Hello fellow readers. I had a lot of response to my post reflecting on my Kindle (find it HERE) AKA my true reading love. A common theme is trying to figure out how to actively organize your Kindle books. If you do not know what is on your bookshelves then it is hard to know what you have to read.
If you have had your Kindle for a while you could easily be in the 100s of books. I am nearing 4000 Kindle bought books. I wonder if I get some sort of badge when I break over 4000. I officially have more books then the typical Kindle can even hold.
As you can imagine it is next to impossible for me to find anything. So, I have devoted 2018 to organizing (and starting to read) some of my books. The great news is that I am going to share what I have learned in a series that will publish every Monday in 2018.
I had thousands of books in my Want to Read folder. The problem is that there was no order to any of the books. Some of the books were books I had bought on Amazon. Other books I had seen when searching around Goodreads. Some were recommendations or authors reaching out asking me to read their book. With so many books there was no way to really understand what was in my Want to Read folder.
It should be easy. All I need to do is go in and delete out all the books and start it over. Which is exactly what I did. However, deleting all the books from your Want to Read folder is not as easy as it sounds. It also requires the use of a computer. To the best of my knowledge it cannot be done on your Kindle or the mobile app.
1. Go to My Books
If you use Goodreads regularly then you should easily identify where the My Books tab is on the top of the webpage. Click on this tab.
2. Go to currently reading
On the My Books page there is a column on the left labeled bookshelves. Under bookshelves is a stable shelf labeled currently reading. Click on currently reading.
3. Click on Batch Edit
First click on Batch Edit on the top right of your screen. Under Self make sure that to-read is selected.
4. Select all your books
On the bottom of the screen make sure that infinite scroll is selected. Then scroll until you reach the bottom of your list. If you have hundreds or thousands of books in your to-read shelf then this will take some time.
At the top of the screen (under the Self selection) click select all. If you have scrolled all the way to the bottom of your list then all books in your to-read folder will be selected.
To not overload goodreads you may want to only select a hundred or so books at a time.
5. Remove Books
You will want to click on "remove books from all shelves". Since to-read is a fixed shelf it will not let you remove books from only this shelf. Please note, all books in your to-read shelf will be removed. However, if you have a massive amount of books stored in here this is exactly what you want.
If you did not select all of your books originally then you will need to repeat the above steps until all books are removed from your to-read shelf.