Categorising e-books

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I have a couple of thousand free e-books that I’ve ‘bought’ from Amazon over the last year and after my Kindle for PC installation committed suicide I’ve had to wipe the original install and download them again.

As I do so I’ve been trying to categorise them, and one thing I’ve noticed is how hard that is based on the covers and titles. Is it a thriller, SF, both?

I’m going to have to think more in future about my own e-books to ensure they don’t suffer from the same problem.

But this also relates to another problem with the Kindle. On Amazon all books are categorised, yet that information is thrown away when they’re downloaded. Why don’t the same categories automatically appear as a means of finding the books you want to read?

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