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Old 08-03-2014, 03:54 PM   #1
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I would appreciate seeing lists of how aome of you organize your large libraries. I can do the easy ones like History as parent and American and world as children.

However I have books like 10 Minute Toughness, Boost your Brain, The Five Elements of Effective Thinking, etc. Obviously they are all "self-improvement", but one book discusses more about attitude, while the other is specifically on increasing cognition.

I am curious as to how you all classify these things and more. Thank you in advance to all who offer ideas.
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I just try to subdivide my non-fiction into groups that are between 20 and 200 books. I don't bother to classify to the same level.

I would just use "Self-improvement", since I don't have so many books of that type.

I even have a classification Nonfiction.Other where I have a bunch of different books on various topics.

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Ask yourself what purpose the categorization serves. If it's just to help you find the books you're looking for, then you may not need to go that in-depth.

In my case, however, I use a custom column that serves both as a lookup for the books, and as a simulated directory structure that I then use in my save-to-disk template.

This custom column, which I call "Hierarchy", goes into quite a bit of detail, including duplicating the series name in some cases. I also use the top level of the hierarchy to divide my books into virtual libraries.

So, for instance, my "How-To" virtual library might include "How-To.Cookbooks" as well as "How-To.Knots" and "How-To.Magic Tricks." My "Fiction" VL might include "Fiction.Fantasy.Tolkien.Lord of the Rings."

Despite what the manual says, you can store a directory hierarchy of arbitrary levels in a single field and use it to generate the hierarchy when you save to disk. My template converts "." to "/" to create the folders.

Finally, I use the View Manager plugin to switch back and forth between sorting by Author and sorting by Hierarchy as needed.
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