Saturday, 24 September 2011

Snooping in the Age of E-book

I RECENTLY attended a chaotic, kid-friendly gathering at the home of a friend. On my way to the bathroom to seek some solace, I decided to indulge in one of my favorite antisocial activities: scrutinizing someone else’s bookshelf. For a veteran sleuth, a bookshelf can offer a trove of insights worthy of any Freudian’s couch. Does a person alphabetize the books or clump them? Do they arrange their books by genre, order in which they were purchased, or color? Are these books unopened hardcovers or dog-eared paperbacks?
New York Times

1 comment:

Ernest L Sewell, IV said...

I alphabetize by author. Non-fiction is tricky, because it's more subject bound, than author bound. But with a variance of subject matter, I find it best to just keep with the alphabetized by author. I have non-fiction Erma Bombeck, and that's humor, but I also have books on rock groups - so where does that fit in? I can't very well divide my bookshelves into subsections, unfortunately. I keep it by author, all around.

I can't do paperbacks - I love a hardback.

I also love my Nook.