For example, these were the books I picked up within 20 minutes of browsing in the Sydney Kinokuniya. None of these titles are available for the Kindle (I think), and after agonizing for another hour, I decided to buy The Well of Loneliness and The War With The Newts. I knew these editions wouldn’t be carried in American bookstores, and I wasn’t going to waste time searching for them on Amazon, Book Depository or Fishpond.
Why Old Books Smell Good
“Lignin, the stuff that prevents all trees from adopting the weeping habit, is a polymer made up of units that are closely related to vanillin. When made into paper and stored for years, it breaks down and smells good. Which is how divine providence has arranged for secondhand bookstores to smell like good quality vanilla absolute, subliminally stoking a hunger for knowledge in all of us.
—From Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez’s Perfumes: the guide
Guardian’s Patrick Kingsley investigates the flipback, a new print book format that combines the conveniences of e-readers (lightweight) and the pleasures of print books (feel of paper, smell).
Innovation or gimmick?
I guess we’re not done with fetishizing the dead tree book!
Our salute to Valentine’s Day continues: check out nerdvalentine for truly inspired gifts for your sweetheart.
If this Assouline candle, which evokes “the atmosphere of your fantasy library, and the pleasure of reading, through the enigmatic scent of paper,” is not enough to please your true love, perhaps Assouline’s Goyard Trunk would do the trick.
According to Assouline: “Each trunk houses 100 of Assouline’s signature Memoire photo-biographies on art, fashion, design and architecture, making it the ultimate in chic.”
The ultimate in chic! I’d say you can’t put a price on that, but apparently it’s $20,000.
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Flavorwire analyzes James Franco’s bookshelf from pics the actor himself tweeted.
(Picture depicts customised jackets for a collection of cookbooks from Juniper Books.)
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