I’ve had a couple of emails and comments asking about this post about Kindle Collections and Calibre. Unfortunately, due to changes in how Amazon has implemented Collections on its newer devices, from the Kindle Touch forward, any third party software used to manage your collections requires jailbreaking your Kindle.
Jailbreaking your device is not without problems and if you do jailbreak your device, you are opening your device up to potential malware and limiting yourself from future updates. Amazon will often send out a late night software update without informing you and when it updates your software on the Kindle, all your jailbreak goodies will be gone.
Fortunately or unfortunately, there is a new jailbreak for your devices that is likely to be released by the end of October.
If you are in a hurry, though, the existing jailbreak instructions are here. To install a collections manager, you’ll need to add the Kindle Unified App Launcher and then either Collections Manager or LibrarianSync.
I read through this stuff and it’s not very simple. I don’t know if it’s worth the time and effort to put into it to manage your books.
Currently you can manage your collections of books purchased from Amazon via the Kindle for PC or Kindle for Mac App. If you have an iOS or Android device, your best solution is to create collections on those devices and then sync to your Kindle.
Syncing Cloud Collections
Tap on “All Items” menu and select “Collections” from the Cloud view.
From there you tap on the collections you want to add. The collection will be added, but no books will be placed in that collection until you tap on each book individually. A pain in the ass? Yes, yes it is.
I don’t use collections as much as I should. In fact, nearly every night I pull up the list of books and browse the same ten or twenty of them wondering why I don’t have anything to read.
I wish Amazon would program in a “shuffle” feature that would push random titles to the top. Needless to say I think the book management program on the Kindle is terrible and I wish that there was an easier way to handle the books.