Here's a silly but helpful feature request: subfolders in collections. I recently discovered I have over 200 collections. It takes forever and a day to find a book when I'm just browsing. Say I'm in the mood for a romance. I can go through the general romance collection, or sci fi romance, paranormal, shifters, historical, m/m, ménage, or mpreg. Any number of subgenres. Then there's individual series and authors. If I haven't read them in a while I might forget what they were and have to look them up. All of these are listed alphabetically. Wouldn't it be handy to have the ability to have subfolders in the collections, so you could put all the collections that might fit into one, with all the subgenres, series, and authors sorted as you like? Just scroll to the main collection and browse the subfolders. You'd still have to do a bit of poking around, but how much more efficient it could be! Any collection you might have could benefit from subfolders. Mysteries could have cozies, paranormal, true crime, classic, even urban fantasy, not to mention authors and series. History could be sorted by era; miltary, by service, battle, or war. A single author's multiple series could be sorted into one collection under their name. Kindle World books could be separated from the original work in one collection.
It's endless. Maybe it's just me and an urge to fine tune the collections, but I think it could be really helpful, if it could be done.
Not silly at all and maybe it'll happen one day. That very thing was done for Silk bookmarks about a year ago. Meanwhile, you can somewhat organize them by titling each collection with the name of a category followed by the name of a subcategory. Mysteries - Cozies. Mysteries - Paranormal. Mysteries - True Crime. The same for authors who have series: Clive Cussler - Dirk Pitt. Clive Cussler - Oregon Files. Then sort alphabetically and each category will group together. And if we share the gene for outlining, organizing, and alphabetizing and you want to sort further, you could put an additional header in front, like: Genres - Mysteries - Cozies. Genres - Mysteries - True Crime. Genres - History - American. Genres - History - European. Series - Clive Cussler - Dirk Pitt. Series - Clive Cussler - Oregon Files. The extensions going both ways and the combinations are probably limited only by how long the collection title can be, unless there's a maximum number of collections you can have. Genres - History - European - France. Genres - History - European - Italy.
Thank goodness books can be put in more than one collection so you don't have to remember if the Dirk Pitt books are in Series - Clive Cussler - Dirk Pitt or in Genres - Adventure .....
You should have seen my Silk bookmarks before the sub folders - greatest Fire feature ever.
(I know the examples are extreme - just wanted to be clear.)
Collections aren't Folders as such. They're more like Word Documents that have a list of links to files. It's probably possible to include a link to a different Collection but I'm not sure what real benefit that would be as you'd still have to set up the other Collection in the first place, in which case it would be relatively easy to find.
I have, for instance, "Biographies - Entertainers", "Biographies - Inventors", "Biographies - Politicians" and so on. I also have collections of anthologies and they're in Collections listed as "Anthologies - SF", "Anthologies - Crime", "Anthologies - Adventure" etc. As for Series, I do the same thing. "Author Name - Series Name". That way I only have to look at the Collections list, sorted in alphabetic order to find any appropriate Collection and don't have to go digging about for "sub-folders".
Collections aren't folders, so it's impossible for Fires/Kindles to have subfolders in their Collection system as was stated above. I find Collections to be far more flexible as I can have a book in multiple folders w/o having to have it duplicated, triplicated, etc in order to be under those multiple categories. An Example is:
Andre Norton's Beastmaster which is under the following categories
Andre Norton = by author name
Baen = source
Read_SciFi-Fantasy = indicates it's been read
I usually don't go deeper than author name or genre or source in naming/creating Collections as I do not want to go through pages and pages of Collections in order to get to the one I want to read a book from and the books I'm current reading are in a 1_In Progress Collection
Of course I only have about 1400 books, but it works for me
I have a similar set up. It's fine when I know what I want , the book title, author, or name, but right now, if I want something in a genre, but don't know what, specifically, I have to scroll through many collections, just to get to one that may or may not have what I want. Let's not mention the character limit for titles, either. Paranormal romance, mystery, Elemental World, Elizabeth Hunter is unlikely to be accepted. Sure, I can abbreviate some titles, but that isn't possible for everything.
It can technically be whatever it must be. Set them up however they must be set up. Call them sublists, or even hedgehogs, anything ...I'd just like the functionality. With over 200 collections, I , too, have books in multiple collections, under genre, read/unread, "Cr*p" for books that were lousy, author, series, so on. Having around 10,000 books, though, regardless of how many collections each are in, it's a pain to find them, let alone remember them.
I just long for the ability to winnow the initial stages of a search from 200+ to say 20, knowing that the main collection has only, say, mysteries in it, then scroll through the sub-whatever you want to call its to view subgenres, authors, and series. It just seems neater and more efficient when sorting through that many books.
In a sense, the old kindle (non cloud-collection) had a "sub-folder". It's "Archive" had a sub-list of "Dictionaries" to that shows it's possible.
I don't have 200 collections, I have about 75 and I did have more. I have had to "merge" into such as "Fa - Series", "HF - Series" and "SF - Series" where the first 2 characters are the "main" genre and the rest is a sub-group. In this case "Fa" is Fantasy, "HF" is Historical Fiction, and "SF" is Science Fiction". Each such group like this has a "top" of "xx - 0 name" where xx is the 2 character code, and "name" is the actual genre. The "0" forces it to the top of that list to keep the lists in alphabetical order.
There's a bug in Kindle for PC that encourages you to keep your number of collections to a reasonable number. It depends on the resolution of your screen but you can see 4 or 5 (depending on the machine) columns of names plus "New Collection". Once that screen gets full, there is NO scrolling so you cannot remove books from collections beyond what shows on the screen. You can add using drag/drop but not remove! There may be a work-around but I don't have enough collections to know for sure.
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