Ebook Organization: JOY <3

So I finally got off my butt and downloaded Calibre on my laptop so I can convert some of the PDFs I have on hand to a .mobi format (thus making them more readable on my Kindle). Funnily enough, the first thing I did was take some of the .mobi books from my library and turn them into PDF files for my brother so he can read them.

In any case, that kicked off some majorly obsessive organizing and re-organizing the ebooks I have on hand. I’m still trying to decide if I should arrange them according to genre/purpose or if I should do the author thing. Right now, I have examples of both.

Decisions, decisions.

I really need to think about this (Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker)

I don’t always fix my stuff; but when I do, I try to do it as well as I could. Which means I spend hours on it. HOURS. And I find those hours wonderful because they give me a sense of fulfillment. These things can stay in their place until I move them again. You can’t say the same of life, right? Somehow, I find being able to control this makes me feel better.

Internet, how do YOU organize your stuff? Do you base it on the creator? Genre? Heck. COLOR?

Hm. Maybe I should fix this according to series.

Unexpected Object Lust

Have you ever seen something that’s so useless (except peripherally), but so lovely that you literally stop going about your daily life just to share it with the rest of the world?

I have.  Many times, in fact.  But this is different, I swear.

It’s custom dust jackets for Young Adult books.  And the moment I saw them, I wanted them.

(And yeah, I wanted the Etsy pin that inspired them too.  But one thing at a time, please).

Given that I’ve had trouble with people who are judgmental over book choices and my own aversion to certain types of book covers (not to mention people who try to talk to me when I’m CLEARLY trying to read), I think these dust jackets are a perfect solution.

Fun Dust Jackets for Readers
I mean, who would dare disturb you now?*

My only beef with these is that they come in just one size.  But hey, I’m sure I can modify them to suit my needs.

Which ones are your favorite?  Do you have any other ideas for dust jackets?

I am Stalking Maria Popova on Twitter and I will Never Regret It

So remember when I mentioned somewhere that I’ve gotten into BrainPickings?  It ended up being my excuse to stalk the awesome brainpicker Maria Popova on Twitter.

Don’t look at me like that.  We all know that Twitter is for stalking people.  I stalk Neil Gaiman and Nathan Fillion there too.  It’s totally not weird.

Anyway, following Miz Popova (only I call her that, in my head, without her knowing) on Twitter lets me see what really catches her (often discerning) attention.  Today, one of those things happened to be book-friendly seats.  (CLICK IT!  Such things of beauty, I tell you!)

I want the one in the exact center.

As if that weren’t enough that same link led me to an old BrainPickings post on re-imagining bookshelves, which I find absolutely magical.

A magical bookshelf, shaped like a tree
Whose bodies do I have to offer to the gods to have this in the living room?  And which gods?

So yeah.  I will NEVER regret stalking Maria Popova.  She shares so many pretty things and pretty thoughts.  I recommend that you either stalk her on Twitter too, or at least wander around her site BrainPickings.  I found some of the absolute best reads of my life there.

Who DOESN’T Like Open Books?

Last Christmas, I may not have given you my heart – but I did, however, get something awesome from my genius Irish twin Leo.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you….


A hands-free reading product
Look, Ma! No hands!

Now don’t get me wrong – I actually like holding my paperback books when I read them (because that means I can snort those pages anytime I wish; clearly, I’m addicted to that perfect ink and paper smell).  But some of the bigger, heavier books are more difficult to handle without any assistance.  At least with this doohickey, I can keep any book open with very little effort .

The Gimble in action
See how easy it is?

Frankly, I absolutely loved this thing because it made reading while commuting much easier.  It doesn’t matter what the size of your book is – the Gimble will keep that mother open.  I find that awesome, since carrying big books on the train used to be such a freaking chore – not because of the weight, but because of the way you have to hold it just so you can read while standing up and accidentally humping the person next to you (it’s an accident, ma’am; I SWEAR).

Do I recommend having one of these? Hell yeah.  I want EVERYONE to have one of these.  I may already have a Kindle, but that doesn’t mean I won’t relapse and scramble for a treebook (term courtesy of Insatiable Book Sluts).  And when I do, I absolutely need the Gimble.

Does anyone out there know of other stuff that make reading easier?  Because I’d really like to see if I can get a hold of them here.

Photos above courtesy of That Company Called If