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How to delete books from Kindle

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A significant advantage of eBook reading device is the capacity, even with a basic version of Kindle, you can hold thousands of eBooks with this handy size device. But every coin has two sides, after finishing and archiving more and more books, the storage space will become more and more disordered.

When you need to spend minutes to find the book you want to read, it is high time that you cleaned your ebook shelf up.

Identify Your Needs

Before cleaning your Kindle up, you should know what kind of deletion do you need.

1) You have downloaded too many books and finished most of them, now you want to make your Kindle looks clear and clean, delete those finished books from device but keep them in cloud.

You are using Kindle device, like Kindle Touch, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire

You are using Kindle app, like Kindle for Android, Kindle for iOS

2) You even don't want to see those finished books in archive, want to delete them from Kindle Cloud.

Delete books completely from your Kindle Cloud, delete books from Kindle archive

Click the links above you can jump to the part which can solve your problem.

Delete books on Kindle devices like Kindle, Paperwhite and Kindle Fire

kindle modelDelete books from Kindle

(Tips: The model with a 5-way controller and 4 buttons at the bottom)

This is the cheapest model in Kindle family at the moment which only costs you $69, what a bargain! I bet you will never regret to have it.

To free up space on your Kindle, you can archive items by selecting the item’s name on the Home screen and pressing the Left Arrow on the 5-way controller. Select remove from device, and press the center of the 5-way controller.

Delete books from Kindle Keyboard

1. If you are not already on the Home screen, press the Home button.

2. In the list of the content already on your device, move the 5-way to underline the item you kindle keyboard modelwant to remove.

3. Move the 5-way to the left to remove the item.

4. For books purchased from the Kindle Store you will see “remove from device” and for all other content you will see “delete.” Press the 5-way to remove the content. To change your mind, move the 5-way up or down to cancel. Note that Kindle books are backed up for you at Amazon even if they are removed from the device.

5. For content other than books purchased from the Kindle Store, you will need to confirm the deletion of the content by selecting “ok.”

Delete books from Kindle Paperwhitekindle paperwhite model

To clean up your library on Kindle Paperwhite, you can remove items by pressing and holding the item’s name or cover on the Home screen. When the dialog box appears, tap Remove from Device. This option will vary depending upon the content. Your content will remain stored securely in the Cloud for download at a later time

kindle fire modelDelete books from Kindle Fire (HD)

To delete books from Kindle Fire, simply press and hold on an item to display the contextual menu, then select Remove from Device.

Content purchased from Amazon will remain stored in the Amazon Cloud in case you want to download it again at a later date.

Notice: All the methods above just delete the books from your device and archive them to your cloud, if you want to delete them completely, you need to remove them from Kindle Cloud.
 

Delete books from Kindle app for Android and iOS

delete from kindle androidRemove content from Kindle Android app

To remove content from your Kindle app which installed on Android device, you need to enter the application at first. Then you are in the home screen and there displays your books.

Now find the book you want to remove from your cellphone in the app, tap on and hold on the book you want to delete, then choose "Remove from device" (the last option).

You can see the screenshot on the right side.

Remove content from Kindle iOS app

You can delete books from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch so you don't have to use your device's memory space to store them.

To remove individual book from the Kindle for iOS app, simply tap and hold the cover of the book, and then tap "Remove from device" which in fact is the only choice for you.

delete from kindle ios

Tips: For a book synced from cloud, the pop out choice is "Remove from device". For a book only exist on your device, it will be "Delete permanently". And for all iOS 7 version Kindle app, there will be an extra "Add to Collection" option.
 

Content that is purchased from the Kindle Store is archived and can be re-downloaded at any time; sideloaded content and personal documents that are not archived in your Kindle Library are permanently deleted.

Delete books from Kindle Cloud

Before you do this, please make sure you understand that if you delete a book completely from your Kindle Cloud, you will not be able to read it any more unless you purchase the book again.

Tips: In other words, you are giving up your ownership of this book by deleting it from your Kindle Cloud. It is still not too late to give up this decision.
 

Alright, if you reach this part, I can see you really have a pretty strong mind to clean up your Kindle archives. Now let's remove contents from Kindle Cloud completely and permanently.

1) Login to Amazon.com and go to "Manage Your Content and Devices" (Formerly "Manage your Kindle") page. In this page you can see all the items in your Kindle Cloud, which means they can be synced to all your registered Kindle devices and apps.

2) Select the books you want to delete, and then click on "Delete" button.

delete from kindle cloud

3) Then it will pop up a warning window to let you make sure. Click "Yes".

delete from kindle cloud warning

Finally, you have deleted this book completely, you are not able to see the book in either your device or your cloud any more.

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05/7/2013 23:38:43
Thanks so much for posting this, it is really helpful to have all the instructions for a variety of devices in one place and I appreciate the time you put into this.
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06/5/2013 10:55:34
I always delete my books from kidle management, but some of the books stay on my ipad. When I tap them they just want to know if I want to download..
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06/5/2013 19:10:31
Hi Susie,
If you keep a book on the device, and directly delete it in Kindle Library Management page, then the book on your device will not disappear. But if you delete a book on both device and Kindle Library Management page, you are not to able to download it again.
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06/11/2013 08:08:05
Very informative all you need to know, thank you
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06/17/2013 15:38:53
Thank you for the information on this. I have been looking for a way to delete some duplicate documents I had in my kindle app for quite some time and I appreciate the detailed walkthrough.
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06/17/2013 19:20:38
Thanks for the nice words. Hope we can deliver more helpful information to you. :)
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07/16/2013 04:39:15
my  problem still is when I access "manage my kinde", to delete all read books,  the site opens and a flashing msg reads "connecting" - but it never does.
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07/16/2013 18:53:40
That might be something wrong with your network connection. Or Amazon's server meets glitches. You can try it later.
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08/7/2013 10:51:23
and even after you permanently remove them, your kindle fire will still say low storage. nothing I do seems to have any effect. maybe throwing it across the room or in the trash?
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08/7/2013 18:25:23
Maybe you have installed too many apps or loaded too many songs & videos?
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08/11/2013 13:40:34
How do you delete a kindle book that shows up in your pc app, but not in the Cloud Reader"
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08/11/2013 23:28:55

Hi Julia,
I guess the book is loaded from your local drive to Kindle PC app.

Right click on the book cover you can see delete option, or left click on the book cover, and press "delete" on your keyboard.

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09/28/2013 13:38:48
When you go into manage my kindle, it does does not bring up the books that in your cloud reader, just your kindle library.
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11/15/2013 13:25:35
I did as instructed and removed about 8-9 books from my archives (cloud?) now I have fewer MG left than I did before I deleted them What is happening?
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11/18/2013 01:17:29

And you also need to delete them on your device. And make sure you hadn't sync other contents.

Delete books definitely won't take more space.

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12/10/2013 00:57:25
I really appreciate your doing this as my Kindle app on my iPad was getting kind of trashy/messy looking.
However, you may want to make a note of the following: as I was deleting titles from my device page I noticed that the dialogue box that popped up said something different than what you quote here. It said: "Delete Permanently" over "Add to Collection". As I was only deleting samples and one (horrid) book that I got by mistake I opted to click on Delete Permanently. You might want to check this out. It could be different post OS 7.
Again, thank you.
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12/11/2013 23:16:36

Hi,

If the book is synced from your cloud library, then you will see "Remove from Devide".

If the file doesn't exist in the cloud but just on your device, you will see "Delete permanently".

However, I will explain this in the article. Thanks for your feedback.

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01/1/2014 12:58:08
This method works for deleting books, however the cloud version is left behind on machine.
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01/5/2014 21:55:31
I want to delete books that were purchased years ago. Since I've updated to new Droid phones those old titles do not show up on the list for me to manage. How do I get rid of those books?
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02/7/2014 02:06:36
How do you remove the book icon from a Kindle Android.
The books have been deleted, but the icons still show, but with a cloud impression
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02/7/2014 18:10:56

The cloud icon indicates the book is still remain in your Kindle cloud library.

If you want to get rid of it, please refer the method about deleting kindle books permanently.

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02/9/2014 01:50:34
Thanks Jonny, I had figured that out, but I just wanted to delete the books/icons from my Android not permanently from my Kindle library. It seems that is not possible. In that case there is no point deleting any books in my Android
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02/18/2014 08:28:07
This article helped where others simply confused.  Not being able to get rid of a horrible book is beyond irritating for a book worm like me.  Using the steps given I was finally able to joyfully delete the waste of space from my library, iPad and Cloud once and for all.
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02/22/2014 05:53:41
Thanks for the help. I wish you would clarify some iTunes download issues for me
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03/7/2014 10:12:42
Thank you for taking the time to write this. You'd think this was a silly thing to spend any time on at all; esp. since most people are at least partly computer savvy. Well, I'm pretty techno-literate and it was driving me NUTS that I could NOT find a way to quickly and intuitively delete a book from the Kindle App I downloaded to my iPad Air. Thank you for solving this so elegantly.
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05/14/2014 12:55:57
I read my Kindle books on my ipad mini.  When I get through reading a book I want to delete it from the ipad mini.  When I hold my finger down on it, it says Remove from Device or Add to Collection.  When I click on Remove from Device it removes the book but leaves the icon.  How do I get rid of the icon to clean up the ipad. I no longer want to see anything of it on my ipad.  
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07/17/2014 20:11:20
I have tried to delete books from cloud off of my kindle. However, even following your instructions the book are removed from the devise but not the cloud. Please... How do you get them off the cloud? I share the devise with my son and dontcwant him to access the books on cloud. Please help?
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07/19/2014 11:38:01
I want to delete books from my cloud only,when I followed directions they were still there I would like to get them off permanently.How do I do that
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07/20/2014 20:35:43

You can't get a book from cloud ONLY.

If you delele a book from cloud, you are no longer own this book.

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07/19/2014 14:18:57
Thank You very much, it worked this time ,I don't know what I did before,but thank you again very much.
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07/19/2014 18:30:58
Now that Amazon has changed it's "Manage My Kindle" - how do you delete non-Amazon purchased books from the Kindle App on iPhones and iPads
Thank you
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07/20/2014 20:37:18

If you want to delete local copy of non-purchased book from your mobile device, just long-press on the cover.

If you want to delete from cloud, click "Show:", and choose "Docs", then your non-purchased titles in cloud will be displayed.

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10/9/2014 10:31:41
I have several Kindle devices that are logged into my personal Amazon account. This works great, since we all have similar reading preferences.  I dont have to purchase the book twice for my family to read. However,sometimes i purchase books that i dont want my children to read. How do i stop the books from being synced to all devices?
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11/17/2014 20:30:02
1, Visit Manage Your Content and Devices
2, Select the Settings tab.
3, Under Device Synchronization (Whispersync Settings), make sure that Whispersync Device Synchronization is OFF.
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10/9/2014 19:34:55
I have an iPad air and the kindle app. iPad running IOS 8.0.2. In Kindle and selecting Cloud I touch and hold a book I want to be rid of and only get the choice of 'Download' or 'Add to collection'. No option to 'delete'. How do I accomplish the scrapping of the book? Thanks in advance.
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11/17/2014 20:25:49
You can accomplish this by operating on Amazon's website.
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10/24/2014 16:41:37
Hi I followed the advice at the top but I have gone back onto my Clomid on my kindle and the books are still showing. What can I do?
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11/6/2014 18:35:21
Charlotte, I have the same problem.  I can delete books off the device, but they seem to be on the Cloud forever, even if I delete them from my account at amazon.com
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11/17/2014 20:00:32
If you already delete the books from cloud, try to restart the device and check if the books are still showing up.
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