Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sort My Books

I love reading (good books), libraries (state, local, university, rural, primary), bookshelves (mine, other peoples, online), bookshops (vintage, discount, factory 2nd, on the street or Borders - not a snob), the smell of new covers, bugs crushed in borrowed books, corners folded, jackets kept immaculate or torn or laminated (ew! not really), authors notes etc - but I do hate excessive annotation, epilogues or prologues and I generally skip introductions. Anyway the point of this paragraph is to say I love books, reading, and almost everything connected to this - I don't get people who don't (its creepy). So I'm obsessed with yet another facet of reading, writing and book obsessing that I've found online - I love different editions - The Sorted Books project.

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From the website - "The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings. At present, the Sorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters.

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