Kindle Library Management

If you have a Kindle – reader or tablet – you should also have the Kindle reader app installed on your desktop. There are a number of reasons including the fact that every time you download a book to this reader, you are physically putting a copy of the book on your computer. As we all know, it’s always good to have backups. Another reason is that it’s the easiest way to manage your library. It’s much faster to create collections and move books to them than on either your Kindle device or your web-based Manage My Kindle page.

Import Collections Screen

As you see in this example, if you’ve already set up collections on your device, you can import them to the desktop app. Just click on the tiny down icon located under the plus sign (+) to the right of COLLECTIONS in the sidebar and choose the Import Collections command, then select the device to import collections from and click on the Import button.

Book Tools Menu

Once books have been added to your desktop app, you can set up any number of collections and drag/drop books into them. And, you can have books arranged in more then one collection. When you right-click on any book cover, you’ll see a menu of functions you can perform on that book.

Notes and marks sidebar

I use my desktop app for quick access to reference material while I’m researching and writing so I especially like the My Notes & Marks command. It opens the book with the Notes & Marks sidebar listing all the items in this book. I just click on any one of them to be taken right to that page.

Although the desktop app isn’t my idea of a great reading experience, that doesn’t mean it can’t be useful. It has all the annotation and reference features of the portable readers which makes it a great reference tool that’s within easy reach while you’re working on your computer.