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Subject: How do you keep track and organize your e-books?
Date Posted: 12/30/2011 10:42 AM ET
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I use PBS to organize my TBR pile of paper books.

I have a nook that I have used the N2A card and now it is an android tablet. 

How do you all keep track on what's on your kindles and nooks?  Is there an app you use?

 (I also posted this is the ebooks forum, which is probably where I should have posted it in the first place.)smiley

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Date Posted: 12/30/2011 10:50 AM ET
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I only got my Kindle about a month ago.  I started a booklist here for books on my Kindle that are also available in print.  For ones that are in ebook only-I created an ebookshelf on goodreads. 

Date Posted: 12/30/2011 11:10 AM ET
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I really need to find a way to organize my eBooks.  My kindle library is growing by leaps and bounds, and there's no rhyme or reason for how I organize it.  It's getting a little overwhelming.  crying

Date Posted: 12/30/2011 11:54 AM ET
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I'll be interested in the replies. I bought a Nook in late August. A few minutes after I left the store a young woman drove into my car and I still identify the Nook with the bad experience. I haven't played with it, haven't downloaded anything yet.

I have to let go of equating the Nook with the accident (I felt quilty to begin with for spending all that money on an e-reader and if I hadn't been at the strip mall there would have been no accident). Hopefully 2012 will be the right time to work with it, otherwise it WILL be wasted money in every way.


Date Posted: 12/30/2011 12:23 PM ET
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Personally I have a shelf on Goodreads.  I have future PBS shelves too to keep track of things I want to post here eventually, and then I have a special ebook shelf so that I can remember what I have in print and what I have on my Nook.  The good thing about using the Goodreads site is that they have ebook editions listed on the site.  You can use your TBR shelf here, but that will only work if the book also has a print copy too...so I find it to not be the most effective way.


Also, on my Nook, I have my library split up into 3 shelves, TBR, currently reading, and already read.  So that even among my ebook list I know what I have not read or what I am currently working on.  I am not sure if the new Nook Simple (I have the now defunct first edition) or the Kindle have this option, but it is extremely helpful.

Date Posted: 12/30/2011 12:47 PM ET
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I use Calibre.  I also put a yellow sticky note on PBS to prevent duplicates. 

Subject: I use a basic spreadsheet on my puter
Date Posted: 12/30/2011 12:53 PM ET
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Listing all books by  location ( I have several bookcases) of all my books,  E-books and paper books all togther, the E-books are designated in the listings, since I file by title So I mark the book as "E-book" in the list of  all  my books.

The hard copy books I have swapped out have a different color and a notation 'swapped out".

The E-books themselves I keep on a flash drive, all I have to do is stick it in the puter

and drag n drap it into/out of my Nook or read it pdf style on the puter.

The spreadsheet is also on a flash drive, I can't afford to lose all that data.

I also have "music" and "movies" lists, info, on other flash drives.

I have tried to use special apps for library tracking, none were as easy as simply typing something into my speadsheet. Online data can be lost, and I have a thing about privacy, so don't use online storage.

Lisa N. (LDN) - ,
Date Posted: 12/30/2011 1:14 PM ET
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I stated out making a list here and I'd just add any paper version to my list titled Kindle Books.  The idea was that I wouldn't order or WL a paper book I have on kindle because I'd see it was on that list.  The problem is I'm not good at keeping that list up and adding titles as I get more ebooks.  Also, I really don't like the list feature that much because it isn't sortable.  With over 200 kindle books the list is sort of hard to use.

Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 12/30/2011 4:51 PM ET
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 many people on PBS seem to like goodreads.  I use a similar site called librarything.com.  there is also shelfari.com.  I like the reviews & bulliten boards on librarything.  I didnt really like the goodreads layout much.  librarything did cost $25 for a lifetime membership.  you can use for up to 200 books without a membership.

spreadsheets are great too.

I haven't used calibre, but lots of folks like it cause you can convert your books to other formats in it if no drm (or if you remove drm)

Date Posted: 12/30/2011 5:25 PM ET
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For non-ebooks, I use LibraryThing, as well, and like it very much. I track my book inventory and my yearly reading list there.

I also have my book collection in a regular database on my computer, but like having something as a backup;  lost virtually all my documents when my old computer died in 2008, so I like having a back-up.

I don't use PBS for anything but my Bookshelf, and a small WishList.


Date Posted: 12/30/2011 6:52 PM ET
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I keep track of my ebooks in Goodreads - if the book has a print version, that's the one I rate here.

With freebies, having them on GR allows me to check the ratings before downloading. That's how I make sure I don't download crap. cheeky

Date Posted: 12/30/2011 7:14 PM ET
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Goodreads shelf here as well. :)

Date Posted: 12/30/2011 8:23 PM ET
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It's helpful not to download every freebie you see.  I got out of that habit quickly.  There's so many freebies constantly available that I don't feel the need to download every available one.  I just scan the lists for author's I recognize.  I also delete books from the device as soon as I read them. I'm not a rereader so I don't need to keep everysingle book on there. 

I did the Goodreads and PBS lists because some are only in ebook and so not on PBS. 

Date Posted: 12/30/2011 9:54 PM ET
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I'm a MAC user and I use Delicious Library (http://www.delicious-monster.com/, $35) for all my e- and paper media (books, music, cds, dvds, library books I've read, itunes etc).  You can scan the bar code in many instances and the book info downloads from Amazon, including the cover. The software has list and shelf options, and different sorting options. You can sort using your own system - I have series book sorting and genre sorting. I also use it for my technical (work) library, as I go to library book sales and look for new books in different discipline areas. Works on iphone and ipad as well, and you can sync it across systems. It's really great as I have over 5k books....I highly recommend it.  Not sure if there's a PC version, but this is an excellent reason to move to a mac! :-)

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Date Posted: 12/31/2011 12:51 AM ET
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I'm going to 'watch this topic' and come back to it after I choose an e-reader!

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 2:08 PM ET
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I use GoodReads for organizing and keeping track of my print and audio books so I probably will use it for my kindle books too...probably will just set up a separate bookshelf for them. However, I am working hard at not acquiring dozens (or hundreds!) of e-books, but just getting them as I need them. So far I've just borrowed Kindle books from the library and the Amazon Kindle Lending Library (free with my Prime account) and one at a time is plenty for me...when I'm done, they're deleted.

I figure if I collect hundreds of them, it will end up out of control just like my real TBR was, with books sitting there unread for years and years, me having gotten them just because they were cheap or free or 'sounded interesting at the time.' Bah. My new watchwords for 2012 are "simplify" and "downsize." :)


Date Posted: 12/31/2011 2:42 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/31/2011 4:57 PM ET
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It's helpful not to download every freebie you see.


I'm very picky with freebies as well. I only download them if it's an author I've read in the past/comes recommended by friends/has good ratings on Goodreads.

Denise - I can't believe you don't have an ereader!

Subject: Love my Nook
Date Posted: 1/1/2012 6:59 PM ET
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I've had a Nook for two years and was pleasantly surprised to receive the new Nook tablet for Christmas from my hubby and kids. I never did much to organize my books on my old Nook, but the new tablet lets you organize your books in separate shelves (the older one might do the same).


Date Posted: 1/2/2012 1:16 PM ET
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On the Kindle, you can create shelves and then put books into the shelves.  The downside is that when scrolling through the lists, it doesn't show the shelves for that book. But you if you are looking for a specific genre, plot or something, you can at least bring up that shelf and see what you have.

All the books on my Kindle show up on my Amazon account. So if I see a book somewhere that I'm worried about having on my Kindle already-I can just search for the book under Manage My Kindle.  I tend to just get them from Amazon and so it'll say "you purchased this item on x date".  I also only have about 300 items on my Kindle so I can also jsut sort it by title or author and scroll through to see if I have it already. 

Date Posted: 1/2/2012 2:24 PM ET
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On my Sony I have an option to create "libraries".  I organize my books by topic and/or series.  With a lot of them, I don't bother to organize because they don't fit into a category.

I've learned that being picky with the freebies is a good idea.  It's a little easier for me because a lot of the freebies are romance/erotica-type stuff, which I'm not much into reading.  I'm mostly into the sci-fi/fantasy and a few others.

Date Posted: 1/8/2012 2:25 AM ET
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And for e-book folks who are reading this thread but don't know... there's now a discussion forum aimed at e-book readers, and there are ebook swaps in the Games forum, too.