That New Book Smell

Writers of the past, take heed! I’m sending this message back through time, from a world that may be difficult to understand.

Everything is different here. In my time, books are a dying breed. People don’t read books on paper; they read them on devices like this one in my hand. It’s called a Kindle, and this is one of the very first models, one of the very first digital book readers that I think was ever released, and it’s already thinner than any novel and probably about the same weight. It can store over a thousand books.

No, really.

That new book smell we all love so much? Someday it’ll be a distant memory. They’ll be turning the pages of your book with the press of a button. I know, I know — but that’s not all! Even the content of your work will have to change.

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