Making Amazon Friendly for the Hardcore Reader

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My Amazon wishlist is at 483 items. Almost all books. It is now… officially… unmanageable.

When I want a set of books I had earmarked to buy, it is easier for me to find them again from scratch than navigating through my maze of a wishlist.

I can’t be the only one who works like this? Having taken over several rooms and the better part of a full garage with my ever-expanding book collection, I’m at the point where I have to either move (in the works) or carefully choose the order in which books come in. My solution is to buy books in topic-specific clusters. One week direct mail, one week chinese military texts, and so on. I read them, keep the books I want to be able to refer to at a moments notice nearby, and store the rest. The process the repeats.

I already like Amazon… I’d LOVE Amazon if they’d allow me to a) categorize and b) search my wishlist. Aside from making me happy, my already astronomical purchases with them would increase even more. Make it easy for me to buy, please. grin

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1 Anonymous June 20, 2004 at 4:06 am

Are You Afraid of Competition?
A couple of weeks ago Michael Cage made some suggestions to Amazon about how to make his shopping experience with them more fulfilling. I’ve got a couple of my own for my local bookstores. I usually buy my books in
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2 Anonymous June 20, 2004 at 9:06 am

Are You Afraid of Competition?
A couple of weeks ago Michael Cage made some suggestions to Amazon about how to make his shopping experience with them more fulfilling. I’ve got a couple of my own for my local bookstores. I usually buy my books in——-

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3 Anonymous June 20, 2004 at 9:06 am

Are You Afraid of Competition?
A couple of weeks ago Michael Cage made some suggestions to Amazon about how to make his shopping experience with them more fulfilling. I’ve got a couple of my own for my local bookstores. I usually buy my books in——-

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4 Anonymous June 8, 2004 at 7:06 pm

Ankesh,

Thanks for the kinds words.

I read, in-depth about 2 books a week. We’ll say 100 a year.

I also scan, read select chapters, reference, and pull out information from at least another 500. Most of the books I buy I don’t read in-depth, and they are still just as valuable to me to have around.

Michael Cage

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5 Anonymous June 9, 2004 at 12:06 am

Ankesh,
Thanks for the kinds words.
I read, in-depth about 2 books a week. We’ll say 100 a year.
I also scan, read select chapters, reference, and pull out information from at least another 500. Most of the books I buy I don’t read in-depth, and they are still just as valuable to me to have around.
Michael Cage

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6 Anonymous June 6, 2004 at 2:06 pm

Ditto. Only 246 items on mine (although I probably have the same number on my offline list).

Since I’m rather sad I use a Perl program to download and collate them so I can keep them handy on my PalmOS box grin

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7 Anonymous June 6, 2004 at 1:06 am

Great blog.

How many books do you read a year?

I calculated and found out that I read about 50 books a year.
And I had about 110 books in my wishlist. Thats more than 2 years of reading right there.
So I deleted a few from my wishlist. The ones that dont have a 4 star rating go.
I have cut down to 89 books and more will go soon.

Now I buy books that some one has suggested me to read or that have not been read by others. This way I can find the gems.
Others go off the wishlist. Simple.

If I read about a book, it wont go on the wishlist even though I find it interesting. If its
any good, some one will recommend it to me and then it can go on the wishlist.

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8 Anonymous June 6, 2004 at 6:06 am

Great blog.
How many books do you read a year?
I calculated and found out that I read about 50 books a year.
And I had about 110 books in my wishlist. Thats more than 2 years of reading right there.
So I deleted a few from my wishlist. The ones that dont have a 4 star rating go.
I have cut down to 89 books and more will go soon.
Now I buy books that some one has suggested me to read or that have not been read by others. This way I can find the gems.
Others go off the wishlist. Simple.
If I read about a book, it wont go on the wishlist even though I find it interesting. If its
any good, some one will recommend it to me and then it can go on the wishlist.

Reply

9 Anonymous June 2, 2004 at 12:06 am

I feel your pain. My wishlist is 256 items. It was much larger.
I have found compact view helps as well as having it reveal only unpurchased items. Deleting purchased items off the list helps.
It is amazing how as you learn to leverage one thing something else comes up that is a limitation. Lots of websites seem to think that you only do a very few things online. and they take a long time if ever to learn to scale to the power user.

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10 Anonymous June 2, 2004 at 5:06 am

I feel your pain. My wishlist is 256 items. It was much larger.
I have found compact view helps as well as having it reveal only unpurchased items. Deleting purchased items off the list helps.
It is amazing how as you learn to leverage one thing something else comes up that is a limitation. Lots of websites seem to think that you only do a very few things online. and they take a long time if ever to learn to scale to the power user.

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