Know your Cybook: channel your inner librarian, because today we’re going to talk about organising your library with Collections! Let’s start from the beginning:
What are these “Collections” you speak of?
What’s a Collection? It’s a list! And it’s a simple way to organise your books on your ebook reader. Collections let you organise your books to find them more easily; very handy if you like to keep your entire library with you at all times! You’ll find them at the top of your Library (center button > Library, or from the Home of your Cybook “See all” to the right of “Library”).
Collections vs. Folders
As you probably know, you can use folders to organise your library (find them at the bottom of the Library), just like you do with files on your computer. So what’s the difference between the two? Simple. Folders let you organise your ebooks (the files themselves) just like you would organise paper books in shelves. If you put an ebook in one folder, you can’t put it in any others, unless you make a copy. A Collection, on the other hand, is like a shortcut to the file. So without moving or copying the file, you can add an ebook to as many Collections as you like!
Bonus tip: is organisation your super-power? Do you have the soul of a slightly OCD librarian (no judgement)? Use both folders and collections for a library organised to within an inch of its life!
How to make a new Collection
To create a new Collection, in your Library (center button > Library) choose “My Collections” at the top of the list. Then tap the Collections button next to the magnifying glass, select “Create Collection”, and give it a name. Your new collection is added to the list, ready to fill with books.
To add books to a Collection, two options
First option, starting from the Collection: select the Collection you want to add to from the list, then the “Collections” button again, and choose “Add Book(s) to the Collection”. Tick the boxes to the right of all the books you want to add (you can turn the pages of your library to add as many as you like), then confirm with the “Add book(s)” button at the bottom of the screen.
Second option, starting from the book: in your library, long-press the book you want to add to open the contextuel menu, then choose “Add to Collections”. Tick the box of the Collection(s) you want to add it to and confirm with the “Add Book” button. You can add the same book to as many collections as you like!
Collections of what exactly?
Collections are great for finding your books based on whatever criteria matter to you! Do you read a lot of series with countless books (Disc-World fans, I’m looking at you 😉 )? Collections will let you keep your series all together or even make lists of certain books from the series (a collection of all the Watch books maybe? 😉 ). Do you like to participate in reading challenges? Do you have a reading list for a class, or for work? Do you like to keep a few books with short stories or essays handy for the odd 5-minute read when you’re queueing somewhere or are only travelling 3 stations? Want easy access to your Desert Island 10? Collections have got your back.
Bonus tip: if you make Collections for your series, you can add the book number at the beginning of the file name and sort by File Name to find your books listed in order.
Bookeeners have tons of ideas for how to use Collections and we got some great replies to our twitter poll! You mentioned using Collections for keeping track of books in different languages, genres, separating Fiction from Non-Fiction and poetry from short stories, for making your own short story anthologies or magazines…