It seems like 2013 was the year of the eBook bundle! At first, it was pretty thrilling. All these amazing products in one bundle for next to nothing. But then, it became bundle-mania and everybody and their mother was offering bundle upon bundle of eBooks.
I have been in my fair share of bundles as a contributor and have been VERY selective about which bundles I am involved in. I don't want to overburden my readers with promotion after promotion.
I am also the organizer for the Mindful Nurturing monthly bundles (which are VERY unique compared to the other bundles out there) as well as the Nourished Living Network bundles (which will be on hiatus for a bit as we gear up for super amazing project which is FREE to all of you and goes live in about 6 weeks). As an organizer, my job is obviously to promote what I have worked hard at creating. But even then, I am very deliberate in how I present the information to you. I want YOU to decide if you can legitimately benefit from the offerings and not just purchase because it is a good deal.
My goal for my blog is to have my readers come to TRUST ME! I will never promote a single product, bundle of eBooks, service or the like unless I am intimately familiar with it. I want you to know that if I endorse something, I have really used the product, read the book (or in the case of a bundle, vetted those that interest me the most), tried out the service, etc…
So why am I telling you all this???
I have been getting a lot of emails from my readers asking me about how to deal with all the products in a bundle. It really is a good question. I mean, I know from experience that downloading and trying to figure out what to do with 70 eBooks can be really overwhelming.
There are going to be a few more bundles coming your way before the end of 2013 and honestly, they are all pretty incredible. And two of the bundles, as incredible as they are, are going to seem really overwhelming simply because there are SOOOOO many eBooks being offered as part of the package.
So today, I would like to share with you what I do when I purchase a bundle of products. I think you will find it incredibly helpful and hopefully it will ease your mind when it comes to figuring out how to manage such a large bundle of products.
First – do NOT feel like you actually need to utilize each product in a bundle. You don't. I mean, there are always going to be a few resources that you will likely never need, not need immediately, or don't agree with for whatever reason. So don't feel compelled to make use of the entire bundle. Purchase it for those products that you DO want and will read/use.
I always look at the individual cost of the books I really am interested in. Say there are 70 books being offered and I really only want 6 of them. Those six books, if purchased alone, would set me back $52. But the bundle is only $40. So…..it is worth it to buy the bundle and set the rest of the offerings aside for later.
Which brings me to my methodology. When I download eBooks from a bundle purchase, I create a folder and name it “Whatever Bundle”. (Obviously replace the word ‘whatever' with the actual name of the bundle). I save all the eBooks into this folder. Then, I immediately move the books I am interested in reading RIGHT AWAY, into a folder labeled “Important eBooks.” Within this folder, I have subfolders and after browsing each book, I move it into the appropriate subfolder. I have folders like “Recipes,” “Herbs,” “Green Living,” “Health,” “Parenting,” etc…
I like this method because it helps keep me organized AND I won't forget which books I really wanted from each bundle.
Now, if time is on your side or you are super anal like me, you can have a second and third set of folders as well. I have one titled “Future Reads” and “Not Of Interest.” I am sure the intention behind these is obvious. Anything I might need down the road goes into “Future Reads” and “Not of Interest” holds anything that does not pertain to me…like men's health resources, pregnancy and breastfeeding, etc… Again, within each folder I have things organized into topical subfolders.
So that takes care of getting all the books into a nice, searchable location. But what about the RECIPE BOOKS??
Good grief! I know, I know. I feel the same way! What do you do with all 1,892 recipe eBooks you now have? Well, it is pretty easy!
First, you have to create subfolders under your recipe book folder. Get everything super duper organized by type of recipe book. Baking, Main Dishes, Salads, Beverages, Fermented Foods, Snacks, Paleo, GAPS, etc…
Then, create a small spreadsheet. Have columns for the Recipe Book Name, Folder Name that it is in, the Recipe Name and Page #, and then Comments. (Wait – I just made your life easier and created a Google Document that you can copy and save in your files!)
After you get that handled, don't worry about them all! When you need a recipe, go to the appropriate folder, skim the table of contents of a few of the books, and when you find your recipe, print it! Yes, print that recipe! (I know….it isn't very earth friendly but trust me – it will save your sanity.)
Take your printed recipe and go make the recipe. If it sucks, throw away the recipe and write a comment in your tracking sheet so you know not to use it again. If the recipe rocks your socks right off, then add that recipe to your Favorite Recipes Binder!!! (Wait….you don't have one of those??? Go Make One Now!).
I could not live without my recipe binder. Seriously. It has post it notes, dog-earned pages, and is overflowing! These are recipes from eBooks that I am made, loved, and don't ever want to forget! Some stay in heavy rotation while others come out for special occasions. But most importantly, I have them all in one easy to find location.
So that is my two cents on bundle mania. In summary:
- Do not purchase a bundle simply because it seems like a killer deal! Purchase it because there are enough resources in it that you TRULY want and will use. Do the calculations to make sure you are getting a better deal as a bundle than if you purchased the items individually.
- Immediately download the products and move them into the appropriate folders. This saves headaches later.
- Create a recipe binder. Period. Probably the most important thing you can do.
- And last but not least…never feel guilty for having, but not reading, every. single. book.
That's it! An honest look at bundle mania! And of course, stay tuned for four last bundles coming your way this year. Or at least the last four I will be promoting. But trust me…they are ALL going to be incredible!