Library and bookstore categories


When I went to Waterstones the other day, I stared at the twin categories Crime, vs. True Crime. Placed side by side, they hold an interesting dialogue with each other: do crime story authors, detectives and investigation officers like to read true crime for inspiration?

There is also another intriguing and sad category called Painful Lives.  This category occupies a shelf of its own. I suppose the bookstore would need some internal guidelines to help staff find out what books to put under this category. After all, it can be a rather subjective interpretation.

At the Norwich Millennium library, they dedicate an entire section called UFO.  A brief desktop research reveals repeated sightings and strange lights reported for the mysterious wide-open skies of East Anglia. I don’t think it is a typical book section for any library. (Ref: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/releases/2008/october/ufo.htm)

Next time you visit a bookstore or library, check out the way they organise the collections.

4 comments on “Library and bookstore categories

  1. Marisa
    January 13, 2010

    Jenny if you can, I’d recommend getting a hold of the television series Castle. It’s about a crime writer who starts working with the police. It’s pretty interesting.

  2. t
    January 26, 2010

    I, too, like to observe bookstores’ ‘categories’. An author once said there really should be just two categories: “Good Books” and “Bad Books”. He said that jokingly.

  3. Charles Kress
    January 30, 2010

    The Library I really love
    In Oakland Chinatown
    Is almost always full of people
    Young and old they thirst for words

    The shelves are divided up
    In the usual library manner
    But the main language of the books
    Is written Chinese

    English, is a distant second
    along with Korean, Vietnamese
    And other Asian languages
    Makes me wonder where I am

    • jenniferinlondon
      January 30, 2010

      V interesting, although I have never had the opportunity to go to Oakland myself…

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