It’s a little bewildering to see the post topics at the official Kindle forum –
Might the 2.5 update bin file slip out as a torrent or to Rapidshare, etc?
Show me your collections!
2.5 — if it’s now a full release, why can’t we download it?
Does any K2 owner have the 2.5 update?
question for those that have the update
We have Kindle owners creating their collections even before getting the update, people curious to know what it looks like, and lots of people wondering why they can’t get the 2.5 folders update already.
Well, let’s find out about the magical and revolutionary Folders feature.
What the Kindle Collections feature is like
Amazon’s Help Pages for the Kindle have details and screenshots on the Collections/Folders feature.
Here are some key details –
- There is an option to sort by ‘Collections’ which lists Collections first and orders them by Last Read First i.e. whichever Collection had a book in it read last shows up first (and so forth).
- Collections are listed in italics with the number of books in them within brackets.
- The Home Screen Menu has a ‘Create New Collection’ option.
- Books in a collection do not show up on the Kindle home page when in ‘Collections’ mode.
- Deleting a Collection does NOT delete books in the Collection.
- Collections are stored on Amazon (their cloud/servers) and can be transferred to other registered Kindles you have.
- Deleting a collection or deleting a book from a collection does not affect the content itself.
The help section on Kindle Folders is well written and easy to understand. It’s a short 3 pages with 4 screenshots – Do check it out.
What people’s questions and concerns are + Answers
Please note that the main question is when the Kindle 2.5 update goes out. That’s end of May and there’s no known way of making it sooner. End of May is just 3 weeks away.
- Can a single book be in multiple collections? Yes.
- Are there sub-folders? No.
- How are collections sorted? By latest book read.
- Can you put samples in Folders? Yes.
- Do I need to have wireless on to get the upgrade? Does it increase the probability of getting 2.5? Yes and Don’t Know.
- How would you know your kindle has upgraded to 2.5? The fonts will seem different. To confirm go to the Kindle Home Page, press the Menu button, press the Settings Button, and at the bottom right of the Settings Page will be your Kindle’s version number. It’ll be 2.5 something if you’ve gotten the Kindle 2.5 upgrade.
- Will collections sync across Kindles? Yes.
- Will a book put in the archive and brought back go back to its collections? Yes.
- Does Amazon really need to do a limited test? Yes. They have to make sure the upgrade works well. With features like Folders and Font changes a lot could go wrong in addition to the usual potential problems with an upgrade.
- Is there a way to sneak into the pool of people getting 2.5? No one’s found any way to do that yet.
- Are the new Settings all on 1 page? They’re split across multiple pages. Page 1 gets Registration, Popular Highlights (turn it on and off), Social Networks (Manage), Annotations Backup, Device Password (turn on). Page 2 gets Device Name, Device Email, Personal Info, Device Info. Courtesy Marcia Sargent.
- Is a change in registration date to April 2010 indicative of getting 2.5? No. They are completely unrelated. However, after the upgrade supposedly you don’t have a registration date any more.
- When will Kindle for Collections come to Kindle for PC? Amazon have said it’s a feature they’re thinking about adding. No ETAs.
- Have any Kindle 2 owners gotten the upgrade? What about Kindle 2 US owners? Yes and Yes. It’s not just Kindle DX owners.
How people are organizing their folders (collections)
There’s a really good post about what folders people are choosing for their kindles. The common choices are –
- By Reading Status i.e. Currently Reading, Samples, Unread, and Read.
- By top-level categories and genres i.e. Classics, Fiction, Nonfiction, Public Domain.
- By sub-genres and detailed categories i.e. Historical Fiction, Supernatural Romance, etc.
- By Author.
- By Price.
- By Series.
- By personal themes.
- By which century they were Published. My favorite 😉 .
- By Country of Origin.
- A few people are even considering by Publisher.
Everyone seems as confused as me about whether mysteries and thrillers should share a folder.
Perhaps the most interesting is Betty’s structure of Folders –
Bio’s and Memoirs
Mystery and Thrillers
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Done – 1 Star
Done – 2 Stars
Done – 3 Stars
Done – 4 Stars
Done – 5 Stars
Another interesting folders set-up is from Carole –
Investing and Retirement
JFK, New Orleans, Crime
Personal and PDF’s
Politics and History
Science and Math
zzz_Fiction (put in the z’s after reading the last post! LOL)
Some good ideas are –
- Preface the folder name with a number to make them easier to identify quickly. So Romance could be ‘1. Romance’. Note that this doesn’t help with sorting as Collections are sorted by Last Read First.
- A separate folder for Currently Reading.
- A separate folder for To Be Read.
- A folder for Documents and Personal.
- Use code words – Samhain for risque romance novels and so forth.
- Try to limit collections to one page or a few pages for quick and easy access.
Kindle 1 owners want collections too
Quite understandably Kindle 1 owners are demanding to know when they get Folders.
Haven’t been able to find any details.
Kindle Folders – Better Late than Never
It’s easy to point out that a lot of the excitement is due to the fact that the feature is a couple of years late in arriving. However, it’s here and it’s simple and it seems like it’ll work well. In this case better late than never does apply.
It’s time to look forward to a Kindle with Folders that magically work across all your Kindles and might soon work with the Kindle for PC app.