Don't Worry About Organising Your Books

Video: At Brooklyn’s Books Are Magic, as at most bookstores, the books are organised sensibly.

Fiction sorted by author’s name; non-fiction under various categories, with books of local interest on their own display; kids’ books sorted by age group and author; new books face-up on the front tables; a wall of cookbooks; a thin shelf of paperback series such as 33 1/3.

Meanwhile, the people who work at Books Are Magic have their own schemes — or lack of schemes — for organising their books at home. (The word “mudslide” comes up.)

We talked to the staff of Books Are Magic about how they get their books, where they keep them, and how (and if) they get rid of them. Their answers might make you feel better about your own chaotic collection, or proud of your well-sorted one.


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