But I love physical books too. I know people talk a lot about the smell of books, but to be honest, I don't sniff books, unless there is some scratch-and-sniff feature to it. Old books smell like... really old books. Like dust and must and other people's hands. So the "old book smell" is not what draws me to physical books. Nope.
What wins me over? Beautiful endpapers and interesting design features. These are things that you absolutely need physical copies to appreciate.
For example, Illuminae was my favorite book of 2015, and while the story was what won me over, I have to admit that its acetate cover with peek-a-boo quotes was a really delightful bonus:
And I haven't gotten around to reading this yet, but I love the black edging in Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows:
I also love adorable "hidden" surprises under the dust jacket. I've posted this previously as well, but here is the naked cover of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven:
And of course, endpapers! Beautiful, gorgeous endpapers! I think I bought a lot of these books for the endpapers alone. (My TBR pile is a mile high.)
|The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman|
|All of Gena Showalter's Alice in Zombieland books have similar endpapers.|
This is book 4, A Mad Zombie Party
|Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen and Glass Sword|
|We Were Liars by E. Lockhart|
|Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I LOVE but read|
before I ever had a book blog
|An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir|
There are a lot more examples, and there are a lot of cool book designs (like, everything released by Mark Z. Danielewski ever!). This is just one of the many reasons why physical books are in no danger of disappearing - the books themselves, along with the stories they contain, are art to be treasured.