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There Is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World

I arrange my books by color. I tried it all sorts of other ways: by subject, by size, and biographical*. Nothing looked good, it just was sort of messy. These pictures are from an installation I went to back in 2004 at Adobe Bookshop. A guy rearranged the books by color and they stayed like that for a few weeks. The installation was called “There Is Nothing Wrong in This Whole Wide World.”


*I stole that idea from High Fidelity

pics via Love Forever

  1. nie nie

    March 21, 2007

    i love love that idea

  2. Jane

    March 21, 2007

    I just saw this idea somewhere recently, can’t remember where, but I LOVE IT!!!!!!! these pictures are awesome – thank you for sharing!

  3. bluebird

    March 21, 2007

    visually i always want to organize my books that way, but i can’t decide if it’s worth the organizational confusion. i guess i should try it out while my libary is still pretty small…

  4. JennyW

    March 21, 2007

    I’m so glad I’m not alone … I didn’t know other people did this too :)

  5. melissa

    March 21, 2007

    i’ve done color too. Most of my books have white binding though- so it’s not nearly as magical!

  6. Sara

    March 22, 2007

    we had this for a while as well, it was funny to see that you can learn what color the books are so it is easy to find them when you are looking for a certain one.
    it also made it clear that the only color the French make paperbacks in is white, how boring!

  7. pepper

    March 22, 2007

    so pretty

  8. Emily

    March 20, 2009

    several years ago, i began organizing my books like that, and it’s so much easier for visual people like me. i think “crime and punishment” and think immediately “dark red cover”, etc. so i can always put my hands on them faster this way. not to mention, it’s pretty.

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