Why Not Get a Job as a Professional Book Smeller?
Whenever there is a public debate on why printed books will never disappear people always like to emphasize the importance of their smell and how this means that people will always prefer a printed book to its digital cousin/brother/sister/nephew/whatever you find appropriate.
I find it quite entertaining. Surely there must be more obvious and simpler reasons for why printed books will always have their place in peopleâ€™s lives. Anyway, in my daily web-roamings I came across a project thatâ€™s quite out of the ordinary. Rachael Morrison is a Senior Library Assistant at The Museum of Modern Art Library (New York). Sheâ€™s also an artist and one of her ventures is called â€śSmelling the Booksâ€ť. This performance started in early 2010 and basically consists of Rachael going round and smelling every single book in the MoMA. So, let me get this right – not only do you work in a pretty cool place but on top of that you can just go round and smell books all day long. I mean come on, wouldnâ€™t anyone love this as their day job? Where do I sign up?
There are 300,000 books in the MoMA collection so it might be quite a lengthy process…
And if youâ€™d like to know whatâ€™s the science behind the smell of books, go over to the kind folks at AbeBooks. Theyâ€™ve put together a neat little clip that might help you answer that question.