Sorting ebooks?

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    Hi everyone!

    I'm brand new to the forum and hope someone can answer a question for me. I've purchased a number of ebooks from Amazon (and one or two from B&N). I can open and read them without a problem BUT I would like to be able to "sort" them according to genre - history, cooking, instructional, mystery novels, romance. Is there a way to do that? Thanks!

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    What app are you using to read them? If you're using iBooks, the native iPad app, you can create folders and call them, as you suggest, 'History', 'Cooking' etc and then put all the relevant books into those folders.

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    Hmmm...I'm using Kindle to read the ebooks from Amazon. The ebooks within Kindle can be sorted by 1) Recent, 2) Title or 3) Author. The B&N is opened in NOOK.

    I'm familiar with making folders on the desktop and have used them for categorizing games, shopping, entertainment and food. I would love to be able to do the same with the books. I will no doubt end up with hundreds of them by the time I'm satisfied. :)
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    Unfortunately, in the iPad, each app keeps a local copy of the files that it uses - there is no central filing system like in Windows. So it would not be possible for Kindle, Nook and iBooks to organise their books into a central repository. However, having said that, the closest you'll come is GoodReader...



    There is a program that most all iPad users have called GoodReader. It's the 'Swiss Army Knife' for the iPad and it can store files all together and in folders - or however you want them - and can transfer files to and from your PC using either WiFi or USB without the need for iTunes. It's built in web-browser can download files too, something that Safari doesn't offer - except for PDF format. From within GoodReader you can open those files in any app that supports that type of file. Having said that, though, when a compatible app does open that file it makes a local copy that it works on, so the original copy in GoodReader is left untouched. If you want to store the modified file in GoodReader you have to transfer it back there by some means.

    GoodReader can also attach several files to an email and then send them using the iPad's native Mail app - something you can't do from within Mail itself. It also gives you the opportunity to annotate PDF files and save the resulting file so that it can be read on a PC or Mac.

    Tim
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    Thank you so much, Tim. It was very kind of you to type all that out for me. You've given me something to think about! But for now, I'm afraid it's time to call it a day. I'll probably dream of apps tonight! Good night.
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    I had to come back and quickly add that I just purchased GoodReader before heading off to bed. Thanks again for your help. :)
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