3 Hacks For Protecting Your Books

Animal Farm The day Amazon reached into hundreds of owners’ Kindles and deleted Animal Farm out of hand is the stuff of legend, now.

But since then, nothing has changed that would prevent Amazon, or any retailer with their own proprietary readers (Barnes & Noble, Nook, Sony eReader) from doing the same thing (again).

If the idea of losing some of your romances, now that you’ve acquired them, fills you with anxiety, then here are some hacks that will get around the issue of retailer removal.

Don’t keep all your books on your reader

A surprising number of book lovers I know have never once set up their reader’s application on their computer and synchronized data.  They keep their reader separate from their computer and all their books on their reader.

Learn how to synchronize your reader with your computer, so that the book collection is replicated on your hard drive.

Then delete from your reader all the books you won’t read in the next week or two.  They’re safe on your computer and you’ll simplify the reader’s title offerings, making choosing what to read next hassle-free.

Don’t keep all your books in your reader’s directory

Eye on Flat Panel MonitorOnce you have synchronized and/or backed-up your reader collection to the hard drive, don’t leave the collection sitting in your reader’s back up directory.

Copy the books over to a centralized directory where all your ebooks can be permanently stored – including books from other readers, if you have multiple reader applications.

This is your library collection and is beyond the influence or reach of retailers.

Back up your permanent library collection

There are a slew of cloud storage spaces available for free or low cost these days, and back-up data drives are cheap (I just paid less than $200 for a 3 Terrabyte external hard drive, for instance.)

Set up auto back-up software or timed applications so that your permanent library is replicated in the cloud or another hard drive.

This double copying makes your collection virtually fail-safe and the loss of any book in that collection next to impossible.