KC Redding-Gonzalez, writes another intriguing and fascinating post about the New Adult Fiction category in bookstores and other venues, as well as the over-categorizing of books. Personally, at my last visit a few weeks ago to Barnes & Nobles, left me dizzy with the feeling that I had just entered a maze of confusion trying to find a book I was looking for. Organizational techniques are a professional skill and Barnes & Nobles organizing skills have lost their way in a conundrum of confusion, in more ways than one. This also includes online bookstores as well.
Sometimes trying to figure out where to find a book you want is as hard as trying to figure out where you would market your own.
These are troubling times. Not only have we lost our Horror section in most bookstores, but now if marketing departments raised by the internet get their way, we will have to look in yet one more subsection: New Adult Fiction.
That’s right…New Adult… the new next stop after Young Adult Fiction.
And we may have the internet to blame… because it is demanding we change the way we think.
I don’t know about you, but I am not liking this tendency toward condensing, homogenizing and labeling everything under the guise of search-ability without the consideration of individual characteristics that make both ourselves and what we do unique.
We are living in the age of generic categorization… an overarching, nonspecific set…
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