere though, books spread across my room like a fungus. My...
    Starrkya Starrkya 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    I absolutely love reading and would love to have my own bookstore for my personal enjoyment. I have an excellent collection of books at my disposal in my family library at home...
    gloriahughes gloriahughes 41-45, F 4 Responses Oct 31

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    "What’s that you’ve got there?" he called rather surprised. "999 Ways of Passing the Time", his friend said. It was a cheap pre-war publication on thick, poor quality paper...
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F Nov 2

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    I think books matter and reading is important. I feel that books have been my friends since my early adult life and my childhood. During the recent years that I struggled with a...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M Nov 9

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    I underline my books all the time. Or highlight. Or write in the margins. That way I can save favourite quotes or go back and re read it and find that I was correct early in about...
    tr3ats tr3ats 22-25 4 Responses Nov 11

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    I don't like the smell of cigarett or any smoke.. I can still feel the smell on my nose in the couple hours once I smell them. even if the smell is long gone.
    meandmythought meandmythought 26-30, F Nov 12

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    I share a locker with a girl who's belongings reek of cigarette smoke. Now every time I open it I get a big lungful of the nasty stuff and everything I put in there absorbs the...
    xxrep99xx xxrep99xx 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 12

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    So apparently bookstores in many regions are shutting down due to books on line, but I prefer paper books. Am I in the minority? It's much easier to read without having to use a...
    lujocin lujocin 31-35, F 19 Responses 1 day ago

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    It's weird, he has this unique smell after he's done doing physical labor, or after he's done exercising or when he comes home from riding his motorcycle. And no, it's not body...
    sugarcakes143 sugarcakes143 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I made my boyfriend go to a bookstore with me while we waited for the movie we were going to see to get into at least the "OK go sit" part. He put up a huge stink because he doesn...
    Nelsaroo Nelsaroo 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 27

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    I love romance books and books similar to 50 Shades of Greg...I can't wait for the movie to come out!
    MrsWrong1 MrsWrong1 26-30, F Oct 28

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