12 March 2021

Purchasing books by color



I've heard of this for years, but didn't realize it was so popular until I found this Etsy seller and scrolled down the page to see other offerings by other sellers.  Prices apparently vary by color:

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  1. So odd! I was aware that some people organize their books by color but... I guess they don't read? It's funny because I organize so many things by color, in fact, maybe a little obsessively but never, ever books. Except for the colored fairy books of course and they are in rainbow order for sure!

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    1. It's not just a matter of organizing by color, but of buying for color only, without any consideration of the content or subject matter. "I need two yards of green and blue books for the family room."

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  2. I once saw someone come to our Friends of the Library booksale (a large, twice-a-year event) with fabric swatches to match to books.
    Sandra

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    1. That's amazing. Posting your comment for librarian friends in case they didn't know!

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  3. My word, how decorating has changed !
    Ensuring your library looks good seems fair enough, tome, but then I'm not one to judge a book by it's ... colour.
    I s pectrum some of my attempts at humour are a bit marginal, shady even.

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  4. I have a bookshelf of cherished books and have always thought were ugly. I would spend good money for beautiful leather copies with art nouveau flourishes.... But none are offered :(
    For me the hardest part is not becoming overwhelmed with books, I can't imagine buying stuff I would never read because it's a specific shade....

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  5. What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.

    --Neil Postman, "Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business."

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