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June 22, 2012

Friday Fun: eBook Organization

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I mentioned back during eBook Week that I have trouble keeping my ebooks for review organized. I haven't improved much, but I'm going to try a new method so we'll see. Anyways, I have gone back over the past month or so of emails and found all the ebooks that were sent to me, but hadn't been transferred to my Nook. Since I often forget the ebook was sent to me 5 minutes after reading the email, I often do not include them in my Monday Mailbox Finds.

I'm going to feature the 11 titles I found in my inbox in this Friday Fun post. You might be wondering why I think that's fun. Well, one, I'm strange and finding organizing stuff to be fun. I get excited when I can find everything a place and put everything in its place. Now, I like organization, however, it doesn't get done often. Kind of like this monthly gathering of ebooks from my inbox. Two, when I worked my summer in college at the local library I enjoyed shelving returned books. I got to discover new books or see different covers of books I'd read. When I transfer the ebooks to my Nook, it is often the first time I've seen the book's cover - The Burning Star cover really caught my eye in this bunch. And third, I'm on vacation next week so while I might not be packing a suitcase, I am packing my Nook for the holiday.

Note to authors - Please put a colored cover image in your ebook. It makes this rather dull task of transferring files a bit more like opening a present.

So here are the books newly transferred to my Nook:

As you can see from this list, I can't accept any more new review requests until at least August or maybe September. I now have 15 ebooks I need to read (plus all my print copies) for review. 

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  1. I am an organizer too! I just tackled a box of books that I've been receiving for review and from winnings. I love my office now because that one project just cleaned the "air" up in there. I matched all of my books with my spreadsheet and numbered them to coordinate and shelved them accordingly. I feel like I can conquer the world now. The floor is clean. The box looks nice and I know exactly where to put my hands on the books. I love your tidbits! Thanks for sharing. Donna

    1. I'm not quite that organized. Physical books for review stay under the coffee table until read. It's a good reminder for me to get off the computer and read when they are staring at me. I started a Google spreadsheet for my ebooks. Hopefully when I get a new one I will enter the title and who sent it, then mark it when it's downloaded to my computer, and then another column to mark it's been transferred to my Nook.

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    1. Thanks! I'm hoping to get quite a bit done while on vacation so we'll see what I actually accomplish.

  3. Tweedle Dee & I keep a record of review copies in a spreadsheet and work through them chronologically.

    It's hard to keep track of everything.

    Hope you have a great vacation and you are blessed with some great books :)

    1. I tend to read my review copies based on what my mood is. If I said I'll have a review by a certain date then I'll read it in time, but otherwise I found matching mood to book lends itself to better reviews. Since I like variety in my reading there is nothing worse than growing bored with a genre and having to review a book in that same genre.

  4. I was doing the spreadsheet thing for a while too but fell off the wagon. I really need to develop a system of organization for review copies again!

    I can see how this would be even harder with eBooks as they aren't sitting there staring you in the face all the time.

    1. Do you have a smartphone? I love the Goodreads app where I can scan the barcose on physical books and automatically add it to my TBR shelf. Wish there was something like that for my ebooks. I wonder if a barcode could be added the file that I could scan from my computer.