One of the greatest advantages of computers is that they can store a lot of information. And one of the greatest challenges can be finding what you need in that vast expanse of information. The All Romance/OmniLit Library is no different. When you first open a shiny new account and make your first purchase, finding the books in the Library is quick and easy because they’re the only ones on the page. But as the weeks, months and years go by and the number of books in your Library grows to Titanic proportions, finding a single book in that vast sea can be a daunting task.
Digimonkey recently talked about using the Archive to help organize your Library, and that’s a great way to start. However, sometimes you need to find a specific book in your Library quickly, so Digi’s going to give you a few tools to do exactly that.
Sort by Title
When you login and go to your All Romance/OmniLit Library, you will see all your books listed in alphabetical order by title, beginning with any numbers, then “A” and ending with “Z”. This is the default setting for the Library list, so if you know you’re looking for a book with a title that begins with “M”, you can use the scroll bar to go down to the “M” section of your Library and locate the specific title. Simple and straightforward!
Sort by Author
But what if you would like to see all the books you have purchased that are by a single author, perhaps because you’re trying to figure out if you have all the books in a given series or if a backlist book is one you already own? In your Library, you will find a handy little link that allows you to sort your Library by Author rather than Title. The link is located just beneath the “Downloaded Books” heading and just above the first downloaded book in your Library.
When you click on the link, the page will refresh and your Library will sort by author, beginning with first names that start with “A” and ending with first names that start with “Z”, something like this: Cat Johnson, Eliza Gayle, Kathryn Lively, Samantha Sommersby.
Anthologies with multiple authors will be listed by whichever author would be listed first alphabetically, so in the above example, the anthology would appear in the Library list along with any other books by Cat Johnson because “C” is before “E” “K” or “S”.
You will also notice that after you click the Sort by Author link, it automatically changes so that it now reads “Sort by Title”, which enables you to go back and forth between the two sorting options.
Using the “Find” command
But wait, there’s more! Let’s say you want to find all the books in your Library with “Vampire” in the title. Every browser has a “Find” command that allows you to search a website page for a specific word or phrase, and then scroll through the listings that matched your search using the arrow or “next” buttons.
To access the Find command:
- Go to the “Edit” menu in the browser and select “Find”
or, use Digi’s favorite keyboard shortcut
- Hold down the Command key (MAC) or Control key (PC), tap the “F” key once, then release the Command/Control key.
Both methods will automatically open the “Find” text box in the website browser.
Digi’s gathered examples of what the Find box will look like in some common browsers.
Safari (appears in the upper right of the browser window)
Firefox (appears in the lower left of the browser window)
Chrome (appears in the upper right of the browser window)
Digi hopes these tips will make finding the information you need in your Library a breeze. And speaking of breeze, it’s time for Digi to swing off for her banana break!
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