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Initial post: Dec 26, 2010 7:45:06 PM PST
I apologize if this has been covered recently, I didn't see a relevant topic. Is there a way to sort my collections? I'd like to put them in alphabetical order, but right now they seem to be randomly sorted.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 7:50:25 PM PST
If you use a symbol first (I just use a period) then the collections will be first on your home page. Of course that is assuming you don't have a book title that starts with a symbol. The collections still won't be sorted alphabetically but what can you do ehhh.

For more suggestions search for sorting collections.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 7:58:03 PM PST
Drat. I took your suggestion to search (didn't notice that feature) and apparently there is currently no way to sort the collections. The random sorting is apparently by 'most recent use.' Hopefully Amazon will correct this problem in the future. Why have collections without the ability to order them properly? Odd.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 9:05:30 PM PST
Petrichor says:
Hi Fox,
If you take your cursor up to the top where it states "Most recent First", you can then scroll across to choose title, author or collection as your sorting option.
I prefer Most Recent as I can quickly get back into the book I was just reading.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 12:29:29 AM PST
krystalspin says:
If you sort by Collections, the Collections are listed first, followed by any books/subscriptions not "in" a Collection, with each of those two sections ordered by Most Recently Accessed.

If you sort by Title, the Collections and ALL books are listed in Alphabetical order. If you do what Wingnut suggested and put a symbol at the start of your Collection names, they will list first, in alpha-order followed by ALL books -- but if you keep all books "in" a Collection, you never have to look at the rest of the Home screens past the ones that have the Collections.

My own system is to limit Collections to one page (10 on a K2i) -- sort by Collections -- my six blogs and current reading books (which I remove from Collections) are then on the second of two pages, one quick click from pushing Home. Every week or so, I spent 30 seconds reordering my 10 Collections back to alpha-order by opening them in reverse alphabetic order, hitting Back after each open.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 11:38:03 AM PDT
Tuck says:
Any chance Amazon plans to adjust this by allowing us to sort collections in alphabetical order? Maybe I am a little OCD but it just drives me nuts that I can't get it to do that.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 12:00:05 PM PDT
csatl says:
There appears the sorting of the collections is based on when its content was recently referenced: the most recently referenced collection used to appear on top, which is acceptable; just a few days ago, all of sudden, it changed to put the most recently referenced collection to the end, which is totally useless.
Can't Amazon do something about how to organize the content on the Kindle 3G? It is pathetic being the way it is now.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 12:04:49 PM PDT
I agree it would be nice to have the ability to sort collections alphabetically. Most recent is not too bad however, since the collections I access most, Reading and To Be Read, are usually on top.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 12:27:19 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
Your kindle has lost track of the time. Turn on wireless and do a sync&check. If the order is still screwy, do Home/Menu/Settings and page forward to the set time option...I think it's on page 2.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 10:18:59 PM PDT
krystalspin says:
@ csatl

Do as Carbonbased said, or simpler (assuming you have a K3), go Home/Menu/Settings/NextPage and set your time which will magically set your date.

The books/Collections that are at the end now, will still be wrong, until you reopen each of them and close it, giving it a correct "date stamp".

There are lots of suggestions for organization schemes. Different people like different ways, and we wouldn't want Amazon to impose any specific method. My method is two above your post, above, written on 27 December 2010.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2011 3:47:04 PM PDT
Well, they already kinda impose a specific method. Collections get sorted by date last used, and that's it. There's no other way to sort the collections. You can sort the books differently, by collection/author/etc., but not the collections.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 3:48:59 PM PDT
Becktemba says:
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Posted on Nov 25, 2011 10:49:17 AM PST
TedTurner says: how can you sort by the order you want to read? I've even renamed the files to put an A, B, C at the beginning of the Title and still won't put them in order when i sort by Title. Does it retain a cache of the previous filename? I must be going crazy.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 7:16:57 AM PST
mike palmer says:
I'd also love the ability to sort collections alphabetically. My collections are just by author. (ex., a collection called "Stephen King", another one called "Alastair Reynolds", etc.), and right now it's not a huge problem because I don't have too many books, but with time, I'll have more authors and thus more collections.

Clearly just an OCD thing. I just like making lists and sorting them.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2011 9:40:35 AM PST
Tuck says:
It is an OCD thing. I have OCD and this is something that really bothers me. Is it a hard thing for Amazon to implement? Not at all. The fact that they do not, and did not think to implement it, shows a disregard for people who like having things a very specific way such as myself and others. Come on, you are a company that makes millions/billions of dollars a year. Do NOT tell me that you can't think about this stuff before you make a product!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2011 9:43:25 AM PST
Bridget Ruth says:
So I guess I shouldn't tell you that the Touch organizes collections alphabetically? So considering the fact that the Touch does but the others don't makes me think it's a tad more complicated than you realize. I don't know how or why, just that.

Posted on May 3, 2012 6:54:32 AM PDT
CP says:
Wow, just found out today "Kindle for Mac" can't sort its Collections. It's May of 2012 today and there's really no excuse to lack this basic functionality.

Amazon has truly shocked me and affected my confidence in their Kindle management team with this. What an insult to the intelligence of book readers who have bookshelves in their homes for collections organization. If they can't even grasp this basic simple concept of implementing basic organizational functionality into the Kindle apps, I really have nothing more to say about the competence of the Kindle team.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 11:02:08 PM PDT
jvinje says:
Another Year.... Still can't sort collections... Wow... This can't be that complicated...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 11:10:39 PM PDT
Loz says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013 5:45:21 AM PDT
Sorted and nested collections wouldn't have been hard in the 1980's when I started programming -- it's 2013, what the hell's the problem?

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 8:57:28 AM PDT
Link to an old discussion about sorting collections, especially if you are a fussbudget. None of this applies to Fire models

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2014 8:02:58 PM PST
People don't think this adds to the discussion? Add another voice: even as a low level developer you're very clear about the easy of adding data sorting views to an app. If you can sort something by "last time accessed" you can add an option to sort it in alphanumeric order as well.

Why would I create collections if all I need to do is see what I last read? I can do that, in more than one way. If I create a collection category 'm doing it so that I can (one would assume) quickly locate something specific (say, an item my "reference" collection). As another (former) developer, if you can sort data by "last time accessed," adding "alphanumeric order" is a matter of minutes at most. Looking how long people have brought up the subject.

People (at least I) create a category which I use to organize items by type because this is often the easiest way to find something, especially if I have a lot of material which, if I don't split up, ends up being a great wall of items I have to scroll through.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2014 10:37:47 PM PST
Me too, can't believe that there is no way to sort a collection alphabetically by author.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 5:22:25 PM PDT
It's patently ridiculous that Amazon does not include the ability to sort the Collections in alpha-numeric order. I mean, if you're going to provide the means to sort your list of books by author name or title, why the hell wouldn't you provide the same function for your list of collections? It just doesn't make any sense. And since we're talking about sorting, why haven't they also provided a sort for copyright date? Come on Amazon, don't get sloppy and lazy on us..

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2014 11:44:59 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
because they use publisher date even on the website (the product details only list published date)
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