Sorting books by color is not the end of the world

Sort books by color
Everything is fine on the bookshelf?

The general obsession with beauty doesn’t even stop at the bookshelf. One sorts his literature by color, and the other may choose it accordingly. Is this the end of the west? classification.

The question arises of all the questions from the second book: In what order do the works come on the shelf? Which classification perfectly combines function and form, that is, arrangement and appearance? The answer is, it depends.

It is theoretically possible to sort by dozens of criteria. On the other hand, there will be hard and cold facts: the length, thickness and width of the book, its weight and price, the number of pages, the year of publication, and the publisher. On the other hand, there are – for good reasons – the most popular categories: genre, subject, author and, of course, title. In recent years, a movement has been created that prioritizes aesthetics: first and foremost, shelves in the home should look good; “The Shelf” is a new self-portrait of the educated citizen.

In the 21st century, the less gold-engraved dictionaries and the complete editions of Shakespeare are especially impressive. Rather, in the minimum of all furniture in terms of design and color – modern bookshelves are mostly white or black, and the maximum look of wood is a touch of birch – explosions of color should please the eye. rainbows of new thorns.

With the corresponding consequences: if you do not have a photographic memory of your book columns, you will find less again after improving the optics. But at least more than the countermovement that allegedly existed at least temporarily: #Backwardsbooks, in other words: all the book thorns turned against the wall. Because of the importance of internal values, or something like that.

When in doubt, this would make perfect sense, if the collected works were for decoration anyway. The fact that luxury hotels and bars have their own libraries assembled by specialist companies such as Ultimate Library (where appearance is most important) – that’s all. I expect, hope and wish more from real people.

do you know him? “Honestly, they are used mainly as thermal insulation,” one castle lord says to the other in his home library. But such cultural vulgarity is a far cry from fans of printed paper.

So how do you proceed? First of all, the moment of devotion may be fitting for our bookshelves in their seemingly inescapable form, which provide maximum analog storage and make collecting books possible in the first place. “What could be more natural in purpose and form than an ordinary bookcase?” Henry Petrosky in his book On the Bookshelf, his definitive work, asks about the history of a piece of furniture whose true value has not been appreciated. Books placed vertically on horizontal shelves – is this not a law of nature? Of course it is not. Instead, the early storage systems of the book’s ancestor, the scroll, often resembled wine racks, rarely hat boxes or umbrella stands. For 3,000 years, this was enough for the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. From the first century onwards, manuscript became a common thing in the West, developing from stacks of wax tablets to stapled manuscripts to the final form: bound sheets of paper, known as books.

The shelf improvement associated with this development lags by several centuries. Because books remain of great value for dozens of generations, so they are stored in safes and chests, as they are mostly handcrafted by monks. Bookcases did not appear until the Middle Ages, but their contents were steadily chained to prevent theft, which in turn necessitated massive integrated writing and reading desks.

With the advent of printing, the number of books doubled while their material value greatly diminished. Along with affordability, there is a growing realization that books lined up side by side are more manageable than books that are stacked. The question remains: which side to forward?

Finally, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, chains suspended from shelving fronts became redundant; Thin ties no longer have to face the wall. But before it can actually be directed toward the viewer, a change of opinion is needed, Petrosky explains: The book’s backbone has long been considered ugly and almost demeaning. The explicit revolutionary lettering on the spine of the books makes it more attractive and recognizable at the same time.

One of the book’s primary inconveniences is that it has not been possible to agree on a direction for this type of print to this day. Wouldn’t it be nice if you just had to tilt your head to the left and not to the right when strolling along the bookshelves? That would be nice, but it’s not in sight.

So kudos to the bookshelf, the basis of every order. But how is it sorted now?

The first step should remain undisputed: the primary subdivision is carried out according to subject areas in the broadest sense. Just as instructions for heating and large household appliances have their own place, folders for all other paperwork and, in case of doubt, also the literature on one’s profession, so personal areas of interest can have their own shelves or at least shelf compartments. In my case, this would be the Lower Rhine here and New Zealand there, i.e. the history, culture and language from this other end of the world. Some things related to journalism of course – reports, photos, articles, photography and infographics.

In addition, half a large Billy shelf, about 2.40 meters of shelf space, with basketball literature, is one of the three sections devoted to biographies: New Zealander Stephen Adams is followed by a 2.31-meter book between legends Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant Manut Paul, soon behind Dirk Nowitzki’s ex-teammate Brian Cardinal: Limited in terms of play, it’s easy to underestimate visually, but very challenging, which earned him the nickname “The Caretaker”…but I digress.

Who has more than half a dozen such areas of interest for which further division by chronology, geography, or alphabetical order of their headings is necessary or unnecessary because of the cohesion of the group?

I for example. Because of a fondness for products that made the world or at least the history of popular culture, I own four books about the terrifying power of the Kalashnikov, five about the first DeLorean DMC-12 sports car, and two on sets in general, and LEGO in particular.

And one for each arm of the world’s coolest animal, the octopus.

Fortunately, the Scandinavian furniture store offers not only its classic 80’s, but also its 40 cm wide. One of my narrow shelves is filled with the works of American design historian Henry Petrosky, who, in addition to the bookshelf, devotes himself extensively to pencil and bridge. Many of the wide shelves are dedicated to science fiction on one hand and actual space travel on the other, and others to surfing and the Wild West. And before you ask: Of course, I show my favorite pieces in their full width—that is, front to back.

However: the mountain of books that remained after this rough sorting is large. The fact that I do not rip a series of books or magazines, which are also provided, i.e. local, hardly changes that. Back to the basic question: How do you rank these books of all kinds on every subject imaginable? (Sooner or later, of course, all attempts will fail anyway, bookseller Martin Latham finds the comforting sentence in his work “Reading in Happiness”: “A little chaos in the garden guarantees a good ecosystem”).

Anyway, you can’t sort by size. Recently a diligent assistant in the second-hand children’s store near the corner came to this conclusion, after completing the work, it became clear to him that in this context only one sort makes sense: that is, to arrange according to the recommended reading age.

As for my collectibles, too, I dismiss categorization by volume as wholly impractical (though surprisingly, British book lover Samuel Pepes, president of the Royal Society in the 1680s, swore that he had 3,000 works in his possession). In most cases, only the robot’s weight, price, publisher and year of publication are considered promising criteria. However, this genre must often have the effect of creating order, whether on the first level (all picture books or poetry, hidden object books or crime novels on one shelf) or within a particular subject area.

So when it comes to pushing and needing to sort within meaning units, all that’s left is the good old alphabetical order – either by author or by title; What you prefer is ultimately a matter of taste.

More precisely, these two possibilities may remain literate. I love the bar on the top row of shelves in my living room. From the dark red Cuban picture book to Leonard Nimoy’s pale orange poetry book, gazes sweep across the pastiche yellow travel guide “San Sombrèro” to the turquoise picture book of Teahupo’o “perfect wave” in Tahiti, over the gray pits of the moon into the blackness of space. This is not very practical. but beautiful.

This brings us to the service part of this text. If you want to sort by color, please consider that many booksellers have nightmares from customers who don’t know the title, author, or subject: “The book I’m referring to is red; did you get that?” There are nearly 60 color combinations Comprehensive to choose from. Only lovers of dark blue shades are spoiled for choice between “city lights” and “starry night” as well as between “classic” and “modern dusk”. Plus, “Purple Passion,” “Baroque Dreams,” “Whispering Willows,” and – yes, really – “Irish Stout” are alluring.

On the other hand, if you want to give me something, it’s easy: I love weird books of all kinds, and I still need green books.

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