Wed
Apr 11 2012 6:30pm

Kindle Magic (or How to Organize Your Kindle Library)

E-readerEditor’s note: While this post was written based on H&H blogger Laurie Gold’s personal experience with a Kindle, readers using other types of e-readers, including the Nook, should be able to use the tips below to set up a similar system.

As a cheerleader for digital reading for almost a decade—my first ebook reader, the E-Bookwise, was not even wireless!—I’ve collected, nay, curated, some 2,000 ebooks. Finding them once I moved them over to the original Kindle 1 was not particularly easy in that there were precisely two sort options: alpha by author or alpha by title. Try looking for Lady’s Choice by Jayne Ann Krentz with both author and title midway through 1,200 titles. To do it, I had to page down about 60 times because using the search function on my near-to-capacity packed device took forever or caused the screen to freeze, requiring a reboot by removing the back cover and sticking a paperclip into a tiny hole. Also, as a result of a little something called “metadata,” changing the title to reflect a book as part of a series, and which book within that series, was not possible when trying to maintain Kindle format books. Every time I changed a file name on my computer and re-uploaded it to my Kindle, it showed up as it had originally.

Lady’s Choice by Jayne Ann KrentzKindle II came and went, but I was still satisfied with my first generation kindle, even though it looked more and more like a flimsy toy in comparison. And then...and then...I filled to capacity my Kindle 1 at roughly the same time as the screen went kerflewy. Note to everyone using an e-ink device: Never put a great deal of pressure on the screen or the e-ink will leave a permanent impression on the screen, rendering it unreadable forever more. When not in use, keep in a cover and always on the top of whatever stack you set it upon. And when you take your child on her college interviews, make sure it’s not crushed by your laptop in your briefcase, even if it’s in a case.

And so...the Kindle III. A device which has so much storage (it holds 3,500 books) that even a devoted bibliophile will probably never fill it up. A device so amazing that you are able to sort it by “most recently first,” alpha by “author,” alpha by “title,”  and—holy of holies—by “collection.”

Before getting into the collections, a tiny sidebar, a trick, a hint, a cheat, that I discovered one day by googling: If you want to go straight to Gail Carriger using your Kindle III, make sure you sort by author, then type “c” and press the controller button (it’s the square one). You will have jumped to the letter C. As Carriger is likely near the top of your Author C authors, it will be easy for you to dive into Timeless. If you want to find your Meredith Duran books, I suggest typing “e” rather than “d.” Typing in “d” will require you to go to move past all those Lauren Dane, Theresa Dare, and MaryJanice Davidson titles to get to Meredith Duran. Typing in “e” will bring you to Cynthia Eden, and right atop her titles will likely be Duran’s.

At Your Pleasure by Meredith DuranBut, let’s go back to collections, and what I consider a necessity to any Kindle III user: the free software program Calibre, which allows you to manipulate that metadata I mentioned earlier so that you can get your library just how you want it. Here’s how I set up mine...

At my Goodreads page, you’ll notice that I have more than fifty bookshelves—AKA collections—for my books, ranging from “absurdist fiction” to “fantasy erotic romance” (not to be confused with “urban fantasy erotic romance”) to “cannot classify.” Those are the same collections I created for my Kindle, along with collections for “read,” “tbr,” “netgalley books” “dnf,” and “grade b+,” “grade b,” etc. Because, you see, you may put any book in as many collections as you want. If I need to find a book I’m reviewing that was provided via netgalley and is absurdist fiction (as was Tom Holt’s Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages), I could search either collection. If I am in a period where I need to re-read a historical Julie Garwood (and how many of us have been there?), I can open up either my Desert Isle Keeper or Medieval Romance collection.

I advise any reader to become their own librarian when using their Kindle. Think about how you store books in your own library, or how you would like them to be stored, and take advantage of the collections feature. It’s incredibly easy to take an unorganized Kindle and organize it as, after having created a collection, you open it up, scroll through your books, and mark off the titles that fit in that collection.

Of course, if you read genre fiction, you’ll also want an easy way to access all the titles in, say, Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series, and if you’re a backlist reader, you’ll want an easy way to find book three in that series. Here is how you do it:

Download Calibre to your pc or mac. Plug your Kindle into your computer via the USB cord that came with your device. You will see it shows up as a drive unto itself, perhaps as Drive D. Create a “Kindle” file on your computer, then open the Kindle file from drive D and copy all five files, pasting them into the Kindle file you just created on your computer. At this point, disconnect your Kindle from your computer. Do not attempt to make any changes while the actual Kindle is plugged into your computer. It’ll confuse the hell out of you.

Calibre screenshotAlways work from an updated Kindle file on your computer. That’s just a given. The first time you use Calibre you will need to import your files into a new Calibre library. You do this by pressing the library button, the one that looks like a shelf of books in the toolbar of this screenshot. This points Calibre to your computer’s Kindle file, and those files will then magically appear on your Calibre screen. Once you’ve associated that file location with Calibre, you won’t need to do it again unless you  move to another computer. If you need to move, follow the same process. But remember, every time you plan to update books using Calibre, first plug in your Kindle. Then download your files to your computer using the same folder you originally created, and then  disconnect the device.

Okay, so now we’re ready to sort by author, and go to all of Briggs’ books. Use Fantastic Fiction, the author’s website, or some other way to determine the order of titles in the series, then click Calibre’s metadata button—it’s that round blue “i” second on the toolbar—choose “edit metadata individually,” and replace “Moon Called” with “Mercy Thompson 1 - Moon  Called,” “Blood Bound’ with “Mercy Thompson 2 - Blood Bound,” etc.  

After you’ve organized the series in Calibre, plug your Kindle back into your computer, then upload the Mercy Thompson books back onto it. Disconnect your Kindle from Calibre, and delete the originals from your Kindle, If the titles were never put into a collection, now’s the time to stick them into the “urban fantasy” collection. If the originals were already organized, the collection information from the original books should transfer over to the newly uploaded versions. Go ahead and check, it’s kinda magical.

What you’ve accomplished as a result is an easy way to organize the series. When you are ready to access the series on your Kindle, you can either use the title sort, then type in “M” for “Mercy Thompson” or go into the “urban fantasy” collection, sort it within the collection by title, and in either instance, the entire series will appear, in order of “Mercy Thompson 1,” “Mercy Thompson 2,” etc. The combination of Calibre and Kindle collections gives you a variety of options you would not otherwise have.

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia QuinnOf course, this is how I organized my library, and my logic might not be yours. It’s just that, for me, organizing by series is what I need since so many of my books are parts of series. If you read a lot of romance, urban fantasy, fantasy, or mystery novels, you probably do as well. Just think of how much easier it’ll be to find the eight Bridgerton books and/or six epilogues in order,  or all those In Death novels and short stories (which I designate as .5 in-between full length books—ie, “In Death 7- Holiday in Death,” “In Death 7.5 - Midnight in Death,” “In Death 8 - Conspiracy in Death.”). The longer the series, the more helpful this process.

If your digital library is enormous, do what I did and approach it as a long-term project. Tackle all authors with the last name “B” or perhaps all “Mary Balogh” books in a night. That’s what I did while watching TV in the evening with my husband over a period of weeks. Though it took some time, it was well worth it. Obviously it’ll go more quickly if you are new to digital reading and don’t have a couple of thousand books to work on, but even if you have a large library, it’s a simple enough process that you can easily watch the latest episode of Mad Men while organizing a large group of books.

Slightly Dangerous by Mary BaloghYou may also use Calibre’s metadata function to fix errant author names, and if you have multiple titles by any author, you can use the “bulk convert” function. Sometimes, for whatever reason, you may have a book (let’s use Mary Balogh again) that alpha by author sorts as M rather than B. Go into the metadata function and look for “authors” and “author sort.” Make sure both are entered as “Balogh, Mary,” then upload to your Kindle.

I have never played around with a Kindle Fire, so I don’t know if what goes for a Kindle III also goes for a Kindle Fire. If it’s not exactly the same, I’m guessing it’s close. If not, please share your comments and help your fellow readers. Oh, hell...however you organize books on your Kindle, share your method with us.

 


Laurie Gold cannot stop reading and writing about romance—she’s been blabbing online for years. She remains a work in progress. Be one of the few who visits her at Toe in the Water or follow her may-be-too-political-for-you tweets at @laurie_gold.

Subscribe to this conversation (must be logged in):
Individual - You will receive an alert for each comment added to this post.
Digest - You will receive an end-of-day alert for all comments added to this post.
53 comments
NicoleinTX
1. NicoleinTX
I am in awe of the amount of work you put into this. i usually start creating collections but then give up because I start confusing the parameters i used to initially create each group. kudos!
Laurie Gold
2. LaurieGold
I am insane about my books. When my daughter was small and badly misbehaved, her punishment was to alphabetize my library.
Wendy Lewis
3. wsl0612
yes! Calibre is an awesome program for the frustrated organizers amongst us. I also recommend making a donation to the site when you download it, it's worth the price :-)
Laurie Gold
4. LaurieGold
Wendy, how have you used Calibre? What is your system? And, btw, I totally agree with you about donating.
Wendy Lewis
5. wsl0612
@LaurieGold, well I haven't used calibre quite as well as you, but I do have a Nook and I do what you do in re:creating that separate book file and manipulating the data in Calibre.
My main concern with my books is keeping up with what I own or have read, what's upcoming and if there are any series' gaps I want/need to fill. I've added a column to my spreadsheet to indicate whether I own the books in "real" format or in e-book only or in both. And I have a column to indicate to me whether I've read said book or whether it's a new author I want to try (I have a lot, and do a lot of sharing!). So I have to do a little more work, but it's worth it as I love to organize my files :-)
Barbara Bauschka
6. njoireading
I have been meaning to try Calibre for a while. Thanks for the tips. I have started to back-up on ICloud books that I don't purchase through BN. Just to be sure. One thing that I started in 2011 is a date book. I have both a monthly section and a weekly section. As dates for releases are known, I add that to the monthly section. When I read a book, I write a synoptic review on that date in the weekly section and include any other information like series, etc. It makes it easier to go back and add information to my GoodReads account as I keep the dating the same, etc.
Laurie Gold
7. LaurieGold
I love meeting other anal retentive readers! I took my nearly 20 year old database, which I've adapted and adjusted ever since, and adapted it to the workbook function in Google Docs so that I'd have access to it wherever I was. It keeps me from buying twice, and using Amazon's wishlist helps me keep up with what's next for authors I collect. I use Goodreads to help supplement what I write for PW, H&H, Amazon, and my blog (currently on hiatus). Sounds like your system is different. Do, though, try Calibre. I think you'll love it.
Blue Jaypeg
8. Blue Jaypeg
Thank you for the hint about detaching the Kindle before modifying the files. That's worth a couple hours of trial and error by itself!!

Here's part of my process for cataloging my beloved series--

In Calibre, there are 2 "edit metadata" screens-- one for individual books and one for Bulk editing. In the individual screen, you can page down thru books in a series by pressing NEXT.

I go to Fantastic Fiction and copy and paste the list of books in a series into a text file

Starting at the top of a list of books in a series, I copy and paste the complete list of titles into the COMMENTS field of the individual book edit metadata screen.

If the titles have a maddening similarity I insert the H/h names after the titles.

One of the convert settings in Calibre is "insert metatdata into beginning of book." The Comments Field appears right after the Cover in the Calibre-converted book. Then I have a complete list of the titles in a series, pasted into each book of the series.

Calibre's indivdual edit metadata screen also permits you to "generate" an unattractive cover that contains the title, author, and place in series. For example "Play of Passion; Nalini Singh; Psy-Changelings 9"

I wish Amazon would improve the Kindle firmware to the level of a freeware Android application-- allow bookshelves, series sorting, genre grouping. The Collection Feature is better than nothing, but it's too much manual selection on a 4-direction controller.
Laurie Gold
9. LaurieGold
Wow...you really manipulate Calibre's metadata option! I thought about working more with it, but didn't, and here's why: When it's time to upgrade to the next generation of Kindle, all the books I "renamed" that I bought from Amazon will, I think, need to be redownloaded via Amazon to allow me access, and I'll need to re-organize them. So I try to do as little as I can knowing that in the future I'll need to do it again. I think this may be changing. If Amazon's cyberbookshelf for each user allowed us to upload to Amazon and simply redownload to a new device, I'd start doing what you do in a flash.
Renee Meilleur
10. Darkfan
I just began using Calibre and I could not find the time to learn how to use it properly. So I want to thank youLaurie for your article on how to organize a library. I will start this week-end. Thanks a lot lot lot...
NicoleinTX
11. Marisa_Madrid
As an old ereader too, my library has now about 4.000 books. I don't carry all of them around (I never would know what to read next) but only around 150. My library is organized with my faithful access and my ereader (Sony PRS-350, same tips but with a nice adding because of another interesting free software: subcollections :D Imagine, one level anthologies and you divide inside them ;) ) is organized with calibre (I agree with donation), mainly by genres (I don't need to organize by authors, they appear directly as collections because of the same software).

And my library is neatly ordered with title, series order, summary, my opinions....
Laurie Gold
12. LaurieGold
I love reading about how everybody organizes. Marisa, I'm fascinated that you don't keep all your books on your device because it would overwhelm you. Although I overwhelm easy (it can take me an hour to decide what kind of concealer to buy), having everything on my Kindle is one of its main lures. And Rene, Calibre initially confused me, but because I had a vision I forced myself through it. They've now made several updates to the software and I think it's made things more complex. I didn't install the last couple of updates because of that very reason. I have, though, talked somebody through how to use it over the phone.
Laurie Gold
13. LaurieGold
BTW, sorry for the time lag between some reader comments and my own. For some reason the subscription to conversation option isn't working on this article.
Jennie Newbrand
14. Coleen561
Laurie, I'll be getting my first Kindle next month for my birthday. I already have about 60 kindle books on my Macbook. Based on reading your article, I think I would get Calibre, set it all up on my computer (organize, categorize), and then plug in the brand new Kindle and transer the books to it. Have I understood this correctly? I'm fairly computer-savy, but I always appreciate help that saves me time and effort!

Thanks, Jennie
Laurie Gold
15. LaurieGold
If you bought the books from Amazon, you will need to download them to your Kindle first. You can go to Amazon and get the instructions. The problem with doing the work based on the copies you already have is that they are not yet "tied" to your Kindle, and you likely won't be able to open them unless you work from Kindle copies. So download them to your Kindle, copy them onto your computer, and then do the work. You can, though, sketch it out on paper or in your mind, and make lists. I kept a notepad next to me when I started this out because it can get confusing. And even though I was moving books from one Kindle to another, I learned the hard way that you can't work from the "old" copy. It's device specific. Hope I explained that properly.
Jennie Newbrand
16. Coleen561
Yes! That was very clear and helpful. All but a handful were purchased from Amazon. Fifteen years ago I used to design databases for mainframe-based systems, but then I became a SAHM. This sounds like a fun project, and I'm lucky to be able to start with a small library. My print library is much more extensive, and I do have it inventoried in a database. My main purpose in having all the books in my house (not just the romance) in a database is to avoid buying duplicates. With the romance books, my inventory helps me keep track of which books are in a series and the series order. Lastly, it's a fun little project for me because I often miss the work I used to do. Thanks again, Jennie (aka Coleen561)
Laurie Gold
17. LaurieGold
I've kept a database for almost 20 years at this point, although I adapted it into a spreadsheet so I could put it into the Cloud on Google. It's not as complex, obviously, but it covers the important things.
NicoleinTX
18. Kiesa
Thanks for your post. I just ran acress it while looking for good ways to organize my Kindle. Any suggestions on how to deal with omnibus books? I have several series from Baen and they seem to do a lot of omnibus editions.
Laurie Gold
19. LaurieGold
It depends. Is it a collection from the same author or many? If it's the collected works of author x, you might use that as the title, or pull out an anchor. If it's multiple authors, I'd still use the same rule. Pull out an anchor item or author and live with that, or upload it more than once, with different titles/authors, so you can find it. You might title a collection "omnibus" or "anthology" and dump those editions there. I tend to use the anchor method.
NicoleinTX
20. kaze
If you have a Mac, try Scida, books can simply dropped to the Kindle's collections, just like when moving files in Finder
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/46767/scida
Laurie Gold
21. LaurieGold
Thanks for the suggestion...I'm going to follow that link this weekend!
NicoleinTX
22. phil
HELP!
I d/l calibre, made the folder on my Mac, transferred the items from the Kindle drive to the flolder (there were only 4).
Went to the library shelf in calibre and clicked on show books in calibre library...and nothing happened.
Now I'm totally lost {;-(
Laurie Gold
23. LaurieGold
Phil, you actually need to import the books on Calibre. Here's a youtube video that illustrates how you add them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB7CF2bwhs0
NicoleinTX
24. Ilona
So sorry, but I am confused, you said click on "Library" and it'll add all the books from the Kindle folder you created on your computer......will Calibre automatically know just WHERE I created that file? Because after I press Library all I see is the books I used Calibre to convert to mobi format and not all the books that I copied from my Kindle? thanks for your help!
Laurie Gold
25. LaurieGold
If I understand your question, you've plugged your kindle into your computer and copied all the files onto your hard drive in a file folder alled kindle. Then you disconnected your kindle device from your computer. Going into Calibre, you create the library by point the program to that file folder you just created and it will import those files.
NicoleinTX
26. Ilona
Thank you, Laurie, for your time :) When I press "Library", a pop-up appears telling me to choose a Library and offeres 3 options: 1.Use the previously existing library at the new location 2. Create an empty library at the new locations 3. Move current library to the new locations. This same pop-up also allows me to point to a specific location I want, once I choose one of the three above options. If I select the newly created folder "Kindle", an error mssg pops up saying "There's no calibre library" Any ideas?
Laurie Gold
27. LaurieGold
I am not aware of this error...you may want to try Create an empty library, and then once you've done so, use the "add" feature. Sorry I can't be of more help.
NicoleinTX
28. Ilona
Thanks for you help anyway! I'll let you know if I come up with a solution :)
NicoleinTX
29. Ilona
Totally worked :)Now I have another questions, once I'm done editing all the metadata files, do I just copy what's in the Kindle/CalibreLibrary(that's the new library I created and wos changing the metadata files in) onto kindle/documents? thanks you!
Laurie Gold
30. LaurieGold
Glad it worked! When you are done with Calibre changes, plug your Kindle back up and use Calibre's upload feature. If you ever use copy/paste, you must always do all the folders...documents, audio, metadata...all five or six of them and never just do documents. They link in some way.
NicoleinTX
31. zwbookworm
Hi,

Great post, here is something I have learned though. If you want the files names to reflect the series of the books on your Kindle - do the following:

Go to Preferences>Metadata Plugboards. By Add new plugboard, choose the book format you read on your Kindle. Choose your device in the block next to that and then in the block labelled Source Template, put in the folloing: {series} {series_index:0>3s|| - }{title}.
Choose title in the destination field block next to this. Click Save Plugboard.

After doing this, Calibre will automatically name your book as per the below when you add a new book: Guild Hunter Series 09 - Archangel's Storm.

You can also use the Plug in for Kindle Collections to make collections based on your tags, series, authors or any other meta data you want to create collections of.

Hope this helps.
Laurie Gold
32. LaurieGold
Thanks for that tip. I bow down to you...you know more about Calibre than I do and never even heard of that plug-in. In fact, I just discovered plug-ins for Calibre last week, trying to strip the drm off an ebook I'd bought so I could actually get it named properly. Alas, in this instance it did not and now I'm stuck with an un-arranged ebook that's part of a long-running series. It's so frustrating to pay for a product and not be able to use it the way you want to use it!
Cynthia Bateman
33. jacksmom
Keep trying with the DRM removal plug-in. It took me three tries to get it working, and I would swear I installed it the same every time. Obviously not. Its worth it, though. I'm an avowed series reader, and completely OCD about editing my titles to include series name and number. I read off 2 different Kindles, and iphone, and an ipad, and when I visit my mother....she doesn't have cell or internet. So I take my books with me on USB. Sanity saver.

I'm setting up Calibre Portable now. Seems like its taking an eternity for my library to copy. I should have done it in bits in pieces so it wouldn't try my patience like this. Has anyone else set it up? I'm wondering if my custom columns will make it over or if just the metadata transfers. I'm at 83% and wondering if its going to be a mess or not. Calibre is still great fun, either way.
NicoleinTX
34. RoseZbiegien
Do you know if Calibre works with the Kindle Fire HD? This is the Kindle i have and it would be a great advantage to me without having to hand list all the books i have on my Kindle.

Thank you
Laurie Gold
35. LaurieGold
I believe it does. There may be an additional step involved, though. I encourage you to check out this link - http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57349056-285/how-to-make-e-books-show-up-under-books-on-the-kindle-fire/ - for an option you may want to use that isn't an issue for those of us not using the Kindle Fire but instead the e-ink Kindle.
NicoleinTX
36. Gabriel
Hey Laurie! Do you also use calibre to organize Kindle's Collections? It is my understanding calibre doesn't work with Kindle's collections unless you install a plugin (which is not compatible with all Kindles)

I've been looking for a way to manage my collections but there doesn't seem to be a way to do it with now with calibre. :(

Are your books organized in Collections on your Kindle?
NicoleinTX
37. dws
I've used Calibre for a few years now and have still only scratched the surface of it's potential. a couple of comments:

1. I use a plugin on calibre to convert all my kindle books to epub so they can be read on my Nook.

2. by loading all my books in Calibre, I will always have them on the hard drive of my laptop. Meaning, when Kobo, B&N or Amazon crater, the books I paid for are still with me...not solely tied to someone else's website. And if I get a new e-reader, i do NOT have to redownload books from amazon, kobo, etc....I would just download them from my laptop.

3. since I have used a program called 'Android to Nook' to turn my Nook color into a true android tablet, I use an app called Calibre Companion to have Calibre talk wirelessly to my nook AND when I change metadata in calibre on my laptop, it will change it on my nook too.

4. If you are really interested in calibre, I suggest you visit mobileread.com. that's where the calibre help forum is and it's been a huge help to me.
Laurie Gold
38. LaurieGold
Gabriel, in the article I write in length about just how I use Calibre for my e-ink Kindle. There's a link a couple of comments above on how to use it for the Kindle Fire.
NicoleinTX
39. hkmd7
Would this program work with my iPad? I assume there would be additional steps invovled but I have a ton of e-books for Kindle, Nook and iBooks. Thanks.
Laurie Gold
40. LaurieGold
I think there is a Calibre iPad app, but don't know how it interfaces. You should go to the Calibre site and check it out. If you have the Kindle or Nook app on your iPad, you can use Calibre to turn all your books into mobile or epub format, you can transfer the files via USB if iPad has a USB port.
Stacy Scudder
41. chameleon68
For anthologies that have short stories from several series, keep in mind that you can add your own columns to Calibre. I have 3 columns for series names and numbers that helps keep it all organized. I don't know if the newer versions of Calibre will look at those added columns if you do a series search, though. The older versions didn't so I'm in the habit of searching for authors instead. Just put the & symbol between author names and you can list as many as you want for a single book.

I've also added columns that tell me what format I have of the book - ebook, print, or audio. Then I know what options I have for reading or listening.
Linda Womack
42. fulltimer56
Thanks for this write up, Laurie! I have the Kindle 3, a Tablet and a PC that I keep my 15,000+ titles on. I have not use Calibre before but I will be downloading it and checking it out. Again THANK YOU!!

Linda
NicoleinTX
43. Furie
I've been looking into getting a Kindle for a while. For years I've read books on my phone and edited metadata using Calibre when needed. I have a Kindle specific question though.

Does editing the metadata on a book via Calibre interfere with getting an updated copy from Amazon when the author issues a free update? Specifically, would I have to re-edit the metadata on the new version (assuming it downloads at all) or would it stay sorted out like the previous version had been?
Stacy Scudder
45. chameleon68
Furie, if you download the updated book and just add it to the book with metadata you've already edited in Calibre, it shouldn't change anything. You're just combining two books. In Calibre, it's Merge Book Records in the Edit Metadata menu. Or you can select the two books and type M on the keyboard to merge their records.
NicoleinTX
46. Jimbo19355
So if we store our books within the Amazon cloud (because of multiple devices, or whatever,) we have no ability to organize?

I haven't found any method to organize in the cloud, but I haven't done an exhaustive study.
NicoleinTX
48. SBBoys
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR KINDLE FIRE USERS:I have a Kindle Fire HD 8.9. I add titles to Calibre (I have over 3,000) and
if they were originally in mobi format, I convert them to epub then erase the mobi version. (Calibre isn't able to change metadata for mobi files yet) I change the title of the book to reflect the series, series number then book title. So it looks like this: Black Jewels 00 The Invisible Ring (prequel), Black Jewels 01 Daughter of the Blood... Black Jewels 08 Twilights Dawn (final) or another example: Broken Heart 07 Cross Your Heart, Broken Heart 07.5 The Early Girl Catches The Blood Wolf. I then convert them to mobi. Now my books are listed alphabetically by series then numerically in series, including short stories. I don't use the "Tags" field because there are just too many ways I could label my series and since Kindle Fire does't sort according to "Series" I also don't bother filling in that data field. I save both the epub and mobi version to my harddrive by author in a single folder, then delete them from my Calibre Library. I then just transfer my books by drag 'n drop to my Kindle from my harddrive. If in future I ever have to change something in the title or metadata field, I erase the mobi version, add the epub file back to Calibre, change the info then re-covert back to mobi and save again to my harddrive.
This took me a few months to figure out by trial and error, but is soooooo useful for the Kindle Fire!! I hope this helps out other Fire users.
NicoleinTX
49. DawnS
I just stumbled upon the article recently and was wondering, which is the Kindle III? I have the Kindle with the keyboard built in under the screen, is that the same one?

And does anyone know of the largest storage size kindle available? Mine is 4MB, but it seems I'm running out of space, as it keeps resetting itself everytime I use it lately. I've been sticking to reading on the Fire instead of getting frustrated when I go to "turn" a page & it freezes and then resets on me!

Thanks for any help!
Laurie Gold
50. LaurieGold
There are so many new Kindles available. I recently got my third. Go to Amazon and look at the offerings. My new one is the Kindle Touch, which offers more memory than my Paper white, which is my second Kindle.
ivorybow
51. ivorybow
Hello Laurie, thank you for all this work. I have a Paperwhite II. I got all the way through, to your instructions to plug the Kindle back into my computer and upload the books, then delete the originals. This is where I am stuck. What is the process for uploading the books to my Kindle?
Laurie Gold
52. LaurieGold
First off, I'm in the process of writing a follow up piece to this, so look for it in January. To answer your question specifically, there is a "send to device" button among all the icons running across the top of Calibre. It is not visable until your Kindle is connected to your computer and Calibre. This is what it looks like. Once your Kindle and Calibre are connected, you paint the range of titles you want to upload, then hit the "send to device" button.
ivorybow
53. ivorybow
Wow, you are amazing to answer so fast! So, there are several choices under the menu..I selected Send To Main Memory. Can I delete them from my Kindle by using Calibre? I am afraid to try that so I will do it on my Kindle. Thank you so much for this. I have all of Victoria Danann's Black Swan series and also Teresa Gabelman, and I am starting on Bella Forest. I did as you suggested, plus tried
zwbookworm's advice. though I can't see what if anything that has done....unless it is to come later after adding a new title. It was a little confusing because of several choices not mentioned in that post. Again, thank you for this great and very helpful post
Laurie Gold
54. LaurieGold
If you are comfortable using Calibre, by all means use it to remove items from your Kindle. Send to Main Memory is how you send books from your computer to your Kindle. When you've got Calibre open and your Kindle connected, you'll see a new field on the very left of the screen on your monitor. It's the screen that lets you know which items, if any, that you have in Calibre, are on your Kindle. After you "send to main memory," you'll see the checkmark appear next to those items. As long as you don't delete from both Kindle and Calibre, you still have a copy. Again, though, I always recommend starting a Kindle/Calibre session by saving your Kindle content to your hard drive in case you do something wrong.
Post a comment