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Best way to organize your library: alphabetically or by color?

Book lovers all have their own systems. Whether it's alphabetically, by color, or via a personalized dewey decimal, everyone's at-home library thrives when organized. Some prefer to organize their books by the color of the spine, touting the eye-pleasing beauty of such a system. Others argue organizing books alphabetically by author last name is the only acceptable way to turn chaos into order. What do you think?

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Books have exactly one way to be organized: alphabetically by author's last name. The only exception to this rule is if you would like to elevate your system to separate books by genre, and then alphabetizing each group. Anything less than this is utter chaos—shelves organized by color, by book height, or worse, with the pages facing out are for readers who like the look of their books more than the books themselves. 

Organizing your books by spine color is tempting, to be sure. Dreams on ombre and rainbow shelves may float in your head like sugar plums and fairies, but imagine actually reaching for some of your favorite titles with this kind of system. It would be impossible. Stories, characters and authors would be dwarfed by the art installation you've created.

Some readers even want their electronic shelves organized alphabetically:

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Nonsense. Organizing books by color is perfectly acceptable. Organizing your books by author last name requires painstaking management, whereas organizing by color allows for more flexibility (depending on how much you pay attention to the hue of each spine cover). Plus, this system is less chaotic to the eye. Each book has it's place, and the colorway of your shelf can promote creativity. 

Plus, few can recall the author of every single book they've read. But the color of the cover? Much easier to call to mind. Organizing books by color makes for a beautiful, easy-to-use home library. 

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