There seems to be significant interest in this long overdue feature for the Kindle, so to clear up some of the confusion for people I thought I’d look at some of the functionality and ideas surrounding Collections.
In essence, Collections are short lists of books created by the user to make browsing easier. The idea is to save time on moving through the library and keep things nicely organized along the way.
- Books can belong to more than one collection, or none at all
- Collections are built directly on the Kindle
- Your collection data will be stored by Amazon and all books will remain in their collections until you remove them
- No data is changed by Collections, they are simply an organizational tool
- While you are able to import collections from other people, this will not transfer the books themselves; simply the lists.
- There are no sub-listings. This is a one-level categorization, not a real directory tree.
So what are Collections going to be good for? In addition to saving you from having to sort through your entire library every time you want to read a specific book, there’s a lot of customization that can come into it. Since all Collections are user-created, it adds a certain depth of individuality to the device.
Some suggestions I’ve read so far:
- List by Genre
- Rate Your Books After Reading
- Keep a List of Books To Read
- Keep Track of What You’re Reading Now
- Regional Listings
- Literary Period
Any other ideas I’ve missed?
And finally, some bad news for Kindle 1 owners – it looks like Amazon is focusing all of their development effort on software version 2.* so original Kindle will not be getting the Folders update.