Today, I made the effort to clean up my eBook library. I recently wanted to read a book that I know I owned. I couldn’t find it anywhere! Not in my ‘Books’ folder on my computer, not on my external hard drive. I ended up buying it again (thank god it was from a small press–I was only out 6$, not 16$). I loaded it up on my tablet, opened my ‘shelf’ and Voila! There it was. Twice. The metadata displayed was so jumbled that I hadn’t been able to find it, and now I’d paid for it, literally.
After that, I decided that I really needed to do something about the mess that was my eBook collection. My MicroSD card holding my books has nearly 200 books on it (only the ones I hope to read soon, am reading, or read often). It can be difficult to find a book when the information displaying is jumbled, or worse: wrong. I decided to go through and make sure the titles and authors were right. I didn’t want to bother with the summaries. I have a pretty good idea what the books on my MicroSD card are about generally.
The other way I wanted to organize was by series. I started reading Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series a few summers ago (you know, when I had time) and made it halfway through the third book before school started again and I had to abandon pleasure reading again for the term. My problem is that I don’t know the order of the series off by heart. I needed a way to make that visible in the metadata and–even better–keep them together. I keep my physical book series together on my bookshelf, why not do that with my eBooks too?
Ultimately, I named my series in a regular fashion. ‘Dresden Files 01 – Storm Front’ is the first book in Jim Butcher’s series. Now my series are all together, and in order!
I also made sure that the displayed cover was the same style as the rest of the series. If a picture was too blurry, I either downloaded it again (sometimes that fixed it) or found a better one.
The coolest part was that I was able to do this entirely in my eReader app. I tried a few different ones (Amazon Kindle came preinstalled on my Android tablet for example), but the one I ended up keeping was Moon+ Reader. I liked it so much that I upgraded to the Pro version, not because I needed any extra features but to support the developers. I’ll likely post an effusive review of its features at a later time. For the moment, I’ll sign off. Happy reading!