We have some results: What should we call a book that has such a distinctive smell that we find it distracting?
We call it an aroma tome! Thanks to bybee for her most excellent suggestion. She has a way with these bookwords.
What is wrong with this book on the left? The cover is screaming 'a long time ago.' I know that we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but sometimes we can't help it. My nine year old daughter will look at a cover and dismiss a book in an instant if the cover doesn't appeal to her. Compare it to these other covers of the same book:
These other two look a bit more appealing and certainly more modern. Alas, I am cheap, and the ugly cover was available at the used book store, but it may have contributed to my over all feeling for the story.
So, how about coming up with a word to describe a book with a bad cover.
We'll take suggestions until Wednesday of next week, and then Suey will tabulate the results and we will vote. Suggestions in the comments, please.