Organize library on computer

Status: Under Review

It would be nice to be able to organize the library on each of your devices on your computer (both shelves for all devices, and what profiles items are assigned to on the HD and HD+).  A lot of things are easier on the computer with a mouse and keyboard than on a touchscreen device.  It would also be much easier to do bulk changes on a computer with checkboxes, etc.  Being able to organize your library from B&N's website (or even a Nook application on your computer) could also be used as a way to back up shelves, and easily restore them after a device has been deregistered and registered again.

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by Administrator BN_AlexG on ‎03-26-2013 09:42 AM
Status changed to: Under Review
Thanks for the suggestion!
by nookentine on ‎04-06-2013 08:49 PM

As a B&N member and multiple Nook owner, I am so disappointed that this particular feature has not yet been addressed.  This is a long, overdue feature repeatedly asked for by so many Nook owners.  The utilization of the "my nook" area on the website is not being used like it could be.  Nook owners could manage and shelve books, apps and mags via the "my nook" page and have items sync to their devices/nook apps from there.  

 

Could B&N form a Nook customer based group to get our ideas through??..... because it seems as if ideas fall on deaf ears.  Obviously, no one in the design team has more than 100 books on their device(s)......and/or has never had to re-shelve books.  Eventually, I will give up any hope for online shelving capability.....and just have one shelf.  I will name it "books."

by The_Nightguy on ‎07-23-2013 10:26 PM

I too own more than one nook (both the original and glowlight) and have waited eagerly for what seems to be a "no-brainer" update. the ability to create and populate shelves on the PC while the nook is connected is conspicuous by its absence. With a library the size of mine shelves are the only way to keep track of things. All nooks should also have the default "shelf" of "Unshelved books" to keep you from needing to go through the entire library each time you want to add a book to the shelves.

 

This may not be a big problem for book purchased from B&N but for those with long established e-braries that must be sideloaded it is beyond frustrating.

by Rafn_Reader on ‎09-09-2013 01:00 PM

Please give me a better tool for this. The shelves idea doesn't really work with my 170+ B&N books and I have several thousand other books on it it fails completely for me.  The modern US library has already worked out how to organize large numbers of books. Maybe you could mimic what they do.

 

Creating a PC based tool would be a wonderful addition to a better structure on the nook.  Maybe you could integrate with some of the apps already out there, such as Calibre.

 

by JRScarborough on ‎09-11-2013 02:43 PM

Rafn_Reader, If you're already familiar Calibre and understand how it works, what more do you need in terms of integration with your Nook device?

 

Calibre integrates perfectly with my HD+ and with all of my other devices as well.  I have over 1,200 ebooks in my Calibre library, sorted and organized as well or better than any public library system.  I'm not sure what else you're looking for but I've been using Calibre for years.  If you need help with the program, post your questions or problems.  Perhaps I or someone else on the forums can help you.

by tats on ‎09-11-2013 07:23 PM

I have asked Nook support teams this very question on more than one occasion.  One said that it was a "novel" idea!  I have over 300 books on my Nook, and it is very overwhelming.  I liked how in the 1st generation Nook, if a book was shelved, it was pulled from the list.  All others were on the "unshelved" shelf.  I really need to be able to organize on the computer.  Please get on this!!!!

by scifi_lover_4_a_long_time on ‎10-20-2013 11:03 PM

I, also, have used Calibre but I read too fast and am at 1800+ books/shorts in 20 months (read them all - some multiple times). I have to be very organized or I'll buy the same books a second time at a different publisher. I deem my PC my primary device and the Nook as disposable reader as I routinely spend more than its purchase price for a week's reading. I also broke a couple of Nooks (bathtub and 2 story cement crash).

 

I use my PC to organize my epubs (and other file types) but as files and folders. Calibre is fine but my primary organization is genre, then author with a 'Misc' folder for authors for which I only own three titles. I do not wish to wade through all my authors all the time. I rename my download files to contain series, title and author while retaining the isbn. Series information and numbering is awful at most publishing sites for which Barnes and Noble is no exception.

 

I have a new folder for which I put this week's download in a date-named folder. I do 'shelve' the book on my PC. When I feel that I need to clean up the organization on the Nook's chip - I delete everything. One xcopy command in a run cmd.exe prompt will copy all your epubs afresh to the chip, reset all your books to the first page and have all your books put away in your PC's organization.

 

Thankfully we've got the add-on chip and direct access to it as well as the on-board.

by JRScarborough ‎10-26-2013 01:38 PM - edited ‎10-26-2013 01:40 PM

"I use my PC to organize my epubs (and other file types) but as files and folders. Calibre is fine but my primary organization is genre, then author with a 'Misc' folder for authors for which I only own three titles. I do not wish to wade through all my authors all the time. I rename my download files to contain series, title and author while retaining the isbn. Series information and numbering is awful at most publishing sites for which Barnes and Noble is no exception."

 

Calibre will do all of this and much more.  You can easily set up  a user-defined column for genre.  There's already a default column in the GUI for series info and you can also edit the metadata and book titles to add the series reading order to the title of each book so it displays on your reading device.

 

For me, Calibre is an indispensible tool for managing my ebook library and I give it my highest recommendation to everyone who isn't satisfied with the limited sorting and library management options offered by B&N, Amazon, etc.

 

There are several excellent tutorials available for new users.  Here are links to a few of them:

http://www.howtogeek.com/73979/how-to-organize-your-ebook-collection-with-calibre/

http://blog.the-ebook-reader.com/2010/06/20/getting-started-with-calibre-ebook-management/

http://dearauthor.com/ebooks/create-your-own-cloud-of-ebooks-with-calibre-calibre-opds-dropbox/

http://dearauthor.com/ebooks/setting-up-a-new-library-with-calibre-user-created-columns-and-saved-se...

by hedwards92 on ‎12-04-2013 09:43 AM

The problem with Callibre is that it won't organize the B&N books without a legally questionable cracking of the DRM so that you can side load the content. It probably works great on content that's not protected though.

 

AFAIK, not only has B&N not seen fit to give us a decent shelving utility, they don't permit 3rd parties to change the shelves either.

 

Unless of course, I'm missing something here. Callibre isn't aware of how my Nook has the files organized or what shelves they might be on.

by Nevermore1 on ‎12-22-2013 04:42 PM

Agree that shelving/organizing could be improved big time!  Also, it would be nice to see what shelves a book has already been added to.  When doing my shelves on my new nook I can't always remember if I put a particular book on a shelf for mysteries when I am doing a shelf for horror so I may end up with a book on mutiple shelves.

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