12 Books That Indulge the Senses

Rebecca Steinitz’s beautiful essay about the smell of books, published in The Millions this week, inspired us to seek out books that indulge all five senses. We’re always on the lookout for unusual designs that boldly go where no book has gone before. Luckily, there are people like us out there who want a truly tactile experience with their books — reads you can taste, smell, and more. Here are 12 book designs that cater to the senses.




This tactile typography book illustrates a Ted Hughes story. Creators used bookbinding and printing materials with raised surfaces for readers to linger along.