Smell of Books: A Product I Wish Were Real

Chris Higgins

Oh, how I wish this were real. I would very much buy Smell of Books™, available in five signature fragrances (three of which are shown above). The notion is to add that comforting book smell back to an era when many of us are stuck using fragrance-free ebooks. From the description of Eua, You Have Cats:

Specially engineered from the concentrated aromas of 20,000 second-hand books. This special scent is guaranteed to please animal lovers and avid book collectors alike. It’s just like borrowing a book from grandma’s house. So realistic you’ll think “Mr. Puss” is back again! Suggested Retail Price: $6.99 Warning: Use only in well-ventilated areas. Male cats may react adversely to this realistic scent. Do not use near upholstered fabric.

See also: the other scents, the massive compatibility list (hey, it's compatible with Apple's super-defunct Newton!) and the Warnings and Legal Disclaimers which includes the special warning "Not for use on 'real' books."

This whole thing is the "product" of the rather remarkable DuroSport Electronics, a thorough and well-produced alternate universe of fictional products. Don't miss the Company News section, including news of a Smell of Books™ recall.