I am way behind on answering my email – life does that sometimes – and it is a good thing my blog software allows me to setup posts in advance!
I’ve received a few emails over the last two weeks I have been unable to get to, and am going through them right now. However, I do receive the same question from a couple of people, which tells me more folks have the same question. What better way to answer them, as well as inform you, than in a separate blog post?
Before I get started, if you have a question and want to send me an email (or maybe you have constructive criticism?), you can do so by emailing me at kindle at gagler dot com – I type it out that way in a small attempt to avoid the spam robots!
Here’s one I originally received from Alexis and a few more:
…something that’s even MORE annoying to me is that there is an area that’s automatically generated on my Kindle that I don’t fully understand and it’s kinda driving me crazy. The whole “archives” thing. I can’t get rid of the crap in there and it’s making me nuts. Am I the only one? Am I missing a step? When I delete stuff it gets archived and I want it GONE….gone from sight….gone for good.
There may be times when you want to delete items from your Kindle permanently – never to be seen again. I’m not talking about just from your Kindle, but permanently from your Amazon records so that you can’t ever download it again. Forever.
Many of you may be wondering, “why would I want to do that?”
You can probably think of other reasons, but I can think of two reasons off the top of my head are:
- Your children, significant other, or someone else can also access your account with their Kindle or Kindle for PC / iPhone application, and you do not want them to know what you have been reading – maybe it’s an erotic romance, a title called “How to Spy on Your Lover,” or any other book you may not want them to read. For example, if you’re a parent you want to be able to monitor what your children are reading.
- You downloaded a book you thought was one thing, realized later it was something else, and you never want to see it again. For example, that would be a situation I would find myself in if I downloaded one of the Harlequin (or similar) romances offered for free quite a bit on the Amazon Kindle website – they are just not my thing. I also know Amazon utilizes what is in your list of books to market to you. I have some experience with this one, as I received some really strange recommendations for a particular genre. Once I permanently deleted the title I thought was causing this marketing, those recommendations disappeared for good.
To make a long story short, if you would like to permanently delete a title from your Kindle’s account, here are the steps you need to perform:
- First, remove the title from your Kindle.
- Second, go to the “Manage Your Kindle” section of the Amazon web page.
- In this section, scroll down to the “Your Orders” section and locate the title.
- Once you have located the title, click the plus sign to see the details.
- Next, click “Delete This Title.”
A word of caution – if you delete the title, and want to read it again, you will have to buy it again!
Hope that helps!
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