Can delete Amazon books on my Kindle

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You've probably enjoyed reading e-books on your Kindle (or the Kindle app) for years and found a nice, interesting digital library of titles. But what if someone else needs to see this library of yours ... and there are some things in you that you would rather not have? You say maybe one of those insidious romance novels that make up 34% of fiction sales in the US?

Don't worry, dear reader. We're not here to judge your taste in fiction. However, if for whatever reason you want to rid your Amazon Kindle library of not-entirely-family-friendly novels, here's what to do:

Remove downloaded books or permanently remove them

For the sake of clarity: In this manual, Completely used to remove a novel or other item from your Amazon Kindle library without removing a downloaded book from an linked Kindle or Kindle app. Books that are downloaded and then deleted are still available as near-instant downloads from your personal Kindle library, linked to your Amazon account, and viewable online.

Removing an item from a Kindle is easy: long-press the book in the Home screen, then tap "Remove from Device".

It's very similar on the Kindle smartphone app, but you can long press to select multiple items, then press the delete or remove from device icon.

It is actually a bit more complicated to completely ban the book from the library.

Manage "Your Content and Devices" on Amazon

To completely remove a book from your cloud library, consider using a laptop or desktop computer with a full web browser (a mobile browser will do that in an emergency if you have to). Go to the "Manage Content and Devices" section in your Amazon account: click this link to go directly there.

This page shows you everything you've bought on your Kindle through Amazon. The link above directs you to Books, but you can use the drop-down menu in the top left corner to select magazines, audiobooks, or even apps from the Amazon Appstore. We're sticking to books for this demonstration.

You can find every single item in the list just by searching, but it might be quicker to sort the list using the Sort By drop-down menu, or just do a manual search using the search bar on the right side of the window.

Once you've found the book you want to zap, click the "..." menu button to the left of the title. In the pop-up window that appears, click Delete.

You get one more warning: if you delete the item, it will be permanently removed from your Kindle library. If you want to read this book one more time, you will have to buy it again at full price.

When you're sure you want to remove the book from your library, click Yes, Permanently Delete the book and it's gone forever.


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