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Organizing Books on Kindle Fire

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Initial post: Oct 20, 2012 7:13:16 AM PDT
TKovaleski says:
Does anyone know how to create folders and organize books on the Kindle Fire?

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 7:35:06 AM PDT
Amy_G says:
You can't, the Fire doesn't come with that capability. There is an app you can purchase from the Kindle Fire Dept group, but its a bit clunky to use. I was excited when it came out and downloaded it, but promptly gave up using it. Just another reason I'm glad to have a Kindle Paperwhite now, I can organize everything again. I love my fire for lots of reasons, but organization isn't one of them.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 7:48:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2012 7:51:50 AM PDT
LilDragon says:
I have a Fire 1st gen and bought ($2.99) an app that works great for me to create folders and organize my books. I don't know if that's the same one Amy was talking about or another one. Mine is called BOOK COLLECTIONS and I'm so glad I spent those 3 bucks to buy it.
This is the link to it, Book Collections

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 8:08:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 20, 2012 8:08:30 AM PDT
Amy_G says:
Yes TexasLady thats the one! I wanted so badly to like it but maybe its because I had so many books to organize that it just got very tedious really quickly and I gave up. Maybe if I had had it before I downloaded so many books and could have organized them as I downloaded them to the Fire it wouldn't have been so bad.

Posted on Oct 20, 2012 8:45:51 AM PDT
LilDragon says:
Amy, I agree, starting to sort books is a pain when you have many books and, naturally, don't remember what kind of books you have (e.g. romance, horror, humor, want to keep, etc etc). I had about 50 at that time and took the time (yes, it took a while :-( ) to check out the books on amazon to get an idea what I had (reading the description).
Since then, when I download a book, I put it in the folder right then. Or, in case I download several, I jot down the first word or so of the title and to which folder it goes to. For instance, "Blue moon over New York" (=NOT a real title, I made it up) that I want to add to my "travel" folder, I jot down "blue, trav". That way I can easily locate the book/s later and add to the folder/s.

What I like a lot about that app is that I can add the same book to several folders. For instance, the above "Blue moon over New York" book contains a lot of places I want to see (goes to "travel" folder), has many yummy recipes I might want to try (goes to "recipes"), and it's also a great love story (goes to "romance").

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 7:21:11 AM PDT
I purchased this app last week and spent the weekend moving my books to collections. The only problem is some of the books came over to the app with numbers and letters only not the real name of the book. I went into the pop up that said it didn't have a name and location and typed in the name but when I went out of the app it went back to the same number/letter mode. How do I get the name and cover to come over right?

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 4:40:45 PM PST
Mary Graham says:
I was going to send my Kindle Fire back mainly because I couldn't organize my books into collections. There are other miner quirks with the KD that I can live with but the inability to organize my large book collection was driving me nuts. However, I will buy the book collection app that Texas Lady mentioned and see if that works. I really don't want to give up my KD so I'll keep my fingers crossed that the app works!

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 4:58:47 PM PST
Wondering says:
If the app doesn't work, you could always try an web-based solution like Shelfari or Goodreads. The advantage to that solution is if the device dies and has to be replaced, your shelves aren't affected.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 5:06:13 PM PST
Mary Graham says:
Hmmm. I'll try Shelfari or Goodreads over the weekend and let you know how they worked. Thanks for the info.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 6:16:55 PM PST
K. Aranda says:
i will try it, 2.99 isn't horrible ppl forget how much they spend on gas ect. and if it will relieve this headache, awesome!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 10:48:32 AM PST
J. R. says:
Except for the fact that the other Kindle already had this built in. Why would they not put it into the current models? Makes NO sense whatsoever. I'm mad because I bought my wife a fire to replace the old Kindle, but I see her all the time using the old one because of the ability to use collections. Amazon, please put this feature into an update SOON!

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 9:49:10 AM PST
Seriously?!? Still no apps or updates to organize books?!?!? The only app I found on Amazon was "Collections" - but most of the reviews were negative - ugh!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2012 9:53:12 AM PST
I love Amazon, but this issue is ridiculous and should have been resolved three Kindle versions ago---

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 4:10:40 AM PST
Diane Austin says:
This is definitely a negative for the Kindle Fire. Being able to organize your books is so basic - kindergartners do it! I have a second gen. Kindle that did have this ability so I have been sadly surprised and disappointed at this missing basic feature.

Posted on Dec 26, 2012 7:36:48 PM PST
Amazon does not currently have the folder option for the kindle App or Kindle Fire. Write to them here to let them know we want the option. Last I heard they were not planning to make it an option.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 10:25:43 PM PST
aries_BLU says:
I have the first generation Kindle Fire, but I'm thinking of trading it in so I can get a paperwhite - I just have too many books and the lack of organization is driving me crazy.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 1:14:37 PM PST
Ryan says:
Petition Amazon for an update that allows it.. :D

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 12:22:19 AM PST
This is one of the reasons that I don't have a Kindle Fire. At over 1,200 books I would have to have a way of organizing them. I organize them on my Kindle 2 by author and series. Its the only way I'd find my books when I want to read a series by a certain author. without the collection feature on the Kindle 2 I would be lost trying to find all the books I wanted in my vast collection. Only problem is I am kinda needing to upgrade to a new Kindle because I am thinking I will need more space soon and my kindle 2 seems to be lagging a bit when I want to change pages. They really really need to fix this or at least let it be an option.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 12:51:06 AM PST
Hello Everyone,
Glad to know I am not alone in my frustration with the Kindle Fire not having book catalog ability. Shelfari is good and as I mentioned I too purchased the collections app for $2:99. The problem is I have hundreds of books and its exhausting not to mention that as soon as I am out of that app I see the mess of my library again. As I said frustrating. Please please keep posting to this discussion to make it a prominent issue as am told it helps and also to email direct at as well. In each email keep mentioning this post. If we all keep at this they will get us that update. strength in numbers my fellow readers.
Ps: While we are at it we could try to push for an update to get brief synopsis of books by covers in our libraries so we don't have to check Internet every time we wonder what an unread book is about or read it blind.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2013 12:57:31 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
we may be frustrated by it, but being that people have been clamoring/demanding/screaming about and for it for well over a year on the original Kindle Fires and yet amazon still released the 2nd generation of Fires without it, but did include the equally as desired Parental Controls, I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for it - I tend to think it must be a lot more complex/harder to implement than most people think

plus if app writers haven't been able to come up with a decent version....

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2013 1:12:19 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Since search over both device and cloud on Fire is very fast, and web browser is decent, I found organizing books on and using it as a kind of catalog quite workable workaround. Another option is Calibre with its content web server.

I think Amazon will come up with something eventually; they probably think that average Fire user does not read as much as those opting for e-ink Kindles, so that parental controls and other kid-friendly features got higher priority.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 1:20:59 AM PST
Well I wasn't impressed by the Collections app but will look into Calibre.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2013 1:25:47 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Ava, Calibre runs on your PC; you can import your books and enter/import all kinds of info on them, and "publish" that using their tiny web server. But, again, it is not a Fire app.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2013 1:31:05 AM PST
W. Laine says:
If Shelfari makes one's library public, I would not care for that. Also, I'd prefer not to have to go online to see my ebook library. I found the Collections app frustrating & gave up on it. I have used Calibre for about 3 years now, & find it especially useful to keep track of the ebooks I get elsewhere from amazon, mostly public domain ebook websites. I like that Calibre adds estimated page numbers to books I have it send to my K3, but that feature doesn't work with my Fire HD.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2013 7:49:15 AM PST
emsscot says:
I put in a Google search to find out how to organize my books on the Kindle Fire. Given the Basic Kindle has that ability, I just thought that the Fire organization was too "sophisticated" for my non-electronic brain. I'm astounded to learn that it isn't me but it just isn't possible to organize the books. How on earth did that happen? What would make the Kindle makers assume that would be acceptable to their customers? I was about to also question why they wouldn't let the public know before they buy the Fire but even I can work out that obvious answer! I wish I had known beforehand and I would have kept my basic Kindle. This is totally unacceptable and needs to be fixed.
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