Sorting purchases into folders & a unified dropbox folder request

Usability issue on the user account -> products listing page

When you create folders the left column is fixed in the page layout, so as you scroll down your folder scrolls up away off the screen. If you have lots of books then each time you want to add one to a folder you have to scroll down to the book (maybe quite a long way down) then drag and wait while it's scrolling up to the folders again.. since the books don't disappear from the main view when put in a folder it's hard to know what you've already filed.

Either a floating left column or an 'add to folder' link in the product view would solve the problem. It'd be REALLY nice if the book had some sort of indication (like a small coloured corner etc.) that it is in a folder and so already sorted.

Really happy with being able to take all of my (50+?) O'reilly books around and read on my phone, but they're getting a bit difficult to sort and manage..

Also the dropbox sync puts things into separate folders, while I can see why (different file types put together) it actually makes organising them frustrating and importing them tiresome. If they all went into a folder together, the filenames alone would be enough to sort them into exactly the same order but be much more user friendly. Maybe it's a technical issue with how they are synched with dropbox, i.e. you are programatically 'sharing a folder' not just a file.

Anyway, just my comments, thanks for providing a form for me to put them into! (from a happy customer)
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  • Hi James,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on this! We appreciate hearing your experience with using the site.

    Thanks for the suggestions on improving the folder options. We'll consider these. In the meantime, you may find it helps to filter your list of products by title or reverse the sort order, so you don't have to drag products from the bottom of the page.

    Sorry that the Dropbox folder structure is inconvenient. I believe this was set up this way for a technical reason, but we appreciate the feedback.

    Thanks again for taking the time to write, and I'm glad to hear you're happy overall!

    Rachel James
    O'Reilly Media
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