A question came up an older post yesterday about managing Collections on Kindle apps. I said I would do an article with directions and screen shots to answer the question, so here it is.

Collections are a feature I love on my Kindle and barely ever use in any other ereading device. For some reason having a clean Kindle screen is important to me, and I don’t care as much on other devices and in apps. However, Collections are a must-have feature for many people, and here’s how to set them up and manage them in the Kindle apps. While the screen shots are from my iPad, the process is basically the same in Kindle for Android.

Open the Kindle app and navigate to the Collections screen. In both versions, it’s available by tapping the Menu icon (which looks like three bars). That opens the side menu, and you select Collections view

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Once you’re in Collections view, you can start to manage them. As you’ll see below, I already have some set up. You’ll notice most of them are empty. The empty ones contain books that are local to my Kindle and are not synced to the Cloud. Why the blank cover in “Reading?” Because that’s my Kindle Lending Library book for the month, which isn’t downloadable to a Kindle app.

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Collections in the Cloud are one of the things people either love or hate about Collections. I’d prefer to have Collections by device so I don’t have all those blank Collections in the app, which is why I seldom use Collections in the Kindle apps. I just download the book I’m currently reading and that’s about it.

Anyway, you create a new Collection by tapping the + on the top right of the screen, and you’ll get the option to name it.

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Once you touch Create, you’ll get a screen where you can add books. Of course, you can always add or delete later by opening the Collection and tapping the + button. (Note that the buttons are in slightly different places on Android but are still easy to find.)

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You’ll get this screen where you can scroll through to find books you want to add.

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The question that sparked this post was how to move books from “Unread” to “Read.” It’s simple. When you finish a book, long-press it, and you’ll get the option to remove from one collection and add to another. Obviously, you’ll have to add the book to your “Read” Collection before you remove it from “Unread,” but it’s straightforward. (Again, note that it will look a bit different in Android. Your options are in a bar across the top of the screen, but otherwise, it’s the same process.)

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Want to delete a Collection? Easy enough. Long press it, and you’ll get the option to do that. In the latest iOS update, Amazon added the option to download an entire collection. Let’s say you’ve created an “Unread” Collection on your Kindle or in another app. Since Collections are synced to the Cloud, you can download the entire Collection to a new device. Pretty cool, eh?

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That’s everything you need to know about creating and managing Collections in the Kindle apps. Go forth and organize your books!