How to Organize an eBook Library

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Don't let eBooks clutter up your hard drive. Here's how to organize a digital library that keeps the best resources at your fingertips!

Whether or not you own an eReading device, you probably have a few {or a maybe lot!} of downloadable eBook files on your computer right now.

These value-packed PDF’s are offered either as an incentive to sign up for our favorite bloggers’ email lists, or sold directly from their website. There are even various eBook bundle sales available to us that include a handful, or motherload, of eBooks for one low price.

Needless to say, with so many opportunities to receive and purchase eBooks, I’ve collected a lot over the last few years. Yet while these PDF’s continue to pile up on my computer, they become digital clutter that is almost as bad as the physical kind. And isn’t the whole point of eBooks the fact that they supposedly take up less space?

One look at my desktop and I realized I had eBooks on my hard drive, flash drive, and various folders here and there. They were quickly getting out of control, but I didn’t want to delete all of them. There were still so many I wanted, and needed, to read!

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Well, I finally sat down this past week and decided this craziness had to stop. These eBooks needed organizing badly, and I was ready to stop procrastinating. When I realized how easy it was, I could have kicked myself for waiting so long!

If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by the amount of eBooks you currently have, there is hope! Here’s exactly how to keep those files from taking over your hard drive:

3 Steps to Organize an eBook Library

1. On your desktop, right click to create a new folder, and then rename it “eBooks”. Psst…the cute desktop organizer below is from Moritz Fine Designs. You need to get yourself one stat!

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2. Within that folder, create categories {as subfolders} relevant to all the eBook topics you own. You will probably add more categories the deeper you sort. I started out with 6, but ended with 19….it really depends on how specific you want each category to be.

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3. Drag and drop files into the appropriate folders. As you move each file into the correct category, it will leave a copy in your original location. Check your new file folder first to make sure the eBook carried over, then delete the other copy. Computers can be wonky sometimes and you would hate to lose that book!

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3 Bonus Tips to Remember

Organizing is one thing, but decluttering and developing a system that you can maintain is another. Here are a few extra steps to practice while you rearrange your new library!

  • Clear out the eBooks you aren’t interested in anymore. Move them to the trash {it’s really OK to delete!}, or send along to a friend and get rid of your copy. The same goes for duplicate eBooks, which if you’ve bought a few eBook bundles, you probably have a few already.
  • Keep out one or two eBooks that you really want to read. If you’re anything like me, I have such good intentions of reading eBooks, but out of sight – out of mind!  Now I have at least 2 ebooks sitting on my desktop to remind me to read them. When I’m finished, I’ll either delete, or file them, then pull out another two to read.
  • Rename the files of the eBooks you’ve already read. For the eBooks that you have read and want to keep as a reference, click to rename the file, but put –READ at the end, so you know you’ve already read that book.

That’s pretty much it!

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I would strongly encourage you to back up this eBook folder right away, then again every 6 months as you add new eBooks to your library. An external hard drive works best, but a decently sized flash drive will do as well. You don’t want your computer to crash with all those precious eBooks!

Are you inspired to dig in and start organizing? I know it was such a relief to me to finally have this project finished. It had been on the back of my mind for months, and I can’t believe how much I let it get away from me.

Now I have a wonderful eBook library full of amazing resources at my fingertips, and I can’t wait to start reading some of those eBooks that were {until now} completely buried in my digital archives. I might just be ready for a few more!

Do you read eBooks?

How do you keep them organized?

 

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  1. kathy says

    Thanks for the idea and the motivation!! I just finished this after reading your post and I love it. I have my desktop back in decent order and I discovered books (and forms saved from the web) that I had forgotten all about. YAY!

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