Sorted Books project


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.

Sorted Books project, by Nina Katchadourian

(thank you jon)

4 Comments leave a comment below

  1. This seems to be an intersting project. I´m off to check out that site.

    BTW: You received an award for making my day. Thanks and I really enjoy reading your blog.

  2. Reminds me of the guy who makes books into arty book shelves:

  3. oh, that is WONDERFUL! thank you, em.

  4. Tina, I do most grovellingly apologise. I was having a (hopefully premature) seniors’ moment and mistook you for Emdot.