Original blog posting was May 24, 2009
In general, E-Readers that double as portable libraries really require a customizable folder feature. Amazon recently extended the folder concept on the Kindle 2 for
The Kindle 2 (and Kindle DX) also has options for displaying 1) only books, 2) only subscriptions, 3) only "personal docs" or 4) all items. These are also then sortable by Most Recent, Title, and Author (and searchable with the last two).
However, as with bookstores and libraries, Kindle users have wanted user-definable dividers for categories such as Unread, Finished, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Romance, Biography, Self-improvement, etc.
While this could make the process slower for displaying all books or less direct than finding a title or author by typing the first alpha-character and pressing the 5-way button, there's no question that categorizing books is a primary organizational tool when you have a lot of books and magazines.
Until the day that customer-defined folders are offered, customers have been recommending workarounds by using the "add-note" feature available for Kindle books.
An official Amazon Customer Service Forum post on March 5, 2009 stated:
' Kudos to Kindle Community member Bufo Calvin for this tip!Note that this method is called "tagging" your book or "labelling" it. This simulates folders except that it's more flexible.
With the ability to add notes to your Kindle 2 content and search for specific words or phrases on your Kindle 2's Home screen, you can categorize content by genre or other personalized terms.
' Open up one of your books, select Add a Note or Highlight, and enter in a word (or words) you'd like to categorize by - genres such as history, fantasy, biography, etc. Try putting your initials or a common letter such as "x" before the word, "cshistory" or "xfantasy" for example. Save the note you chose to enter.
' Now go back to your Home screen and type in the word you just used for your note.
' Once you've typed it, move your 5-way controller to the right and click on "Search My Items." You'll see the book you just added the note to appear.
' If you've added that note in multiple books, each one will appear in your search results. '
If you want a book for which two tag-words should exist together, then you can search for both words. Only those books tagged with both words would show up in the results.
Mainly, you won't find a word like "xwhatever" in any of your books, so this brings up only the books specifically tagged by you.
This does work for the Kindle 1 also, but the older model may take a day to index the 'tag' additions so that they're findable. The Kindle 2 takes only a couple of minutes to do this.
Amazon customers discuss various aspects of this in a current forum thread. Robin McLaughlin located customer service's recommendation of Calvin's suggestion; "Laura" points out she posted this workaround at the same time and that many customers have thought about this. "Tillamook Bay / lg" cautions that this system does not work with books done in the special Topaz format, which uses specially embedded fonts and is not searchable (nor can we change the line spacing in these). The file extension can be .tpz or .azw1 but is essentially the Kindle format with slightly different description fields.
UPDATE 8/17/09: I just learned that Tillamook Bay (Larry Goss) was using this workaround in September '08 based on another forum note he read earlier.
Mild shortcut for general searching:
Normally, when reading a book, you can bring up the Search box by pressing the spacebar. If you're at the "Home" listing page, press the Enter key instead.
When typing in a keyword for a search while the 'action' on the right side says "find my items" (the default) or if it is already on the action you want ('google' or 'Wikipedia' etc), you need only press the Enter-key under the DEL key.
Otherwise, you need to 5-way over to the right and then press down on the 5-way.
If the action for the keyword is not what you want (google, store, wiki, dictionary) then 5-way right, through some more options until you find the one you want to search. Below are ways to Share this post if you'd like others to see it.
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