Steven Poole ponders the power of booksmell on the Guardian blog:
If smell can influence our romantic choices, might it also influence our critical faculties? As a reviewer, might I subconsciously write more kindly about books whose smell I prefer? I fear I can't rule it out. Could publishers employ parfumiers to give their books a commerical fillip? Perhaps they secretly do already ...But maybe book sniffers are secret junkies? The medical journal The Lancet suggested that "fungal hallucinogens" in old books could lead to "enhancement of enlightenment".
Is this why once hooked on books we need our fix so badly? Well perhaps help is at hand with this support group for British booksniffers!
Surely there should be a medical term for the booksniffing phonomena. Is there a doctor on the blog who could concoct one?