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Initial post: Nov 19, 2011 6:06:55 AM PST
So - I sent this to Amazon, but am hoping someone has an answer for how to deal with the actual problem.

Dear Amazon --

Why, oh why, oh WHY have you not given us a means of CUSTOMIZING the organization of our content (a) on the Kindle fire itself and (b) in our clouds?

Think about it - do you just store all your documents in 'My Documents?' No! Then you'd have to go through last week's review of the Twilight movie and the previous week's Christmas letter in order to get to your tax return - because you did that in October.

Alternatively, you have to go from your review of Xylophones: a history through the taxes & Twilight to get to the Christmas letter. What if you can't remember the title?

What if you can remember that the author's name begins with 'K' - giving you the option of going from Anon to K or from the Zanzibaran Tourist Authority to K?

What if you don't remember when you bought it, but do remember that it's a post-modern British science fiction novel, giving you the option to find it by 'Science fiction' 'modernism' or 'British literature?'

Consider the privacy issues. If you hand your Fire to your kid to watch Looney Toons, do you -really- want them asking you why (at the mildest) Lady Chatterly's Lover is the top item in your bookshelf, or what it's about??

Now -- this is not hard. I seem to recall creating directories in DOS. It was a whopping two characters: md. If you were feeling fancy, it was mk dir "name of the directory." It follows that it should not be hard to add a widget on the 'media library' to say 'Add a collection,' or 'organize?' It ought to be easy if Apple can come up with the 'Playlist' feature.

You allow us to synchronize bookmarks, highlights and comments - you ought to be able to synchronize SUBFOLDERS!! For crying out loud, even cutting and pasting on your computer lets you do that!

Fix this!! Fix it now!

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 12:38:02 PM PDT
Lisa says:
I have to vehemently agree with Katherine A. Verleger. I don't want to keep collections on a device, I want them to be in the cloud to logically archive all of the Kindle books I've bought from Amazon.

I'm kind of surprised Amazon hasn't fixed this already...

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 12:14:42 AM PST
Lemmy says:
any Solution ?

Posted on May 11, 2013 2:58:21 PM PDT
JustMelissa says:
I agree! Being able to create collections in the cloud is vital - then I could manage the content in one place and access that organizational system from all my devices. If nothing else I need to be able to put the books I've read into an 'archive' so I don't have to see them all intermixed with my to-be-read content. The only viable option Kindle provides now is for me to permanently delete the purchase which is not at all what I want to do.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2013 3:47:12 PM PDT
JustMelissa - If you want someone from Amazon to see your request, you need to email them instead of dredging up an 18 month old thread. You can mark your books as read, etc. at http://kindle.amazon.com/your_reading.

Email them at - kindle-feedback@amazon.com

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 10:58:38 AM PST
Mr. Clipper says:
Have spent a few days playing with Collections on IOS 7 Kindle App. This is great, but there are a few tweaks that need to be made.

1. Books can be manually ordered within a collection, but no way to order Collections themselves except for title and recent. Should be able to order collections in the same manner as books.

2. There is no button to close your current book and return to your collection that I have found yet. With two taps, you can return to the overall library, but cannot return to your current collection of interest. You must reopen the collection after being returned to the library.

3. I do not see a way to rename a particular collection. Must delete and recreate.

Otherwise, is a ton better than no collection feature at all. It just falls a little short in this first version at being as slick as the Apple collection iBook implementation. And of course the Amazon book store is a ton better than the iBook book store.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 11:08:35 AM PST
 Ann says:
@Mr. Clipper - You can edit a collection name. See http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201337460.

For the other issues, you might want to send feedback to Amazon. Click the "Contact Us" button on the right side of this page.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 12:03:02 PM PST
Keeping track on your pc is better than nothing. Try shelfari or goodreads.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2013 1:29:28 PM PST
Mr. Clipper says:
Thanks for the Collection rename help. I contend Amazon with the other two requests.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 1:34:15 PM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Cloud Collections have been announced as a feature coming in mid-November:

"Cloud Collections - Organize your apps, books, newspapers, and magazines in customized collections for easy reference. Amazon's Whispersync technology synchronizes the collections across your Kindle devices and reading apps."

Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display (Previous Generation - 3rd)

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 3:26:21 PM PST
Silly me. I thought my Kindle Fire HD would finally get a collection capability like my Kindle Keyboard & DX have. Guess the laugh's on me.

My Carousel is now a very long list of pretty randomly ordered books and personal documents. Yeah, I can separately sort those categories by title and author, but Geez. It's out of hand; the lists are way too long. Any serious clean-up has to be done online via "Manage My Kindle" and even that would be almost intolerable without a FireFox plugin to do block deletes.

I like the HDMI port on my Kindle. I was quite surprised that it's gone now. No, I don't want to get another gizmo to make a new Kindle Fire HDX do the same thing. And, no, I don't think I'll get an HDX anytime soon. I'll probably off load as much stuff as I can from the HD and organize it with COLLECTIONS on my other Kindles. I'll use the HD for handy email, surfing, a few apps and the occasional document that doesn't lend itself to the e-Ink Kindles.

I've been a rabid Amazon fan and user of its ecosystem, but I'm starting to think of straying.
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