Just like organising bookshelves, there are one hundred and one ways you can organise your eReader. Some people have it very set, with categories and subcategories in alphabetical order. Others don’t bother organising it at all!
People who can live with that type of chaos in their life terrify me.
Organising an eReader is a lot more limited than bookshelf. With physical books you have free reign to put them wherever you want however you want. Some of the best organisational structures I’ve seen on physical shelves are rainbow order! Rainbow shelves make for some pretty pictures but my heart clenches at the thought of splitting up all the series and authors! My bookshelves are organised by size due to necessity. I have too many books for the shelf.
eReaders aren’t limited by shelf space. Thousands of books in a number of formats can fit on one tiny device. But you can’t get with creative with the display of the shelves beyond selecting if it appears as a file name or the cover is shown. And even then some eReaders only have black and white screens, no colour. Depending on your device you can create a different number of shelves and collections which help further organise and sort books, but not all work quite like that.
My eReader is a kindle paperwhite. Currently I have about four or five collections and a couple of hundred books on there. I display the titles instead of covers of books because it looks better (not all the eARCs and things on there have pretty covers that look good in black and white :'( ). For ebooks I own I have three collections: Read, To Read, and To Reread. I also have specific collections for Netgalley, Edelweiss, and Review to keep track of all the review copies I need to stop ignoring. It is all listed as most recent and/or title order.
I also have some books on my iPad that I’ve bought but have yet to read. Here I do the horrible scary thing and leave unorganised because there aren’t that many books on there and I don’t have time.
My dad has a kindle touch and organises things a little differently. He doesn’t receive review copies like I do and reads purely for leisure, so he doesn’t need to keep track of review books. To keep track of what he has and hasn’t read and what he wants to read he has a list of titles in a diary, organised by author last name. On the actual kindle each author has their own collection. Not being able to keep series and authors together is the main thing I don’t like about my own organisational system. Why can’t there be sub-categories/collections?!
Do you have an eReader?
How do you organise your Ebooks?
Just a quick note to say that this discussion post is my October post for the TBR/Buying Ban challenge I’m participating in and kind of doing horribly at. Uni has meant I’m barely making any progress in books and I may or may not have just broken my buying ban to preorder ILLUMINAE (but there was the possibility of winning a year’s worth of book vouchers, how was I supposed to resist?)