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Old 02-17-2009, 03:45 PM   #1
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Mine has shipped but not arrived yet, so I apologize if this is a stupid question. As I add content, is there a way to organize it by genre, or by read/not read, or does it only organize by title/author? Thanks.

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Old 02-17-2009, 04:02 PM   #2
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:07 PM   #3
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Old 02-17-2009, 04:12 PM   #4
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I keep meaning to use Collections to sort my books by genres. Then I can't decide what genre they should be in...
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:29 PM   #6
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I put my stuff on a spreadsheet to keep track of that kind of stuff. The nice thing about it is I can sort for unread then narrow it to a genre or the other way around. .

Plus I really just like Excel spreadsheets
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I put my stuff on a spreadsheet to keep track of that kind of stuff. The nice thing about it is I can sort for unread then narrow it to a genre or the other way around. .

Plus I really just like Excel spreadsheets
Hrmm... if you have lots of books and multiple books by the same author or in the same genre, a database might be better in the long term...

(Mind you, I like Excel too. I especially like writing scripts to automate things... OK - that sounds really sad )
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Hrmm... if you have lots of books and multiple books by the same author or in the same genre, a database might be better in the long term...

(Mind you, I like Excel too. I especially like writing scripts to automate things... OK - that sounds really sad )
I tried to play with a DB, but had trouble getting it started. I don't know a lot about Access.

And it that is sad, then I don't want to be happy
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I tried to play with a DB, but had trouble getting it started. I don't know a lot about Access.

And it that is sad, then I don't want to be happy
I can do simple dbs, but when it starts getting into more complex relationships I end up confusing myself...
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I honestly don't even know where to start But I can make a spreadsheet sing and dance One day I'll teach myself Access and see if I want to migrate it over. I like that I can run different tabs on excel (I have a few for different things, mainly what to buy). I don't know if I can do that with Access.
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you guys should take a look at Harvey. i think you might be the perfect candidates for it.
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Is it only for ebooks?
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I honestly don't even know where to start But I can make a spreadsheet sing and dance One day I'll teach myself Access and see if I want to migrate it over. I like that I can run different tabs on excel (I have a few for different things, mainly what to buy). I don't know if I can do that with Access.
You'd have different tables holding different information - so authors, genres, titles, format etc.

Then you'd have a form to input the data onto. The fields on the form are linked back to the different tables, so when you fill in a form, the data gets entered into the correct places.

Then you'd have as many different reports as you can think up to show you whatever you want to see - so all books in one genre by one author that you've read, for example.

To make it even easier, you then have a user interface with buttons on so you can just click to get the input form, generate a report and so on.

If you do go down the Access route, and you use the tab key to navigate between fields in a form, make sure you check the "tab order" is correct, otherwise you'll get horribly frustrated as each press of the tab key takes you somewhere unexpected!

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You'd also need to set up relationships - so one author can be related to many book titles etc

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