1. First, the obvious built-in methods.
a) The Kindle allows you to sort your titles in 3 ways:
- Most recent
- By title
- By author.
And now also by Collections (for Kindle version 2.5 and above): More info about collections/ folders
TIP: If you have pages and pages of books listed on your home page, you can skip through them alphabetically when sorted by Title or Author. For example, in Sort By Author, when looking for an author that begins with the letter S, just click the letter to go to that section. Or type in a number, click the 5 way to go to that page number.
To sort this way, you must be at the Kindle Home page. With the 5-way controller, scroll to the top of the page. The default sort is "By most recent first".
Use the 5-way to scroll
- right to sort by Title or Author name (method a above)
- left to sort by type of item (method b above)
Caveat: The downside of alphabetical author sorting is that publishers format in different ways. For example, if the authors name is John Smith, sometimes it appears in J and other times in S.
Updates... the rest of this post relates to older Kindles.
If you have Kindle Keyboard (Kindle 2.5, Kindle 3), Kindle (basic model) or Kindle Touch: see more recent post on sorting your books into collections tip #20: Kindle Collections
If you have Kindle 2 but less than 2.5: get an update! update to version 2.5
Kindle 1: continue to see belowb). Or you can sort by type of item. This is helpful if you subscribe to various blogs or magazines, or if you have send non-Amazon ebooks and pdfs to your Kindle.
- All items
- Personal documents
2. Personalized organization and search
There are ways to personalize your organization, by making use of the search function. From the Home page, you can begin typing to search for any word you like. But of course, that can bring up a word from any book so we want to make it more specific.
Every time I download or finish a book, I give it a label. To do that, I go to the Table of Contents (or chapter 1), scroll to the first word and begin typing the label to create a note. I begin each note with k/ and use labels or tags such as:
When I finish a book, I might also add a note, such as k/excellent, k/favorite etc etc.
So now when I want to find a particular genre, from the home page I type in k/thriller and up come all my books with that label.
The reason why I find this a bit better than folders is that I don't have to create a folder for every new genre or thoughts on a book, and I can give them multiple labels, such as "k/classic k/adventure k/thriller k/unread" and then whenever you're looking for any of those types of books, a simple search will pull them up.
[Edit: June 2010: more organization tools available with update to version 2.5]
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