Spine Spotting

One of the most common questions we get from non-booksellers is "how big a problem is trick spines, really?"  To help others understand the struggle that booksellers face on a daily basis, we asked a group of booksellers at Brilliant Books in Traverse City, Michigan, to photograph some of the trick spines they came across in the course of searching for books one morning.

Here are the titles we're looking for, along with the cover art.  The next set of images below are of the shelves where these books can be found.  How quickly can you match the cover with the spine?

A.  B.  C. 
D.  E.   F. 

 

1. 2.  3. 
4.  5.  6. 

 

Not as easy as you thought, huh?  And this is just a simplified version with only a few possible shelves to check!  Now you understand why BATS is such a critical organization for booksellers nationwide!

Need to check your answers?  Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answer Key:  A6, B5, C2, D3, E1, F4


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