|01-03-2017, 04:46 PM||#1|
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Seattle Wahington U.S.
collections, number of
I've been going in a minimalist direction with collections having each book put in a collection of the author's name and one or at the most two genres. Do you generally limit the number of collections a book is in or put in any and all that might fit it?
|01-03-2017, 08:41 PM||#3|
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Device: Paperwhite, Fire HD8 (2015), Dell Venue Pro 8
I examine the book to figure out where I'd be most likely to look for it later, then act accordingly. This usually results in them being in no more than two collections. The exception is books in "special" collections, which may also be listed in one or more general genre collections.
I do the same with music, actually. Some of my music genres (of which I use nearly 100 in a prefixed sytem) would make little sense to anyone else, but I'm able to quickly get to what I'm in the mood to listen to.
So, yeah, basically my systems revolve around "how can I find this later without thinking about it too much".
|01-04-2017, 08:08 AM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Device: Kindle DXG
I already do that in the physical world. If I have trouble finding something, I put it back in the first place I looked.
|01-04-2017, 09:43 AM||#5|
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Atlanta, GA
Device: iPad Pro, iPad mini, Sony PRS-T2
One of the nice things about Calibre is that it supports putting a book in multiple collections. For the most part, I put books in first their basic collection, thus all SF&F books go into the SF collection, all history books go in the history collection, etc.. Then individual books go into additional collections. For example, I have a collection called favorites, which is where I put all my favorite books that I re-read a lot. Goldsworthy's history on the Punic Wars goes into History and Ancient History and Roman History.
|01-05-2017, 01:43 AM||#6|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Device: Kobo Aura One, Aura H2O, Aura HD, Nexus 7 HD, iPad Air
An sample search would be looking for a book in David Weber/John Ringo's Empire of Man series. To search for the books, I simple enter emp in the search box, tap Empire of Man in the suggestions and there are the 4 books in the series. This does have some issues with series such as the Grantville Gazette, J. D. Robb's In Death or Terry Pratchett's Discworld where the series has 40-70 books in it so you are paging through multiple screens. Equally easy to search by title or author -- simply entering wr brings up Patricia C. Wrede as a suggestion. Note that the search is not limited to starting at the first character of a series, title or author name -- entering laz brings up Roger Zelazny as a search suggestion.
At other times, I simply open the library page and enter a random number for the page number to pick a book more or less at random.
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