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Initial post: Nov 18, 2011 7:46:23 AM PST
Rainman says:
Looks on the past few pages and could not see a thread.

I love my new Fire, but it lacks the ability for me to create book collections. I think this is a major letdown, considering this is branded as a Kindle device. I realize it's a tablet, but it's a KINDLE tablet.

I love having the ability to download all my books to my device and then organizing them into collections.

Anyone else with me on this?

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 7:51:08 AM PST
Stewart says:
I am, but not holding my breath. Maybe next s/w upgrade to Fire

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2011 12:17:45 PM PST
Mutt says:
I am definitely with you on this!!!

Posted on Nov 18, 2011 12:21:04 PM PST
Barbrak1 says:
Collections are the only way to go when you have 500 plus bokks. Come on Amazon we are waiting on you.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 10:58:32 AM PST
Gardner says:
I use the collection view exclusively on my old kindle, so I was already worried that I'd have to redo them all on a new device since collection info is not saved on the cloud. Not having categories at all on the fire is almost a deal breaker for using the fire as a primary reading device ( which, correct or not, it is being marketed as). After downloading dozens of free books to try someday, who can remember which was comedy, mystery or drama? Amazon, bibliophiles LIKE organization!! Is it because of the android OS which has traditionally been difficult to organize without add-on folder apps?

Bottom line- great tablet, bad reading device.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 5:55:48 AM PST
Chris Storey says:
The lack of ability to organize content into collections seriously hampers use of the Fire as an ebook reader. The ability to create have multiple bookcase/lists screens that allow the user to put content items on any screen would greatly enhance the Fires useability.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 6:02:16 AM PST
Fuzzy says:
With the cloud there is no reason to keep large collections on the Fire. It has limited internal memory to begin with. I am only keeping the books that I am currently reading or intend to read next on my Fire. So I don't really need collections in the Fire. On my K3 it is different, all the books are in collections and it makes them much easier to find and keep track of.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2011 6:20:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2011 6:22:07 AM PST
Stewart says:
Right. I am currently working to understand all of the features and workings of the Fire so that by Christmas time, I will be able to explain/demonstrate them for my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson [who I got the Fire for in the first place]. I expect Amazon to solve the Carousel problem before Christmas.

After some thought, I like the separate account/credit card approach for him/them. I will probably use a USPS card and give them a starter $50 account along with the Fire at Christmas time. Then I can turn over the admin. and book buying to them. I have practices De-registration, new credit card assignment, and am now "messing" with moving books and establishing separate book shelves. I am only then need a way to label each shelf section. I hope someone has a suggestion.

I am fortunate to already have 3 Kindles and 2 iPads so I have plenty of readers. I got thrown off track by Amazon loading my entire 300 + book archive upon initial registration. Sigh!!

I am thankful for all of the tips and helpful suggestions from the forum though. Thank you all.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 7:10:55 PM PST
KSR says:
How does Amazon expect us to track/organize our books. I have close to 200 books on my original Kindle saved in Collections. I don't always remember authors or titles, so it's helpful to have them in categories. It's all lost with the Fire... now all I have is a long, long list of books. This is practically a deal breaker... wish I'd realized the flaw with the Fire before I bought it. I won't recommend the Fire to anyone who buys a lot of books. I am just amazed that this valuable feature is missing with the Fire... and extremely frustrated.

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 7:23:28 PM PST
Received my kindle today and was very very disappointed to find no way to catogorize my books. I like to keep all my books on my device. What happpens when I'm not near a wireless connection and want a book? I almost didn't purchase the Fire due to the lack of 4G and now I almost wish I didn't upgrade with the loss of the collections.. Please Please amazon.. fix this SOON!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 7:10:07 AM PST
Stewart says:
KSR, et al.
I am convinced that Amazon will provide a solution before Christmas or lose lots of sales. The word is getting around.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 11:46:41 PM PST
I wouldn't have bought the Fire if I realized there was no way to organize my books. Was going to get one for each family member for christmas, 7 kids, but not now. We read a lot and there is no way I can even begin to find my new books. they aren't even marked "new"

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 3:55:24 AM PST
Bflag says:
Thanks all, I was going to buy one soon after seeing a friend's and realizing the 7" screen isnt a horrible loss compared to 10". Lacking collections for books however will make me wait for the next generation...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2011 6:58:35 AM PST
Stewart says:
I certainly can understand your frustration, but consider establishing a separate account [you can use your current account card [I am assuming you already have an Amazon account] and just put your "Fire reading" in there.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 8:36:51 PM PST
Soulgrrl says:
I just scored a Kindle Fire today for the limited deal offer @ Target. I jumped on the deal because of the price point, but I was initially reluctant to purchase b/c as a Kindle 3 keyboard user, I love the e ink display...and more importantly, having the ability to organize my books in collections has been a must have feature. I'm a big fantasy/sci fi reader and I purchased the Fire for a relative who's even more of an avid fantasy reader than I am. These genre of books are notorious for being in ongoing/multiple series and being able to organize them has been a godsend.

I had no idea you couldn't do this on the Fire until I powered it up today and added a few books. I'm frankly flabbergasted this wasn't included...terribly shortsighted of Amazon. If they don't add this feature before Christmas, I'm returning it posthaste and buying the Kindle Keyboard instead.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 3:07:15 PM PST
Question: I have kindle one and have purchased fire. Will the content I've saved on my Kindle 1 be accessible on Fire?

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 3:09:43 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
Yes. If you register the fire to the same account as your K1 then all the books will in the archives waiting for you to download them.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 9:37:58 PM PST
Greg L. says:
I really miss the ability to group books into collections.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2011 10:32:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2011 10:32:55 PM PST
Q says:
Me too. So I'm keeping my list of downloaded books to only around 50.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011 10:58:16 PM PST
Calling this a Kindle Fire instead of an Amazon Fire is going to bite them in the butts in the long run. The Fire is as much a Kindle as any smart phone is that can run the Kindle Android app, and despite a few minor, cosmetic changes that is all that is running on the Fire.

I love the device, but I find I am becoming less and less enthusiastic about recommending it to people. It streams Amazon videos, it does magazines, it connects to your digital Amazon purchases. That is its only edge on other devices. The price is nice, but it seems like it is already getting competition from tablets that are actually tablets.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 3:59:38 PM PST
I was so excited to finally get my Kindle Fire. Now I am so disappointed that I can't organize my books. I read way too much to try to remember them all. I do have the Kindle 3G and loved it. I am so tempted to go back to it and give the Fire as a gift.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 4:52:49 PM PST
Laurielts says:
I just keep what I am currently reading on the Fire. There is a limited amount of space available anyway and I have my Kindle 3 where I keep my entire library organised into collections. All my digital content is safe on the cloud anyway. The Fire works great for me.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 6:57:10 AM PST
NG says:
Hmmm. I went to the "New" (unread) collection on my K2 to make sure my books for a cruise were on the Fire (using the K2 collections as a card catalog till the Fire gets collections or directories.) 2 (from Amazon) were missing. Not on the device or in the cloud. I wonder why.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 12:16:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2011 12:18:37 PM PST
With over 600 books and a brain that remembers categories but not exactly author names and titles, I depended on categorizing my books on my Kindle DX. Unfortunately, the Kindle DX is made of fairly low quality plastic which, despite a leather protective case, split in three places including the controller toggle - thereby rendering the device useless and inaccessible. Thus I bought the Kindle Fire in the full expectation that I could continue to use the collections feature to manage my Amazon library. However, on my Kindle Fire currently, I can search only by name, title, or recent, and so I can find pretty much nothing that I am looking for.

A few people have responded that since books are stored in the cloud, it doesn't matter whether they are on the Kindle Fire or not. The issue is not where the books are but how to find one among many if you have no ability to organize and categorize your books. I can search on the cloud only by title and author - so looking on the cloud does not help me find a title I enjoyed a few months ago and wish to go back to.

I feel that we should be able to categorize our books from the "Manage Your Kindle" portion of the Amazon website. This would then allow us to search for titles in the cloud by category and would also permit the downloading of books by category to any device we are using. Furthermore, you'd only have to categorize things once - and - hopefully - you could do the categorizing at the time you buy it if the software were well written.

The lack of collections on my Kindle Fire is quite a limitation and I'd not recommend the device to serious readers until it is fixed.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 7:03:22 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 30, 2011 7:03:53 AM PST
Rainman says:
I'm glad to see the majority of people responding to be with me on this idea. I can understand the idea behind the cloud storage with is great and I love that my Fire has that ability. My issue, as others in this thread have stated, is I read a lot of book series such as epic fantasy. We are talking series of books that contain 10+ novels each. I love having the ability to have all the books I have purchased, on my device, and being able to create a folder or collection or whatever and name it the Title of the series. That way, I can have one page of collections, that have all the books I want access to at a given time. Because maybe I am weird, but I like going back to earlier books sometimes and reading chapters to refresh my memory and having collections is just a very easy and clean way to organize my collection. So please Amazon, this needs to happen. Your device is amazing, but this is a very small, but much needed feature that needs to be implemented considering this is designed as your flagship device.
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