Decluttering, whether physical or digital, is good for the soul. But for most of us, there are areas we overlook when cleaning — like our Kindle libraries. While it’s easy to delete ebooks from a Kindle device or Kindle mobile app, removing books from your Kindle cloud account isn’t as straightforward.
In this post, we’ll go over how to do both.
Deleting Ebooks From Your Kindle Device
You can delete ebooks from your device or app right within said device or app. Navigate to the list of titles downloaded to your device, find the title you want to remove, tap and hold the title, and select Remove from Device. (These steps are the same whether you’re using a Kindle or using the Kindle mobile app.)
When deleting from a device or app, the title remains on your account and you will be able to re-download it in the future.
Deleting Ebooks From Your Kindle Account
If you want to completely wipe the book from your cloud account, you’ll need to use a web browser. Log in to your Amazon account, then go to Manage your content and devices. Here you’ll find a list of all of the titles on your account.
If you have a family account, you’ll also see titles that were purchased by other family members. These will be clearly labeled as Shared with you. Only if you’re added to the account as an adult family member will you be able to delete those.
Find the book you want to delete, and click the menu button with three dots to the left of the title and click Delete in the menu that pops up.
You will have one chance to confirm that you want to delete the title. Click Yes, delete permanently.
You’ll see a confirmation that the item has been queued for deletion. There doesn’t appear to be a way to access that queue, and if you decide at a later date that you want that book back in your cloud account, you will have to pay for it again.
Do you prefer to delete ebooks from your account or do you hold on to everything you’ve purchased? Let us know in the comments.
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