Yesterday, l learnt this lesson the hard way.
As an author, you may think I’m refering to research about a book your writing. While it applies to that also, that’s not what I’m talking about, though it is to do with books.
It all started when I decided to organise my kindle. As any kindle owner will know, over a period of time, it easy to end up with hundreds of books on your device. In my case 1325 to be exact. The problem I had is, I don’t get all my books from Amazon. When you download books from other sites like Smashwords, or authors websites, you can find that books aren’t titled the same way. As someone who likes organisation, this can be annoying. I want to type a series name into my kindle and have all the books show up at once, with the number order of the series easy to see. So I decided to rectify the situation.
I transfered all my books to my computer and set about deleting ones I didn’t like and renaming ones I did.
Three days later I’d organised 300 of them. Yes you read that right, three days to do 300 books.
Needless to say I was getting very bored and annoyed. With mobi files dancing around my head and making my eyes hurt, I decided to put the ones I’d done back on my kindle.
That’s where the problem started.
As I transfered them across and opened my kindle, one thing became perfectly clear.
All the names were exactly the same as before.
I was not impressed. This led me to Google to find out why.
It turns out, the file names are meta data and can only be changed by certain programs. If the book is data protected, I’m guessing it can’t be changed at all.
So, in conclusion, I’ve just wasted three days doing absolutely sod all!
I’d like to be angry at my self for my blatant waste of time but, unfortunately, all I feel is stupid. Which brings me to the title of this post.
No matter what you are doing, do your research. Other wise you might end up with three days wasted and an annoying headache.