Limited Kindle book organization mechanisms
While in general I’m a big fan of Amazon’s Kindle platform (both the hardware ereader and their various smartphone and tablet applications), I have to confess that I find it puzzling that Amazon provides so few ways to help users organize their books. You can sort books by author, title, or read / download date. And on the latest Kindle hardware you can create and place books in collections.
But beyond that, there’s not much you can do. No automatic organization by genre. No ability to tag and sort by tags. And no support for the feature I most want: separating books into read and unread. I occasionally take advantage of free Kindle books that Amazon offers, and as result I’ve accumulated a fair collection of books that I haven’t yet had time to read. However, there’s no easy way to quickly identify those books from within my larger Kindle library. That seems like such an obvious oversight I’m surprised Amazon hasn’t addressed it yet. If we have unwatched/partially watched/fully watched for movies and podcasts in iTunes, why can’t Amazon provide similar functionality for books?
I could understand that Amazon might not want to introduce the additional complexity into the UI for their own dedicated hardware ereader (although they’ve already introduced collections, so providing default read/unread collections isn’t a big step; and tags are just a special kind of collection), but I’d think that their phone and tablet applications could handle the slight addition of complexity with ease. But if anything, their mobile apps are less capable than their hardware (I’m pretty sure you can’t even create collections in their mobile apps).
I haven’t done as much experimentation with Apple’s iBooks or with Google’s new Books offering. Anyone know if they offer better mechanisms for organizing your ebooks?