Commentary on Collections
Two electronic devices I love like an appendage: my cell phone and my Kindle.
Two electronic devices I could improve: my cell phone and my Kindle.
For the phone, I’d make a docking station that would amplify the ringer so I could hear it all through the house. As for the Kindle, I’d make the collections feature more useful.
When Amazon added the ability to sort your e-books into collections, it was a big step forward from a single list of books on the homepage. Yet it still falls short of what it really should be. Columnist Clayton Morris describes the frustrations because collections don’t show up on the Kindle app on smartphones.
My biggest wish is that the collections carried over into the archives. It would be nice when I’m in the mood for, say, a good mystery, I could just open that file instead of sorting through a list of titles that don’t mean too much if you haven’t read the book. That’s another thing I’d do – make a folder to archive books after I’ve read them. Another file for freebies that I have no intention reading but couldn’t resist because they were free. As it is, if there’s a book I think I’ll be interested in reading in the next few months, I keep it stored on the device rather than risk losing it that ever-growing list of archived items.
Feel free to share any tips you’ve picked up in using the collections feature.
I just discovered a cell phone ringer. Looks like the Kindle is the only thing left to fix.
 
Dog Days
We’ve got record-high heat this week, but with the Kindle and the a/c, we are coping. My dog has strategically identified this spot on the dining room floor where he gets maximum exposure from two air conditioning vents. I figure it’s a good time to grab my Kindle and join him. Pick up some cheap reads for your Kindle during these dog days when it’s too hot to turn the pages of print books and you just press that next page button.
Every day next week, we’ll be featuring dog books, books starring dogs, whatever we can find dog-related for the Dog Days of Summer.
 
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