Daily Archives: October 9, 2018

The Smell Of Books ~ Ray Bradbury

You cannot hold a computer in your hand like you can a book. I don’t care what they say about “e-books.” A computer does not smell. There are two perfumes to a book: a book is new, it smells great; a book is old, it smells even better. It smells like ancient Egypt. So a book has got to smell. You have to hold it in your hands and pray to it. You put it in your pocket and you walk with it. And it stays with you forever. But the computer doesn’t do that for you. I’m sorry.
~Ray Bradbury, interview with Sam Weller, 2010