Kindle Collections Expands to Desktop Software
So two weeks ago, I was complaining about things I felt the Kindle software could do but isn’t doing. No. 2 was synchronized collections. Today I opened up Kindle 4 Mac and it updated to version 1.7 and with version 1.7 was a new look to the home screen. More importantly, there was a new feature which allows you to create collections on your desktop.
Creating collections on the Kindle device is unweildy whereas pointing and dragging with your mouse is fairly easy. But, I found 1.7 to be fairly buggy. It crashed more than once.
Step 1: Create a new collection or import collections from your existing device.
Step 2: Drag and drop the collections. I noticed that this worked easier with my downloaded items. With the books that are “archived”, the listing of books would refresh each time.
Get Collection on Device
Step 1: Go to your Kindle device.
Step 2: Hit “Home” and then “Menu” and then “View Archived Collections”
Step 3: Select “Add Other Device Collections”
Step 4: Choose the device collection that you just created.
But, Jane, you say, I have collections that are empty but on my computer, they exist. This is because you don’t have the books downloaded to your device. This is what Amazon says:
Note: Importing a collection from another device does not import the books or other items to your Kindle if they aren’t downloaded already. However, books already on your Kindle that are associated with a collection will automatically appear under that collection name on your Home screen.
PC user elandes says the Kindle 4 Pc is updated and allows for collection creation as well. There is no collection option in the Cloud Reader or the Apple Apps.
However, the instructions on the Amazon site intimate that collections will be available across devices Upon rereading this, it explicitly references devices and to Amazon that is the Kindle dedicated reader so I’m unsure whether this will be a feature for the mobile apps. One would think if Amazon is going to store the collections and allow you to manipulate them on your desktop, Amazon would allow you to do this via mobile devices.
Managing Content in Your Collections
After you create one or more collections, you’re ready to associate books, audiobooks, and personal documents on your Kindle using those collections. Please note that subscriptions such as newspapers, magazines, and blogs cannot currently be added to collections on the Kindle. Here are a few handy collection features:
- Collections are stored on Amazon: When you create a collection on a device, we’ll save your collection so it appears in Archived Items on other devices registered to your Amazon.com account. This allows you to transfer collections across registered Kindles.
- Kindle content is associated with a collection until removed: If you add a book or other content to a collection on your Kindle and then delete the book from your device, it remains associated with that collection in Archive Items. If you download the item again, it will automatically appear in the appropriate collection on your Home screen.
- Books and other content can appear in more than one collection: You can associate a single book or other item from your library with multiple collections if you wish.
- Collections don’t change device or Archive Items content: If you delete Kindle content from a collection or delete an entire collection from your Kindle, it does not change the actual items saved on your Kindle or in your Archive Items on Amazon. When you delete a collection from your Kindle, any downloaded items from that collection will appear the Home screen instead of in the collection.
Only 1 and 3 to go Amazon. In reference to No. 1, Kindle 4 Mac has a copy feature:
her eyes when, instead of moving closer to him, he drifted further and further away. Sounds of revelry disturbed the silence of the night and Efe walked faster, heart pounding and sweat dripping from her nose.
Whitman, Myne (2011-03-18). A Love Rekindled (Kindle Locations 47-49). Createspace. Kindle Edition
From a Harlequin book it references pages:
“Keep your fists up,” Ash advised. “No, up—what part of up makes you think you should let them hang by your belt?”
Milan, Courtney (2011-01-25). Unveiled (Hqn) (p. 374). HQN Books. Kindle Edition.
Another feature includes a “MORE” section which allows you to see “Shelfari Extras” and “Report a Content Error”
Note: There is no real synch feature here but I think I found a workaround. When I reimported the collections from my device they showed up with an @ sign after the collection name. I deleted the ones without the “@” and then proceeded to work with those collections. I was able to go back and forth from the device and the desktop and work with the same collections although each time, I had to import the updated collection.