How do you organize?

A lot of people have been talking about how they like to read lately–eBook or paper? Piles of books scattered everywhere, or organized shelves?

Personally, I do love eBooks!  My Nook had me sold from day one.  That being said, there are still books that I absolutely must have in a hard copy:

  1. Reference books, such as writing books
    When I was in school, I tried getting eBooks.  Thank goodness for the trial period, because I ended up with the hard copy every time.  Same with writing books.  I am addicted to my highlighter, and I find it easier to do by hand than on my eReader.  I also tend to write a lot of notes in the margins and mark things with Post-it flags.  I know most eReaders allow you to do this, too, but this is one time where I feel the technology does not make life easier.
  2. Books I absolutely love
    I usually buy new fiction for my Nook.  I like having my entire to be read list with me wherever I am.  That being said, if I read a book and know it is something that I am going to read over and over, I need it in both format.  This goes both ways–if I read a hard copy book and fall in love, I will grab the eBook, too.  Needless to say, I have quite a few books in both formats.  :-)
  3. Classics–books I want to be able to pass on to my children
    I have a lot of classics on my shelves.  I started my collection years ago, and always said I would one day pass them on to my children.  At this point, I have too many to start over, and I am too compulsive to have them in two different formats. This leads me to…
  4. Books in series
    I need to have all of the books in a series in the same format.  My grandmother will often buy books, read them, and then pass them on to me.  If she gives me book one of a trilogy, I will buy 2 and 3 in hard copy, too.

Having similar book in the same format is not the only way I am compulsive with my books.  I have certain ways I organize them, depending on what type of books they are.  I have three different sets of bookshelves in my house–fiction, non-fiction, and TBR (to be read).  Fiction books are arranged alphabetically by author, and are on shelves in our sunroom.  Non-fiction are arranged by topic, and are on the built-in shelves in the office.  My TBR books are in the living room, organized by genre, then alphabetically by author.

My Nook is the same way.  I have created two shelves for each genre–those on the TBR list and those I have read.  When I finish a book, I immediately move it from the TRB list to the Read list.  Then, when I want to read something new, I just have to go to the shelf for the genre I am in the mood for, and I can see all the books I have already purchased but not yet read.  (I warned you I was compulsive!) :-)

Earlier today, I came across this video that was inspired by a couple that was organizing their bookshelves.  I have to say, it looks like they are having a whole lot more fun than I am while organizing their shelves! :-)

So, where do you fall? Are you a fan of eBooks or paper–or a bit of each? Do you keep your books organized, or do you prefer having them lying around wherever you are? Did that video make you want to organize your books by color, too? ;-)

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16 thoughts on “How do you organize?

  1. I love your blog format! It’s so pretty :)

    I am still one of those dinosaurs who loves her paper books…I still don’t have an e-reader, nor am I yet ready to get one. But I find your system of digital/paper separation and organization fascinating. That’s why I think paper bookselling is not going out of business just yet: because some people love both. And I must say, that color-book-organizing video taps a deep part of me…I have organized my library more than once, sometimes just for the fun of the organization!

    Thanks for the thought-provoking post!

    • Thank you!! It took me over a year to find something I really liked, but I am really happy with it. :-)

      I don’t think it is going out of business yet either. There are too many people that still prefer paper books. :-)

      Thanks for stopping by!! :-)

  2. Organization? What’s that? They’re stacked in the bookcase, tossed in a bin, and stacked on the table, where the periodically fall over, usually in the middle of the night. I even have a few books in the freezer.

    The ebooks are just altogether in whatever order they sort themselves.

  3. I prefer print books, after reading ebooks on a combination of my phone and my S.O.’s electronics. I’ll read on an e-reader, certainly, but I don’t savor the experience quite as much as I do when I read the traditionally printed page!

    The book I’m reading right now is one I downloaded to my phone. The deeper I get into it, the more I regret that I downloaded it instead of buying a copy when I was at the bookstore. I’ll be wiser next time, I hope! :)

    • I love to hear of people who prefer reading hard copy books. I can’t imagine not being able to get “real” books from “real” stores. Even though I am a big fan of my eReader, bookstores are still one of my favorite places to go. I’d hate to see that go away in favor of an all ebook world, as some people are predicting will happen in coming years.

      Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  4. It sounds like we’re a lot alike. Fiction books, particularly ones I will likely never read again are fine for my Kindle, but reference or other non-fiction that I might want to highlight and write notes in must be in traditional book format. I do use the highlight function on my Kindle, but I still prefer the old-fashioned way!

  5. I buy casual fiction and the free classics (e.g., Dickens) for my e-book. If it’s something related to writing or travel (work-related) then I want the thing in a hard copy because it’s easier to go back three months later and find that reference that you remember being halfway through the copy on the bottom of the left side. I’ve tried searching on my e-book, but I can do it faster with a physical copy. On the other hand, if I think I need a particular book when I’m traveling I’ll buy a copy (if it’s cheap enough) for the e-book for ease of transportation. I collect books like I collect pottery, so physical copies are my first choice.

    • I agree, I do think it is easier to find a reference in a hard copy. I do the same thing, remembering about where something is in a book, and where it is on the page. That doesn’t do much good in an ebook! :-)

  6. I loved my Nook when I first got it, still do for fiction reading that I will only read once. But for non-fiction, it’s more difficult. I like to cuddle up with certain books and make them mine–not as easy with an e-reader..

  7. Like you, I like my Nook for fiction, but if it’s a book that I really fall in love with, a reference book, or a book by one of my favorite authors, then I like to get the actual book for my shelf. I like looking at my shelves, but I also like them to remain tidy and uncluttered so I’ve let go of a lot of books over time.

    • I like to look at mine, too. I think that probably has a lot to do with why I keep them so organized. Of course, like you, the limited amount of room does make me have to get rid of more books than I would like, It is the biggest downfall of the paper book.

  8. I only organize my books by category: religion, language references, non-fiction that doesn’t fit into the two previous categories, classics, and all other fiction. My book shelves are a mess as books stand, lie, or dangerously perch on top of other books. I’m comfortable with that and the books don’t complain.

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