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“Optimists are usually wrong. But all the great change in history, positive change, was done by optimists.” – Thomas Friedman

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“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow. ” -William Pollard

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“Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.” -Bill Gates

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“Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.” – William Pollard

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Kindle eBooks and managing a huge collection.

I have been a huge reader for as long as I can remember.   I can understand Henry Bemis from the Twilight Zone episode Time Enough at Last, one can never have enough books or time to read them.

I have always enjoyed my Kindles.  A couple months ago I joined a Facebook Group called Free Kindle Books! and quickly my eBook collection jumped from hundreds to thousands of books.   I have just under 9000 books at the moment.

I upgraded from my Paperwhite to an Oasis to have plenty of space to download my collection, I found that around the 6400th book the device wouldn’t download any more books.  Since then I have really tried to streamline my collection.  I removed over 3000 of the books so far.

I love Kindles but hate that there is not a real great way to segment my collection easily.  I have been thinking about throwing together a small utility to at least manage the collection when I have the device connected to USB.  The biggest thing to figure out is the data structure of the various .MOBI files and read the header information correctly.

I have been pseudo-coding some ideas for the utility.  Hopefully I can throw together at least a good way to export a list of the books I own with Title and Author if nothing else.

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