New! Collection management comes to MYCD (Manage Your Content and Devices)
Thanks to a reader who let me know in a private e-mail (if you want credit in the blog, just let me know) about a new development!
It’s something people have wanted for years…or at least, it’s a step in that direction.
There was a banner at
“Cloud Collection Management is launched. Cloud Collections can be created, edited, and shared from the Manage Your Content and Devices page.”
I’ve had a chance to check it out, and it’s going to be useful, but it may not be everything people expect (but what is?). 😉
A little overview on Collections first…
“Collections” are sort of like folders on a computer or a phone. They are organizational tools. You can “put” books (and some other items) “into” these Collections.
The Collection is not the books, though. You can delete the Collection without losing the books.
Originally (once we eventually got them), the Collection just lived on one device. You created it on your Kindle (nowadays, that might also be a Fire device), and it was just there…it didn’t exist on another device on your account. You could import them, but that was a bit tricky.
Then, Amazon introduced “Cloud Collections” in 2013…I wrote about them in some depth here:
Those were visible from any compatible devices on your account…and I use them a lot. I have a Collection which is the “Guest Bookshelf”, and I’ve used that on multiple devices. I have one for apps which is “Bufo Morning”…that goes from one Fire to another.
What we haven’t been able to do, though, is actually create, rename, or delete Collections from the cloud (Amazon’s central account management system).
Well, you can now!
When you are on MYCD, you can switch where it says “Show” in your top left corner to be Collections.
From there, you’ll see your Collections, including how many items (it says “Books”, but some of mine don’t contain books) are in them. Depending on how they are sorted, you’ll get a modified date or created date. You can sort by those (either newest to oldest or oldest to newest) or alphabetical (A-Z or Z-A).
In an Actions column, you can delete or rename the Collection.
You can also use checkboxes to select Collections, and then bulk delete (you’ll see the button after you select at least one).
Those are nice…it will allow us to easily delete unused Collections. Many people experimented quite a bit at the beginning, so this is a good opportunity to clean up.
There are two big things it can not do that people want.
It won’t tell you which books (and other items) are downloaded to which devices.
You can’t move books into and out of Collections.
So, you can’t work on the items in the Collections here, but you can work on the Collections themselves.
Update: thanks to regular readers and commenters Edward Boyhan and Ann Von Hagel for pointing out that you can, in fact, move books in and out of Collections at MYCD now!
I was looking at the Collections selection, thinking that I would be able to choose a Collection and move things in and out of it. That’s an option on your device. It works, though, the other way.
You set the “View” selection to Books. Then, if a given book in at least one Collection, you’ll see that indicated with the number of Collections of which it is a part. There is a dropdown, and you can select a Collection. If you select the Collection in that dropdown, you then get to see all of the books in the Collection. That’s great! I hadn’t realized you’d be able to see them there. From there, just as you can in the Books view, you can click the Actions ellipsis (…) and choose to add or remove from Collections.
One interesting thing there: when I added one to a Collection on MYCD, I could then remove it from there. When I got to the Collection with the method I described in the previous paragraph, where I selected the Collection from the dropdown in the Books view, it was showing me it was in a Collection…but didn’t give me the option to remove the book from a Collection. I may have to experiment with that more…it might be that MYCD doesn’t give you the remove option unless it was added there.
When you choose to add a book to a Collection at MYCD, you get the option to create a new Collection in situ…that’s also a nice feature!
I just did that…very simple, pretty much just typing in a new name. It was smart enough to add the book to the new Collection, without having to take an extra step. I added a few books to that Collection, then checked on my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX…and the Collection was immediately there (I was connected to Wi-Fi, but did not have to tell it to sync).
That means that (unless I’m missing it), the only big thing I’m not seeing is on which devices the books/Collections reside currently.
Thanks, Ann and Edward!
This is a beginning…I’m sure there will be more coming in the future. They do have a content management system for enterprises (companies and schools and such) called Whispercast, but this is unrelated to that.
The other thing they’ve added to MYCD that I noted was that they’ve added Prime Reading
to the choice of items to review.
As long as we have Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), I don’t think we’ll ever see anything in that section in my family…just in KU. People who don’t have KU will see their Prime Reading borrows there.
What do you think? If you have any questions or th0ughts, feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.