Do you read books using the Kindle app on your phone? Have you ever tried to delete a book you didn’t want? You can’t, but you can using the method revealed here. Clean up your Kindle library.
As you buy books or add free books to the Amazon Kindle app, they are added to the library. This causes it to grow and grow until it becomes difficult to find the books you want to read.
Too many books can clutter the display.
Sometimes you read a book and don’t want to read it again. How do you remove it from the Kindle library?
Sometimes you download a book and don’t like it. I often go online and download all the latest free ebooks for the Kindle reader app and read them on my phone. Some free books turn out to be brilliant, but a few are not to my liking and I would rather get rid of them. How?
There is no obvious way to delete books on the phone, but it can be done.
I will be using an Apple iPhone for this, but everything applies to Android too.
Hide books in the Kindle app
The Kindle app on the iPhone does not let you delete books. However, they can be hidden.
Books that are stored on the device have a tick icon. Go to your library and if you slide right to left over a book that has been downloaded and then press the Archive button.
Archiving a book in the Kindle app only deletes the copy stored on the device. It deletes the local copy, but it is still there in the Kindle library. This is a bit like deleting apps you have downloaded to your phone and they remain in your account so they can be downloaded again.
Down at the bottom of the Kindle app screen are two tabs, Cloud and Device. Select the Device tab and only downloaded books are listed.
Swipe and archive books to remove them from the Device screen. They remain on the Cloud tab though.
Log in to Amazon
The way to delete books from your Kindle library is to delete them from your account at the Amazon website.
Go to the Amazon site, press the Sign In button at the top of the page and enter your username and password.
Go to your account and there is a long list of settings. Find Content and Devices and press it.
Select and delete books
There is a menu button at the top to select the type of content to display. Select Books if it is not already selected.
Find a book you never want to see again and press the checkbox to select it. Press the Delete button to delete it.
The Kindle app on the phone syncs with your online account, so the next time it is started, the book will be removed from the library listing.
- Written by Roland Waddilove
- Published: 09 April 2017