CafeScribe gives ebook readers musty smell of the real thing

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While ebooks have a lot going for them, it’s hard to overcome losing the satisfaction that comes from handling a physical book — the texture of the pages, the ability to flip around quickly, and yes, the smell. Other companies might be working on solutions to the harder problems, but ebook content provider CafeScribe is going pretty low-tech to give your laptop screen the same scent as a textbook: the company is shipping “musty-smelling” scratch-and-sniff stickers with every ebook order. The promotion comes in response to a survey showing that 43 percent of students identified smell as the thing they most liked about their favorite books, but we’re not so sure — we had some used textbooks in college that we’re definitely not eager to smell again.


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