Monday, September 19, 2011

Kindle Skills - deleting archived books

Special thanks to Eleanor for this question. I hope she knows how much I appreciate her!
Such great questions!

Dear Cindy,

Just want to say how much I appreciated your blogs about the Cloud.  I hadn't really known anything about it although of course I'd heard the term and what you've told us is both clear and useful.

I do have a little problem.  Well, maybe 'problem' is a bit on the strong side!  It's really about archiving. As they rather quaintly call it.
I have, as you know, foolishly bought myself a Xoom.  I then synced my Kindle and lo and behold almost EVERY single book I've ever downloaded onto my Kindle since for ever has appeared on the Xoom, and obviously this includesALL the Archived books.  This is all a bit annoying because I really do not want ever to see a good many of those (rubbishy) books again.
HOW can I PERMANENTLY delete books I never want again? Is there a way?
I know you have explained to us the difference between DELETE and ARCHIVE, but .......???

Sounds like you are using the Amazon Cloud Reader on your Xoom... and that's good because unless you specifically download a book, you are reading on the "cloud" with the book being actually on Amazon's servers. That is probably why you can see all those archived books.

I know how it feels to want to permanently delete a book... on Amazon, you can do that, but you need to do it from the manage my kindle area on your regular computer. Once you delete a book from your archives, it is truly gone. The only way you can get it back again is to purchase it again. So certainly think twice before you consider this option.

About your Xoom. I have a feeling when the "new" Kindle tablet arrives, you will be appreciating it more and more. You will already have a device with the same operating system Amazon is using, and because of that, you will be able to (actually you can now) take advantage of the Amazon app store. I hear they are giving a "free app a day" to anyone who wants to sign up for it. I love my iPad, but there is something to be said for that kind of offer.

Also, reading books with your Kindle app on your tablet is much easier in darker areas than the Kindle. That e-ink is nice, but you do need regular lighting.

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