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Paperwhite: Going to Archive Title/Author Directly by Alphabetic Input

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Initial post: Nov 1, 2012, 12:22:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 1, 2012, 12:24:02 PM PDT
It took me two days to find this out. I wanted to go to the page that contained books starting with, for example, authors in my Cloud who had a last name starting with "s". The first Amazon rep said it couldn't be done on the Paperwhite, as we had been able to do on the Keyboard Kindle. The Kindle User's Guide (Loc 191) implied I could by "tapping the x/y on the Home page." I had no idea what this meant. The second call got me Julio who spent some time researching it.

The "x/y" turns out to be the page number location in the lower right of the screen on the Home Page.

Go to Home and tap Cloud. You'll get the first page of your archive listed alphabetically by author/title (your choice.) At the bottom right you'll get the number 1/(number of pages in your archive.) Mine says 1/65. Tap that number and a new screen will appear that allows you to go to a particular page in your archive or, what I was trying to do, the page where the author/title starts with your letter of choice. When I type "s" and tap Go it sends me to page 51/65 where the first authors that start with "s" reside.

The pages are predetermined by the number of books you own so don't expect the "s" target to be at the top of your first page. More likely a few "r" entries will begin that page but this is no problem. Just sweep to the left to go to additional books/authors in your search.

Posted on Nov 1, 2012, 12:24:55 PM PDT
Fuzzy says:
Good info, thank you,

Posted on Nov 2, 2012, 1:03:10 AM PDT
John D says:
+1. Thanks for the handy tip!

Posted on Dec 23, 2012, 4:02:02 PM PST
Question: On my old Kindle I had an "archive" where I could put the books I had read by simply clicking on "remove from device" and the book went to my "archive". The book was NOT DELETED from my Kindle. Now I have the new Kindle Paperwhite, I want to do the same thing. This way I can track the books I've read because they were not listed when I clicked the "home" key. Is there a way to do this on the Paperwhite? Also, what is the difference between "cloud" and "device".

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012, 4:20:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2013, 7:33:09 AM PST
🌲Arual says:
Hi Sheila,

On your old Kindle, your books in the Archives were NOT on your Kindle. They were held safely on Amazon's computer servers (called the "Cloud"), but they were not physically on your Kindle (the "Device"), taking up memory space. You could easily re-download them at any time to your Kindle.

This works exactly the same way with your Paperwhite. When you long press a title on your Home page, you'll see a box come up with some options, one of which is to Remove from Device. This takes your book off your Kindle ("Device"), but it will remain with Amazon ("Cloud"), ready to be re-downloaded whenever you want to.

You can see what you've got in the cloud by tapping "Cloud" on top left of the Home screen.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012, 4:24:01 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
you can consider the Cloud = Archives in most cases

Posted on Dec 23, 2012, 5:07:19 PM PST
Thanks for the handy tip Robert!


In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012, 5:21:23 PM PST
After I explored my Kindle Paperwhite more, I discovered that when I did "remove from my device" the books that I have read, they go to the CLOUD and I can retrieve them at anytime. The books I haven't read are then in my DEVICE. Thank you for your reply. It took me a while, but I finally got it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012, 5:53:44 PM PST
🌲Arual says:
Happy to help! Write back if you need something else...

Posted on Jan 1, 2013, 9:49:24 AM PST
Obaid says:
what about books that are not purchased from amazon? When i remove them from device; they are permanently deleted, not stored on cloud. any help?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013, 10:02:58 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
you can email them to your kindle which will store them on your account

Posted on Jan 1, 2013, 10:05:43 AM PST
Obaid says:
thats correct .. but i transferred a huge collection from my pc to kindle before i started using cloud. now these books have highlights and notes on kindle. is there a way to upload these to cloud so i don't lose my notes?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013, 10:07:42 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I have no idea - maybe start a thread asking and you'll get a response from someone who knows (I never highlight or make notes, so I wouldn't know)

Posted on Jan 1, 2013, 10:08:47 AM PST
Obaid says:
never mind .. thanks for the help

Posted on Jan 7, 2013, 7:27:24 AM PST
J Preston says:
New question... On the paperwhite where it says 'loc'.. You can tap it and it changes to different informative options, like 'mins until you finish a chapter'

Is this an update? Ie. can I get the same on my touch? Or is it just on the new ones?


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2013, 8:23:35 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
J Preston, at the moment only the PaperWhite has the "time to read" feature. Whether it might be added to other Kindle models in the future is something we'll know when it happens; Amazon rarely announces the details of future firmware upgrades.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013, 7:17:18 AM PST
Pat Forbis says:
I just received my new paperwhite. While I love the light addition I do not like the new go to page. I like to go to the cover of the book. Many times when a new book opens it goes to the first chapter there by skipping the opening pages which may include a prologue or other relevent info. How do I get to the cover?

I despise the chapter counter at the bottom of the page. I have not interest in seeing how many more minutes it will take me to finish a chapter. Can these be elimnated? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013, 7:31:02 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
Go to Cover (often this is at the bottom of the list and in some ebooks I've purchased, the cover is the last page, not the first page)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013, 7:46:24 AM PST
Holy Smoke says:
Tap the area on the bottom where you see the minutes/chapter counter. It will change to "location". (It might take 2 taps, there are 3 selections) Location not as intimidating (imho!)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2013, 8:06:54 AM PST
Pat Forbis says:
Thank you, thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2013, 10:58:34 AM PDT
I have recently bought my first copy of the Daily Telegraph for my Paperwhite. The long press that you talk about does not reveal a "Remove from Device" option. The nearest to it is "Delete this Issue". If I use this does this issue go to my bit of the Cloud or is it really deleted forever?

Posted on Mar 25, 2013, 11:23:51 AM PDT
BB says:
When I am reading a book and go to the device home page my book gets lost in the recently downloaded books. My nook has a reading now button but I do not see anything like that on my PW. Is this something that can be put in an update? Just asking. I have no idea how hard or easy that would be to add. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2013, 11:26:54 AM PDT
We're all other customers, here. If you want Amazon to see this suggestion, email them at

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2013, 11:42:15 AM PDT
BB says:
Okay thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2013, 11:54:50 AM PDT
BB says:
Really glad to know this. Thanks
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