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Old 03-30-2009, 09:27 AM   #1
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Why?

Why do you use collections? How will it improve my book reading/handling? How do you recomend (if you do recomend,) setting them up?
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The reason I use collections is to keep my content organized so I can find what I am looking for easily. It's not as good as true folders. But think of collections as a 1 level folder and you'll understand what they are.
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Same as above, it's a quick way to access books in a series, or a particular author instead of trawling through the alphabetical menus. I've also started putting on my own work when I'm editing, because I catch more errors when I'm reading on the Sony than on the computer screen - i have these under a collection called Editing.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:05 AM   #3
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actually i'm starting to think collections might be *better* than folders. i can add more than one tag to a book and it will then appear in several collections (like : i can add "mystery" and also "french" and the same book will be in both) which you can't do with folders. i use tags which make sense to me ; so i can make a collection by genre, by language, by use (i put all the dictionaries together under "reference")... and, if i just want to browse all the books in my library by title or author i can do that too.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:18 AM   #4
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actually i'm starting to think collections might be *better* than folders. i can add more than one tag to a book and it will then appear in several collections (like : i can add "mystery" and also "french" and the same book will be in both) which you can't do with folders. i use tags which make sense to me ; so i can make a collection by genre, by language, by use (i put all the dictionaries together under "reference")... and, if i just want to browse all the books in my library by title or author i can do that too.
We must distinguish here between eBook Library Collections and Calibre.

When you say "i can add more than one tag to a book" do you mean you can put the same book into different collections in the eBook Library?

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We must distinguish here between eBook Library Collections and Calibre.

When you say "i can add more than one tag to a book" do you mean you can put the same book into different collections in the eBook Library?

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yes ; i add tags using calibre, you're right, but calibre creates a collection for *each* tag i add ; so of course it's best not to add 300 tags. but i like it, that way i can put a book in more than one collection rather than trying to choose which is better and easily find it however i look.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:48 AM   #6
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When you say "i can add more than one tag to a book" do you mean you can put the same book into different collections in the eBook Library?
Yes, I believe you can. But that is what tags in calibre do. IF you have a book with two tags, when you "send to reader" that book should be in both collections named for that tag.

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Old 03-30-2009, 10:49 AM   #7
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oh wait, when you say "ebook library collections" do you mean the sony app on the pc ? in that case i don't know. i'm talking about collections i see on the 700 ; i don't use the sony app at all.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:52 AM   #8
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oh wait, when you say "ebook library collections" do you mean the sony app on the pc ? in that case i don't know. i'm talking about collections i see on the 700 ; i don't use the sony app at all.
Yes, you can have the same ebook in multiple collections in the eBook Library software. I just tried it to double check.

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yes ; i add tags using calibre, you're right, but calibre creates a collection for *each* tag i add ; so of course it's best not to add 300 tags. but i like it, that way i can put a book in more than one collection rather than trying to choose which is better and easily find it however i look.
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Yes, I believe you can. But that is what tags in calibre do. IF you have a book with two tags, when you "send to reader" that book should be in both collections named for that tag.

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I was aware that I could put a book in more than one collection in eBook Library.

The only confusing part was that there was no mention of Calibre up to this point. I assumed you were referring to Calibre tags; a newer member, from which this question was posed, might not have made that connection.

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Old 03-30-2009, 11:04 AM   #10
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I was aware that I could put a book in more than one collection in eBook Library.

The only confusing part was that there was no mention of Calibre up to this point. I assumed you were referring to Calibre tags; a newer member, from which this question was posed, might not have made that connection.

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you are right, sorry i was not clear ; since i only use calibre, i sometimes forget that not everyone does, and that there is actually a sony app that can be used.
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Please clarify this for me (new 505 owner)... So far I have been using the Sony eBook Library app to set up my collections. I saw the "tag" feature in Calibre but was unsure what it would do. Are you saying by adding tags to my books in Calibre that when I send them to the Sony it will put them into Collections of the same name?

That would be great.

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Are you saying by adding tags to my books in Calibre that when I send them to the Sony it will put them into Collections of the same name?
Yes that is correct. The same thing happens for series too.

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Yes, Calibre will create collections on the Sony using both the "tags" and the "series" info about a book.
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This is great... Really wanted to use Calibre over the Sony software and now I can for all but shopping the Sony store.
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