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Initial post: Feb 10, 2012 10:37:24 AM PST
I have new Kindle touch. Directions say to delete a book to touch title and select delete or Archive. i cannot find the delete option. I can archive it but can't delete it from there either. I have over 100 books on my Kindle and want to delete books I have read or don't like. Any help is appreciated. Am i missing something?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 10:38:55 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Once you send it to the archive it is no longer on our Kindle. The archive is kept at Amazon. If you go to your Manage Your Kindle page and delete it from there you can not view the book again unless you buy it again.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 10:45:21 AM PST
You have to first delete the book in the Manage Your Kindle Page. Find the book you want on that page, then hover over the dropdown menu until it pops up, and click on 'Delete this book'. Once it's deleted, make sure your Kindle is connected to Wifi, then click on 'sync and check for new items'. Then you do what you've been doing to archive books, but 'Delete this book' should have replaced the archive option. If it hasn't, then just sync again until it does.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 10:52:11 AM PST
Luvzhorses says:
Personally I find it easier to hook my Kindle Touch up to my PC and remove the files from the kindle that way. My archive isn't in my way and I don't have to worry about getting the book back if I want to by re-downloading it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2012 11:05:52 AM PST
Hmm...I hadn't thought about that, Luvz :) I'll have to try that next time I need to delete something

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 6:58:28 AM PST
I guess the archive thing confuses me. All of my new purchases go to my kindle archive until I move them. Than when I want to delete a book it goes back to archive & due to my poor memory i end up downloading them again.
From what you are saying I am supposed to go to the internet "manage my Kindle" to delete a book?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 7:01:08 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
If you want the book completely gone then yse you need to go to the internet Amazon page (where you are now) - click on My Account and find "manage your kindle".
From there you can click on Actions next to a book and then delete the book. But if you think you or someone else on your account may want to read the book in the future, do not delete it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2012 7:04:04 AM PST
I just deleted a couple. Thank you for your help. I mis-read Kindle directions & thought I could delete direct from Kindle. I have it figured out now.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 6:44:36 PM PDT
P. Baer says:
I just purchased two additional kindles for my kids that are on the same account (three total). All of my books were put in the archives on the two new kindles. How do I get these off of the kids kindles without totally deleting them from mine too?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 6:47:51 PM PDT
you can take the titles off of the kids kindles directly, you cannot remove them from the archive without removing them permanently, from any of them.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2012 6:48:22 PM PDT
All devices and Kindle apps that are registered on the same account have access to all the books on the account. The only way, and it does NOT work with the Fire, is to download the books to the kids' Kindles and then de-register those Kindles. The books will stay on their Kindles.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 5:29:15 AM PDT
P. Baer says:
How do I take them off of the kids Kindles? They still show up in the archives on their kindles.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 5:30:35 AM PDT
P. Baer says:
Thanks John. I did deregister one and it doesn't show anything in archives except the book he bought. The other kindle still shows all of the books in the Archives but does not allow you to get to them.

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2012 5:11:20 PM PDT
Danno says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 5:04:08 PM PDT
J. Brauner says:
Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 5:08:26 PM PDT
@P. Baer: Try synching that Kindle and see if that removes the list.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 5:10:29 PM PDT
@Danno: To delete an item such as a book, tap-and-hold on the title on the Home screen and then select the Delete or Remove option.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 11:49:45 PM PDT
Danno says:
You just don't get it, John. On my brand new, 2012 Kindle Touch 3g there is NO Delete! Tapping and holding the title on the home page brings me lotsa stuff... DELETE not being one of them. Yes, I can Archive... but I don't wanna archive. I wanna delete! Sheesh! Luvz, help me out here, please. Danno

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012 12:31:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 2, 2012 12:32:26 AM PDT
@Danno: Once the book is archived (and that means that the ebook file is removed or **deleted** from your Kindle, leaving only the title in the list of archived items), then you go to the Manage Your Kindle page on the website and delete it from there. Then synch your Kindle, and the book will disappear from the archived items list on the Kindle. You can then never get it back unless you buy it again.

You did not say that you wanted it gone from your Kindle library, otherwise I could have told you this at the start. You can't remove it from your library using the menu system or keys on the Kindle, because ebooks belong to the account and so have to be removed or deleted from the account using the MYK facility on the website.

You could also read all about it in the user guide on your Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012 7:55:27 AM PDT
Danno says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2012 9:17:34 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
People ARE trying to help you. Most people don't want to permanently delete their books, they just want them off the kindle. You were not specific with your wishes at first.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 2:55:59 AM PDT
One reason that people are giving seemingly conflicting answers is that Amazon tends to be inconsistent in its terminology.

On my Kindle Keyboard and my Android phone, the option for removing a book from the device is called "Remove from Device".

On my Touch, the same option is worded as "Move to Archived Items". I'm not positive, but I think the change to the Touch wording happened during one of the updates.

Both of these options have the exact same affect -- the book is removed from the device but is still available to be downloaded again. I'm guessing that Amazon thought the new wording was somehow less confusing (I disagree). in reality, you are not "moving" the book anywhere.

I'm sure I won't be technically accurate either but, in essence, Amazon keeps its inventory of ebooks on servers, with some number of alternate download locations and backups. There are no ebooks actually in our personal archives.

Conceptually, my "archive" is more like a list of titles I've "bought" and a bunch of pointers keeping track of where the system can find a copy whenever I want to download one of them. It also keeps information like my bookmarks and annotations, and keeps track of which Kindles or apps I currently have a copy of the book on, so I don't exceed the limit allowed for a particular book, and so I'll be able to sync last page read between devices.

Adding (downloading) a book to one of my Kindles or deleting a book from a Kindle doesn't affect my archive (other than bookkeeping info); other Kindles or apps on my account can still go to the archive and download the book.

I'm not sure any of that made sense; I could never be a technical writer ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012 3:02:41 AM PDT
@Danno: Thanks for setting me straight. I won't try to help you again, as I obviously can not comprehend your questions. Sorry for putting you to so much trouble to sort me out.

One suggestion for the future: be as specific as you can, as the English language is open to interpretation in a variety of ways.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2012 8:58:27 AM PDT
Danno says:
You are welcome, John. "Delete" is a very complex term which, not everyone understands. It really is more helpful not to advise unless one actually understands the question and the problem. I have come to understand that maybe all Kindle Touchs are not equal and maybe some actually do have a Delete feature to press.... mine does not. I was not familiar with the term, Archive in this sense and didn't know it was considered the same as Delete. I knew it was a way to get the darned book outa my sight but I really did want it completely out of there. Again, I thank the nice lady who advised me to just go to Amazon on my computer and get the job done right. I'm also convinced many other readers have learned to do it this way too, thanks to her wisdom. And thanks to you too, John for your input. I'm sure we two have made many people laugh over the past few days. Now I must run... and delete about a dozen old books at to make room for more. Danno, the more learned PS: I am 80 yrs old and still learning! :-)

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 9:40:08 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
unfortunately there are two readily understood forms of delete in the kindle world:

delete from the kindle means to physically remove the book from the kindle
delete from the account or delete permanently means to remove the book from both the kindle and the account

and most people do not seem to want to remove the books from their accounts as that means they are no longer available and will need to be repurchased again. I'd say about 70-80% of the people who want to delete books want to just get them off their kindle.
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