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Linjeakel said:
Thank you, Mike. Yes I've seen that thread and frankly I can't make head or tale of the instructions. I'm usually quite good at this sort of thing so I'm finding it very frustrating not being able to grasp even the fundamentals of what this does and how it works.
You're not kidding Lin, I'm usually OK with all things techie, but that thread is definitely not simple!

I think the problem is that all of the tools to modify collections do so by editing a system file on the Kindle called collections.json. This is not something that the Kindle is designed for you to do, hence the need for several restarts.

This whole approach worries me if you've already got a load of stuff on the Kindle with some collections set up, I'm worried about how robust it all is, you could end up with all your existing collections messed up and having to start from scratch.

Personally, although I'm usually keen to play with stuff to help people out, I'm afraid in this case I'd want a spare Kindle which I could use for testing, I wouldn't want to try this out on mine!

Anyway, if it helps there are a couple of threads I can point you to which may give you hints:

You may remember this thread from a while ago which had a tool to create the .json file for you http://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=47348.0.

This thread discussed that same tool and also the calibre plugin http://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=57855.0.

Chilady1 seems to have some knowledge of the plugin according to this thread http://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=55101.0, might be worth pinging her?
 

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geoffthomas said:
I WAS going to start using Calibre for managing my Kindle......
Now I am not so sure it is a good idea.

Just sayin.....
Calibre is an excellent tool for managing your ebooks. In general it is very easy to use.

This discussion is about one specific add-in to Calibre which allows you to manage collections.

Unfortunately Amazon didn't design the Kindle so that collections can be managed externally, so the add-in is modifying the Kindle system files to make the changes. As a result, it is not an easy add-in to use.

Don't let this discussion put you off using Calibre in general, just be warned that collection management is not straightforward in Calibre (or in any other PC-based tool).
 
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