Organizing Books by Color

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There’s this new trend of organizing books by color. I love this photo by chotda linked via the Rainbow of Books Flickr group. This growing trend is cool but if I were gonna do this, I’d probably have to create a little digital database so I’d be able to find the right book I was looking for. Also, I’d probably be totally OCD if a book was out of place due to a subtle color tone. Jessica at How about Orange points to a San Francisco bookstore Superhero that rearranged all 20,000 books by color. [ via ] Link.

8 thoughts on “Organizing Books by Color

  1. turrean says:

    I can’t even imagine trying to shop at a store ( or use a library) that organized all its books by color. A strong visual statement, but less than useful. I need all my crafting books together!

  2. gillisc11 says:

    I was afraid of it being almost impossible to find a book once I’d sorted them by color, but it’s not very hard at all. I think it’s because I spent so much time arranging and re-arranging them that I have a better understanding of what color they are. The biggest challenge once the ROYGBIV library was finished was stopping myself from buying books based on their color!

  3. gillisc11 says:

    It’s not as hard as you would think to find books once they’re sorted by color — once I did it, I could find almost any book on the first try. Part of it is touching them and agonizing over their spines for so long during the organizing process. Now I just have to stop myself from buying books based solely on their color!

  4. sevendust says:

    For me, it is entirely pragmatic. I don’t easily remember the titles and authors of my many books. But I do remember their colors. The only hard part is in distinguishing the color of a cover from the spine; when in doubt, I check the black spines first, then the white spines (where most of my books hang out). of course it is also aesthetically appealing since I appear to be attracted to colors.

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